It kinda makes me panic how much salt or random ingredients go in in some of the stuff I like or seemed healthy to me. One thing is cereal bar. I bought two packs last month and still have a few leftover. I had a hard time choosing which ones to buy because it seems nothing is really that good for you. I decided to make a protein oat bar based on what I have at home.
I did use peanut butter though. Skippy peanut butter. That has a lot of ingredients on its list too. But it was only the one “sticky” ingredient I can use. I didn’t have dates. I did have bananas but the requirement I had to make it was also no bake. So I did use peanut butter. I will still have to look up the ingredients on that list.
So I put together 1 cup of rolled oats, a cup of almonds which have been partially pulverized. In the microwave, I heated the peanut butter and honey to make it spreadable. I then mixed the two, packed in a square container, and sprinkled cocoa powder on top. Keep it in the freezer then slice.
It was only after making it that I counted the calories in it that I was flabbergasted. It totaled to about 2000 for the whole thing! I didn’t expect it to be that much. I was hoping to just cut the bars into 10 but that would be whopping 200 calories per serving. So in the end, I cut it into 15 bars to about 130 calories. Not bad, but not too much on the calorie front. The great thing though is it fresh, no preservatives, and mostly good for you.
I will find a way to keep it low calorie next time. And this is the reason I am calling this protein bar instead of granola or cereal bar. Because I only deserve this after a great workout.
Oat Almond Bar Peanut Bar Recipe
1 cup almonds, partially blitzed
1 cup oats (toast it if you want to)
1/2 cup peanut butter mixed with a few tablespoons of honey,, heated for 30 seconds in the microwave
cocoa powder, optional
Mix all ingredients and then flatten and squish in a pan. Cover the top with cocoa powder. Keep in the freezer before slicing. Then keep still after slicing. Eat and enjoy.