Homemade Protein Granola Bars

We recently asked ProMedica HealthConnect readers to tell us their favorite on-the-go breakfast. Out of nearly 100 votes, granola or fruit bar topped the list! We asked HealthConnect columnist and registered dietitian Kinsy McNamee to give us an easy granola bar recipe to fuel our readers in the morning. Here it is below!

Far too many people are not getting the protein they need in the morning as it can be difficult to include as part of a healthy breakfast, especially if you don’t like eggs or yogurt. Protein bars can help make up a great breakfast or a healthy snack. The problem is often the price tag associated with them, or the amount of sugar they include. I’ve come up with a great protein bar recipe that is easy, tasty, and nutritious. Take a look to see how simple it is to whip these up!

Here’s how to make it:

In a large bowl combine:

  • 1 cup of dry oats
  • 1 cup of Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/2 cup of HMR chocolate protein powder (or other low sugar chocolate protein powder)

Mix dry ingredients together, then add:

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water

Mix well and then press into 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 15 minutes, cut and store in an airtight container. Voila! Breakfast is ready.

Serves 10. Per serving:
160 calories
7.5 grams fat
8 grams protein
16 grams total carbohydrate
2 grams fiber
6 grams sugar

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Kinsy McNamee, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian at ProMedica Wellness. Her monthly blog, Eating Right in Real Life, is a hearty serving of nutrition tips and insight for everyday families.