Breakfast. I love breakfast; it is one of the meals I look forward to. Most nights I go to bed thinking about what I am going to eat in the morning. This was not always the case, though. When I was younger, I would eat leftovers from dinner for breakfast, cake for breakfast; basically anything I could get my hands on that wasn’t breakfast food. Nowadays, I can’t get by without breakfast! I love my oats, eggs, omelets with veggies, bagels, toast, and cereal. I could live off of cereal and be fine! Unfortunately, no matter how much I preach that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Aaron never quite gets it.
Aaron will wait until the last minute to leave for work, leaving time to grab a banana some days, and other days absolutely zilch. When I do the work, he eats it, such as when I have prepped overnight oats for him to take to work. If I give him bagels, he eats them at work! It’s just the aspect of making something in the morning he isn’t in to. This isn’t just during the workweek, though. Most weekends, I will be texting him 2-3 hours after he wakes up, and when I ask what he ate for breakfast, he replies “Nothing, just some coffee.” Ughhh how to help this man…
I set out on a mission last week to make some kind of a breakfast bar that he can eat on his way to work, or once at work and required no prepping. All he would have to do is open the baggie and enjoy! I thought about some of his favorite things, and one happens to be peanut butter, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that, along with protein. I browsed around the internet looking for some recipe to catch my eye and leave me with a recipe that I had all the ingredients for, but never found one. I set out knowing I would include protein powder and peanut butter and was determined to have something yummy for him to enjoy.
Turns out, I made Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars! As someone who hates peanut butter, I was really hesitant to give them to him because I had no idea what they would taste like since I couldn’t taste test! Thankfully, he approved! He has now taken them into work and enjoys them. I know they are packed with healthy ingredients, and have 11.6 grams of protein! Yes!
- 2 1/2 cups Oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate whey protein powder (2 scoops)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Flaxseed meal
- 3 Tbsp Water
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 3 Tbsp Dried cranberries
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 egg white
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1/4 cup Nonfat Milk (I used Skim)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine Flaxseed meal and water in a bowl. Mix and let sit.
Mix in peanut butter, egg white, mashed bananas, honey, milk, and flaxseed meal mixture.
Stir in Dried cranberries.
Place in 8×8 greased pan (I used Canola Oil spray) and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes; until the mixture has set.
Let cool before removing.
**It makes 8 bars. You can also make multiple pans and freeze them!
Nutritional Facts for one bar:
- 221.4 Calories
- 6.2 g Fat
- 11.6 g Protein
- 5.3g Fiber
- 29.8g Carbs