A healthy alternative to store-bought granola bars, these chewy nut-free protein bars are perfect for snacking on-the-go!
As a mom of two young boys I am here to confirm that the rumor is true: boys will, in fact, eat you out of house and home.
As easy as it would be to rely on store-bought granola bars, making them at home is not only more affordable but it allows me to control the quality of ingredients.
This year, both of my boys are in nut-free classrooms which presented another challenge: tweaking our usual granola bar recipe to be nut-free but also provide a hefty boost of protein.
The end result is these soft and chewy nut-free protein bars scented with warm cinnamon and plump raisins. For even more protein, I pair them with a Stonyfield yogurt pouch packed with calcium and Vitamin D.
Stonyfield Playfields mission for kids:
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In the meantime, we have kids to feed, am I right? So get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these soft and chewy nut-free protein bars to pair with your favorite Stonyfield yogurt. You’ll be so glad you did.
No. But they will keep longer if you do.
Making nut-free bars low sugar as well:
Leaving out the chocolate chips and raisins will keep the sugar down.
No forks required.
Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 baking sheet with parchment paper for easy protein bar removal.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, flax meal, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, whisk together apple sauce, honey and vanilla. Pour mixture over the oat mixture and stir well. Add raisins and stir again until mixture is evenly incorporated.
- Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking pan using a rubber spatula to press the mixture firmly into the pan in an even layer.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before slicing into bars.
Do these protein bars require refrigeration?No. But they will keep longer if you do.
Can white flour be substituted for whole wheat flour?Yes. White flour will be fine.
How can I cut down the sugar in these bars?Just leave out the chocolate chips and raisins.
If I want to use sugar instead of honey and applesauce, what would be the amount?I would not swap those ingredients out on this recipe.