These Chocolate Protein Oat Bars, courtesy of Fit Mitten Kitchen, are a must-have in your weekly meal prep. After all, what could be better than healthy amounts of oats, fiber, (chocolate) and nut butter?
We all get by with a little help from our (blogger) friends…especially when it’s the Monday after your bachelorette weekend! Ashley of Fit Mitten Kitchen graciously agreed to create a special recipe, JUST for HTF readers. Don’t you feel special? I knew I’d be struggling to create content after being away for a few days, and she came to the rescue with her healthy food expertise. So, without further ado…
Hi, Hello to Fit friends! I’m Ashley from Fit Mitten Kitchen. I am so excited to be here and feel honored to be sharing a recipe with you all on Jess’s platform. When Jess asked if I would help her out with posting this week, I jumped at the opportunity. As I first started blogging, Hello to Fit was one of those blogs I connected with instantly. Jess’s personality shines through in all that she shares, whether that be her blog posts or connecting with other bloggers through commenting, Instagram, or Facebook. I have LOVED connecting with her these past several months and I am so thankful to have her in my blogging life! 😀
Okay, but you aren’t here to read my love for Jess 😉 I’m guessing you’re here for some BA snack material.
I developed a brand spankin’ new recipe for you all and I could not be more pleased with how it turned out!
I decided to share a protein bar with you all because I love my snacks, and I think you guys do too. This is the first protein bar recipe of it’s kind in my “protein bar arsenal”, if you will. When I make homemade protein bars I typically use a lot of vegan protein powder, plus nut butter as the base. To change things up a bit, and hopefully utilize some ingredients you may already have in your pantry I went with rolled oats (gluten-free if needed) and nut butter as my base, then added a few scoops of whey protein powder to up the protein factor. Because you know, #girlswholift need that protein!
These bars are so quick and easy, and require no baking at all! So if you claim you’re not a baker, but you still want some homemade goodies, these Chocolate Oat Protein Bars are for you.
All you have to do is combine all of the wet ingredients (nut butter, coconut oil, honey) and mix that in with all of the dry ingredients.
Then you press the mixture into a lined pan and refrigerate for about one hour to set before cutting into bars.
Annddd then there’s that optional chocolate topping that really takes these bars to the next level. Who doesn’t want more chocolate? 😉
When my husband tried these, he ate two instantly and said “Dang! These are almost as good as the Brownie Boyfriend Pleasers!” I don’t think he knew they were healthy protein bars… 😀
I hope you all enjoy these Chocolate Oat Protein Bars! I have a feeling they will make their way into my weekly snack rotation 😀
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 3 TBS hemp hearts (or flaxseed)
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 2 TBS cacao (or cocoa) powder
- 3 scoops (a little less than 1/2 cup) whey protein powder*
- 3/4 cup chocolate nut butter* (I used Chocolate Nuttzo)
- 1.5 TBS coconut oil
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBS raw honey (or brown rice syrup)
- Topping (optional)
- 3 TBS mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients (oats through protein powder). Set aside.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, add chocolate nut butter, coconut oil, and honey. Microwave for 10-15 seconds, and stir until evenly combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stir gently until mixture is evenly combined. Mixture will be thick and heavy.
- Press mixture into prepared pan, using hands to press evenly into all corners. Place pan in refrigerator for 1 hour to set (or 30 minutes in freezer).
- Once bars have set, lift parchment paper from pan and place on cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut bars into 12 servings. If using chocolate topping, drizzle melted chocolate on bars and allow to set, about 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Store Chocolate Protein Oat Bars in airtight container in fridge up to 2 weeks, or in store in freezer for longer period of time. Enjoy!
Ashley Walterhouse is the turquoise-obsessed blogger behind Fit Mitten Kitchen. On her blog you’ll find recipes from healthier cookies to hearty salads and fun, quick workouts. She enjoys inspiring others to find their healthy way of life through whole foods and fitness.
Thanks for welcoming Ashley to the blog today! I’ll be back this week with a new exercise idea, as well as a recipe on Friday.
- Are you a chocolate and nut butter fan?
- What food items are you including in your meal prep this week?
- Have you been out of town for a friend’s bachelor/bachelorette party (or for your own)?
- What is your go-to snack lately?