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Cranberry Oat Bars

cranberry-oat-barsWhen it comes to snack foods like granola bars, muffins, granola, and energy bites, we make it a priority to prepare ours at home rather than purchasing them at the grocery store.

Why?

One of the biggest reasons is added sugar. Some granola bars can have over 10g of sugar per bar – that’s more than 2 tsp of added sugar from the recommended 6-10 tsp per day!

In addition to that, all processed foods need to have some preservatives (sodium included) added to keep them shelf-stable, making the ingredient list long and often a mystery to most of us.

We much prefer making our snacks at home because the ingredients are real, we know what they are and we can control the sweetness, salt and anything else that’s needed!

These bars are a great start if you’re just getting into homemade snacks. They come together in one bowl and under 15 minutes, and pack a high protein and fibre punch with only 7g of sugar per bar! They work for an on-the-go breakfast or afternoon pick me up, and can be frozen up to 3 months!

What are your favourite homemade snacks? 

Print Recipe
Cranberry Oat Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-23 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Wet
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter natural, salted
  • 3/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Dry
  • 2.5 cups large flake oats
  • 1/2 cups vanilla protein powder (we used Vega Protein + Greens)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet/dark
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, whole fresh or frozen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-23 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Wet
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter natural, salted
  • 3/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Dry
  • 2.5 cups large flake oats
  • 1/2 cups vanilla protein powder (we used Vega Protein + Greens)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet/dark
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, whole fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together peanut butter, honey, applesauce, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. In a large-sized bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, stir until just combined. Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.
  5. To a greased or lined 9x13in. pan, add oats mixture and spread evenly, flattening down as much as possible.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes, until slightly brown at the edges. Store in airtight container up to 5 days, or in the freezer up to 3 months.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information:

Calories 199.7 / Fat 7.7g (Saturated Fat 1.6g) / Carbohydrate 25.4g ( Fibre 4.0g Sugar 7.0 g) / Protein 9.1g

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