Peanut Butter Protein Breakfast Bars (GF + V)

With snow on the ground, I think it’s safe to say that it’s very cold outside.  So perhaps take this as a hint to put your yogurt or chia seed pudding aside for a new, warm breakfast.  Solution: gluten-free and vegan peanut butter protein breakfast bars.

It has everything to make the perfect winter breakfast.

  • warm
  • grounding
  • chocolatey
  • balanced

With all the running around and early mornings, a breakfast that keeps you full and energized is super important.  This does just that.  The protein from the peanut butter and plant-based protein powder, and the fiber from the oatmeal and chia seeds make your tummy happy (and for a long time).  Not to mention the bliss that chocolate brings 🙂

It’s like having a dessert minus the guilt: Dessert – Guilt = Happiness!

Aside from the nutritional benefits, you can make this recipe really quickly and it’ll last you a whole week.  It’s a timesaver!  In fact, you might even spend more time assembling cereal and milk than grabbing one of these peanut butter protein bars.

What’s there not to love?

Peanut Butter Protein Breakfast Bars (GF + V)
Cuisine: Breakfast
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tbsp plant-based protein powder
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tablespoons ground chia seeds + 6 tablespoons water)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8x8 pan, greased with coconut oil.
  2. Mix together the dry in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet.
  4. Add the wet to the dry and mix.
  5. Place the batter onto the greased pan and spread until even.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

 

Enjoy!  Pair this with some almond milk or chocolate milk for an even better breakfast.

 

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