PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

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PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

(This post is not sponsored but we were given a free bottle of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to experiment with. Hope you enjoy!)

As a kid growing up in the 90s I experienced what can only be described as the “bar boom”. First there were Power Bars, relatively hearty and healthy but not exactly tasty. Then came a wave of tasty sweeter snack bars masquerading as nutritious snacks. Nutri-grain bars. Quaker Oats Chewy Bars. Kudos bars. Yummy. But let’s be honest, these were dessert, with little in the way of redeeming amounts of protein, fiber, or good fats.

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

In the post 90s world, we’re a little smarter when it comes to kids’ snacks, and thanks to explosions in both hipster and fitness food culture, there are innumerable quality bars out there packed with whole grains, protein, and fiber. Some even taste good. But we can do even better. Making your own bars is way less effort than you think (about 10 minutes) and infinitely more rewarding than the chemically enhanced bars you’re used to. Plus, you can get creative with these babies and construct Frankenstein bars that mix and match flavors you love into something unique and delicious.

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

So let’s start with the base. For these two no-bake(!) recipes we’re using a combination of rolled oats and Kretschmer Wheat Germ with various seeds and nuts. Rolled oats are OK as far as nutrition goes, not super hearty, but excellent at absorbing flavor. The real meat of these bars is the wheat germ. High in protein and fiber, the wheat germ is not only a nutritious addition to these bars, they provide a nutty flavor and texture that rolled oats just can’t provide.

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

The first of these bars is a play on a classic combination; peanut butter, jelly, and banana. Only instead of jelly we used freeze-dried strawberries (delicious!) and instead of fresh banana, we used dried banana chips for texture and crunch. This particular recipe is finished with shaved almonds and pistachios, and is totally reliant on the strawberries for sweetness. In other words, they’re pretty darn good for you! Between the wheat germ, the nuts, and peanut butter these bars are swimming in protein, fiber, and good fats. They’re also pretty filling, so this is a great choice for a mid-day work snack.

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

The second bar is kinda camouflaged as something desserty. Toasted coconut and chocolate chips will do that. But don’t be fooled, these quinoa, rolled oats, and Kretschmer Wheat Germ bars are an ideal after (or pre) workout pick me up. Complex carbs, and a ton of protein (including a scoop of protein powder) come together for tasty but hearty fuel. But yeah I’ll admit I’ve had these for dessert twice this week because they’re tasty. Who doesn’t love coconut?

PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
Print Recipe
Tasty and good for you with no additional sugar added (besides what's already in chocolate chips) these bars are great for a snack, an afternoon pick me up, pre-workout energy boost or a post workout cool down. Feel free to treat these recipes as more of a template than something set in stone as almost any nuts, dried fruits, or seeds can be used.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 10 Minutes
Passive Time
2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 10 Minutes
Passive Time
2 Hours
PB&J and Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
Print Recipe
Tasty and good for you with no additional sugar added (besides what's already in chocolate chips) these bars are great for a snack, an afternoon pick me up, pre-workout energy boost or a post workout cool down. Feel free to treat these recipes as more of a template than something set in stone as almost any nuts, dried fruits, or seeds can be used.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 10 Minutes
Passive Time
2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 10 Minutes
Passive Time
2 Hours
Ingredients
For the PB& J Bars
For the Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
Servings: Bars
Instructions
PB & J Bars
  1. Mix the rolled oats, wheat germ, and milk together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the peanut butter and the nuts and mix thoroughly by hand.
  3. Gently stir in the dehydrated strawberries.
  4. Use a spatula to spread out in a pan.
  5. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. Cut as needed. Will keep for up to 10 days in a sealed container.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
  1. Sprout the quinoa in a pan of boiling water or by soaking overnight.
  2. Mix the rolled oats, wheat germ, and protein powder thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the coconut milk and stir in half of the goji berries and half of the pumpkin seeds.
  4. Use a spatula to spread the mixture out into a pan.
  5. Top with the remaining berries, pumpkin seeds and toasted coconut.
  6. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. Cut as needed. Will keep for up to 10 days in a sealed container.
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  • I’ve always wanted to make my own protein/breakfast bars but just never get around to it. The pictures make it look sooooo delicious. Maybe this will be my weekend to give it a try

    • They’re really easy and you can pretty much do any combo but I really love the chocolate chip with the coconut and the freeze dried strawberries with the banana chips. Definitely freeze them. First we put them in the fridge but the freezer was much better.