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3 ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Protein Bars

Love the taste of a good peanut butter granola or protein bar but hate the fact that you don’t know what half the ingredients are on the label?
I have a solution for you, make your own!!
As I’ve said before I pretty much will eat anything with peanut butter in it. Soooo delicious. I was at the end of the jar AGAIN when making these today (I know, Shocker!) so licking the spoon to get every drop out was in full effect again :).

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Depending on your nutritional needs and goals, the calorie and carb count on these is on the high end so I would suggest using them as a pre- workout snack to get you fueled up for a weight training session or run. 90% of the fat in these are from the natural peanut butter, which means they are the good healthy fats your body needs! Just a friendly reminder :)…although I feel like I am starting to sound like a walking advertisement for peanut butter.

What you need:
-3 cups of oats (can be regular or quick. I use the quick oats)
-1 cup of natural peanut butter (I use chunky)
– 3/4 cup of PURE honey ( you could probably get away with just using 1/2 cup. The original recipe I found used a whole cup but I find they work well with 3/4 cup)

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Directions:
In small bowl, add the peanut butter and honey. Mix well. Melt in microwave for about 1 min 15 seconds, or melt on the stove top.
In a large bowl, pour in the quick oats.
Add the melted peanut butter/honey mixture. Mix well.
Pour into a greased 9×9 pan. Push down batter to flatten.
Refrigerate overnight. They tend to harden up in a few hours.
I cut my batch into 12 bars/squares.
Enjoy!

Nutritional Info per serving : 1 bar

Calories-275
Fat-12g
Fiber-3.3g
Protein-8.7g
Sugar-8.5 g
Carbs-34.5g

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Muffins: Made with Applesauce and Honey

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Happy Friday everyone!

My friend sent me a Banana Bread Recipe a few days ago that called for honey and applesauce instead of oil and sugar and I am so glad she did! I had all the ingredients on hand except for the natural/no added sugar applesauce. And perfect timing too, because I had a couple of large bananas becoming too ripe for my liking and it is one of my co-workers birthday today so I decided to make these last night.

The recipe she sent me can be found here http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/sweet-bread/banana-bread-with-honey-and-applesauce.html. I altered it a bit and made muffins instead of the bread and added peanut butter because….well do I really need a reason for that? 🙂

What you need: makes 16 muffins

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2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup natural applesauce (no sugar added)

1/2 cup honey

½ cup natural peanut butter for the batter (I used chunky but you can also use creamy)

+ ¼ cup melted natural peanut butter (drizzled on top of muffins, again I used crunchy)

2 eggs, beaten

2 large mashed overripe bananas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin paper wraps in muffin tin.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce honey and the 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; just enough to moisten.

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 In muffin tin, pour batter into muffin wraps. (Note: you can also spray the inside of the muffin paper wraps to prevent the batter from sticking to those, or if you don’t have paper wraps- just spray each section of the muffin tin).

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Bake approx. 15-17 min. Mine started to brown around 15 min. Just ensure the batter is cooked through by testing with a fork and making sure it’s clean when poking through one of the muffins. 

Jason and I sampled last night to taste test and the rest came with me to work today.

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Enjoy!

Nutritional Info:

Calories- 185

Fat-7 g (mostly healthy fats from PB. If you want to remove most of this you can try using PB2, which is a powdered peanut butter that has most of the healthy fats from Peanut Butter removed)

Protein-7g

Carbs- 26g

Fiber-3g