These Peanut Butter Oat Bars Are The Perfect Mid-Day Protein Pick-Me-Up

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These Peanut Butter Oat Bars Are The Perfect Mid-Day Protein Pick-Me-Up

Every morning when I head out to the gym, I look for a great protein based snack to get me started. I’ve found that peanut butter gives me the best boost of energy and it’s a healthy alternative to those store bought energy bars. That said, I wanted something that I could take along with me to the gym and to work for a great mid-day pick-me-up – just something to curb those hunger pains and maybe give me a little energy to finish up my day. And then I found the recipe for these delicious peanut butter oat bars.

These Peanut Butter Oat Bars Are The Perfect Mid-Day Protein Pick-Me-Up

Not only are they approved by my personal trainer – and she’s really strict when it comes to snacks – they are absolutely delicious and my kids really love them. They have just the right amount of protein without having too much sugar and they’re really easy to make. What else could you possibly need in a snack bar? Oh, did I mention that there’s a jam layer? That makes it even better. My kids even eat them for breakfast, which is great when we have busy mornings. Although I prefer to feed them dishes like this spinach bacon frittata, sometimes there’s just not time and these peanut butter oat bars perfectly fill them up and still make me feel as if they’re eating healthy.

Whether you go to the gym or just need something scrumptious to curb hunger pains before lunch or dinner, these bars are quickly going to become your go-to for energy. They take less than an hour to make and with peanut butter, oats and frozen raspberries, you are going to absolutely love their taste. Incidentally, you could substitute frozen strawberries if you prefer them to raspberries or even blackberries. The possibilities are endless! These are also a great dessert option when you want something healthy. Consider adding them to your menu after you’ve served this crispy garlic parmesan salmon for a really healthy meal.

If you need a great energy bar and you want something homemade and wholesome, I highly recommend these peanut butter oat bars. Not only are they delicious, they are quick and easy to make and I guarantee your entire family is going to love them.

Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 bars

Serving size: 100 g (3.5 oz)

Cuisine: American

Type: Dessert

Ingredients:

For the bars:

½ cup butter, room temperature;
½ cup sugar;
1 egg;
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter;
¾ cup rolled oats;
1 ¼ cup flour;
½ tsp baking powder.

For the jam:

½ cup frozen raspberries, thawed;
2 tbsp sugar;
1 tsp cornstarch;
2 tbsp water.

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 375 F (190 C). Lay 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper and grease with a little bit of vegetable oil or cooking spray.
2. Cream softened butter with egg and sugar. Add peanut butter and beat again until smooth.
3. In another bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, oats and baking powder.
4. Add dry ingredients to the egg-sugar-butter mixture and stir until crumbly dough forms.
5. For the jam combine raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan over the medium heat. Mash with fork and wait until all of the sugar crystals dissolve. Add cornstarch dissolved in water and leaver over the heat until thick and bubbly. Leave to cool down for 10-15 minutes.
6. Spread 2/3 of the dough over the bottom of prepared baking pan. Cover the dough with raspberry jam and spread leftover crumbly dough over.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool before slicing.

Starting with fresh ingredients gives you a tasty and healthy snack bar
Starting with fresh ingredients gives you a tasty and healthy snack bar
Peanut butter and oats offer great nutritional value and are packed with protein
Peanut butter and oats offer great nutritional value and are packed with protein

Cream together ingredients until smooth and then add in oats
Cream together ingredients until smooth and then add in oats

Raspberry jelly like filling gives them just the right amount of sweetness
Raspberry jelly like filling gives them just the right amount of sweetness
Slice and enjoy as a morning snack, pre workout protein bar or just anytime treat
Slice and enjoy as a morning snack, pre workout protein bar or just anytime treat

Finished recipe

Yields 6

These Peanut Butter Oat Bars Are The Perfect Mid-Day Protein Pick-Me-Up

If you need a great energy bar and you want something homemade and wholesome, I highly recommend these peanut butter oat bars. Not only are they delicious, they are quick and easy to make and I guarantee your entire family is going to love them.

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F (190 C). Lay 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper and grease with a little bit of vegetable oil or cooking spray.
  2. Cream softened butter with egg and sugar. Add peanut butter and beat again until smooth.
  3. In another bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, oats and baking powder.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the egg-sugar-butter mixture and stir until crumbly dough forms.
  5. For the jam combine raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan over the medium heat. Mash with fork and wait until all of the sugar crystals dissolve. Add cornstarch dissolved in water and leaver over the heat until thick and bubbly. Leave to cool down for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Spread 2/3 of the dough over the bottom of prepared baking pan. Cover the dough with raspberry jam and spread leftover crumbly dough over.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool before slicing.

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