The Husbando is a hard core triathlete. What that means is that he is always training for something and I am constantly feeding him. Examining our food budget, we realized a ton of money was being wasted on protein bars that weren't necessarily very healthy. So I tried out about 9 different home made protein bar recipes and basically ended up creating my own through a lot of trial and error and a lot of disgusting outcomes that the Husbando was very sweet about rejecting. I use natural nut or seed butters so I keep the bars frozen after I make them--they are definitely not as convenient as the preservative full store-bought ones, but great for the every day bar eating! I have made three variations of these bars now and am including those ideas in this recipe. We like to rotate flavors. The ingredients may change but the steps are the same. To make the bars vegan, eliminate the whey protein and substitute carob chips for chocolate chips and agave for honey.
Dried Cranberry Oat and White Chocolate Protein Bars
1. 2 cups oats (I used Old Fashioned today but sometimes cut in 1 cup of steel cut with 1 cup of old fashioned)
2. 1/4 cup of chocolate whey protein powder (eliminate if dairy allergy or vegan)
3. 1/2 cup honey (use Agave if vegan)
4. 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (I also used peanut butter and almond butter depending on what's in the cupboard or refrigerator or what you're allergic to)
5. 1 cup dried cranberries (we also make them with dried apricots--yum!)
6. 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white chocolate chips (regular semi-sweet chocolate chips are the easiest to spread, then butterscotch, then white chocolate--if dairy allergy or vegan, use carob chips)
Combine oats, protein powder and dried cranberries in large mixing bowl.