I HIGHLY recommend adding Equal or Splenda to this recipe and using
her 1/4 c. raisin, cranberry, and/or nuts substitution for 1/4 cup of
the oats. The plain bars (no sweeteners or other interesting textures)
taste like sawdust with a faint peanut butter binder. If your goal is
to prevent yourself from snarfing down 5 of these at a time, by all
means stick with the original recipe. You’ll be lucky to
make it through one without a lot of fortitude and a will of steel.
Otherwise, go with the sweeteners and extra modifications. These
aren’t going to compare to, oh…a S’mores flavored Luna bar, but they
are at least as good as a (bleah) Balance bar.
If you don’t want to pay extra for oat flour, you can just grind up
about 2/3 c. of regular dry oatmeal (cheapies!) in the blender and use
that instead. Using 1 full cup of dry oats makes the bars a bit too
lumpy and hard to mix from my experience.
No Bake Nutrition Bar Recipe by Stella Juarez
If you don’t like the additives in store-bought nutrition bars or hate
paying $3 for a meal replacement bar or protein bar snack, you’ll
appreciate this recipe. My friend Sara passed a recipe on to me from a
Body-For-Life message board and I’ve modified based on some kitchen
testing. These are quick to make and make for a nice little snack,
too. Best of all, they contain healthy dietary fat, are no-sugar added
and do not contain glycerine or other unnatural ingredients. Be
sure to keep them refrigerated and don’t eat the whole batch at once!
5 tbsp natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1/2 cup dry oats or whole grain hot cereal (uncooked)
1/2 cup oat flour (double the oats if you do not have oat flour OR
better yet, grind up 1/2 of regular oats in your blender and use as a
6 scoops chocolate whey protein (~132 grams protein)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)
1 cup non-fat dry milk
1/2 cup water (depending on what type of protein you use, you may need
to add more)
(optional) 4-6 packets of Splenda or Equal to taste
Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine dry
ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix well. Add peanut butter and
mix – the mixture will be crumbly and dry. Add water & vanilla.
Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, everything until a dough
forms. The dough will be sticky. Spread dough into pan using a clean
wooden spoon or spatula that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking
spray. Refrigerate a few hours (or freeze for an hour) and cut into 9
squares. Wrap bars individually (use sandwich bags or plastic wrap) or
store in covered container between sheets of wax paper.
Modifications: Use vanilla protein and replace ~1/4 cup of the
oatflour with a variety of nuts, seeds, or dried berries. Chopped
almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds,
pumpkin seeds, raisins, or dried cranberries would all work well.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
197 calories, 21 g protein, 7.2 g fat (8% saturated), 13.7 g
carbohydrate, 1.6 g fiber