Peanut (or Almond) Butter 'n Maple Protein Bars

Wholesome ingredients, make these bars a yummy and nutrient dense snack after school or practice, out on a hike, or between meals. They’re a good source of protein, healthy fats, and low-glycemic index carbs. Just 5 ingredients—Easy to make too!

Recipe note: Quinoa Flakes are 100% whole grain and a good source of protein, but can be hard to find and a bit pricey. Quick Rolled Oats can also be used and have about the same amount of protein. Plain quick oats (as opposed to instant oatmeal packets with added sugar, salt and often, flavoring) are not processed, rather, they have the same nutrient profile as 100% whole grain rolled oats, that have been cut into smaller pieces, making the surface area able to absorb moisture faster.

PEANUT BUTTER (or Almond Butter) ‘n MAPLE BARS

•    2 cups Quinoa Flakes OR 2 cups Quick Rolled Oats
•    1 heaping cup unsalted Peanut or Almond Butter
•  1/3 cup pure Maple Syrup
•    1 tsp ground Cinnamon
•    ½ tsp pure Vanilla
•    ½ tsp Sea salt (optional)

1.  Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper or grease well with oil.
2. Combine quinoa flakes/oats, cinnamon and salt in med-large mixing bowl.
3. In a small saucepan, on medium-low heat, combine the nut butter and maple syrup. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
4. Add the saucepan mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. If the batter looks a little dry, you can add a little bit of milk. Since the mixture is thick, it takes a few minutes to mix well. You can use your hand to blend together.
5. Add the mixture into the baking dish and press down evenly and firmly so it sticks together. (The back of a spoon works well for this.)
6. Cover to seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or best overnight to firm up.
7. Slice bars with sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Store these bars in the fridge, although refrigeration is not necessary when taken on the go.
You can also freeze them, wrapped in air tight container.