So with my overly sweet tooth (I blame it on the pregnancy) and Adam needing something on the go in the mornings, I had been searching for some new recipes to try out. I found two to try out. The first is one I tweaked a little, but I am sure the original is just as good.
Vegan Protein Breakfast Granola Bars
4 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup chopped cashews (you can use all walnuts or sub in whatever nuts you like)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Sucanat or sugar
4 scoops protein powder (I used chocolate, but you can't tell it's chocolate, I think vanilla would work well)
3/4 cup Earth Balance (a vegan sub for butter but you could use butter or whatever you use)
1/4 cup maple syrup (can use honey too)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
All the dry ingredients. Just look at those cashews. Yum!!!
1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
3. Press firmly into a jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet with high sides).
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Cool completely and cut into bars.
Now, I did score the granola bars when I took them out of the oven (shown below).
The original recipe said it makes 24, but I cut them into 20 so they would be a little bigger for Adam to use as Breakfast Bars. The first morning he had one, he raved (and I don't blame him). They are very good! It's a nice switch from his breakfast cookies I had been making.
Nutritional Breakdown is as follows:
Calories: 275 kcalories
Total fat: 14.8 grams
Saturated fat: 1.8 grams
Carbs: 28.6 grams
Fiber: 2.1 grams
Protein: 8.3 grams
I also made some Cauliflower Chocolate Chip Muffins courtsey of Runblondie. I used her exact recipe so you can get it here. They are quite tasty as well and a great mid morning snack after my Green Monster smoothie for breakfast. Sorry, I forgot to take any pictures of the muffins, but you can get them on Runblondie's page. FYI - it did take a few minutes to puree the bananas and the cauliflower, so be patient.
Hope you enjoy these homemade treats as much as my family has. What are your favorite homemade treats?