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Protein Bars for my Foodie PenPal!!

24 May

Recently, I have joined a group called Foodie PenPals! This is such an amazing group! Once a month you are assigned a penal, then you buy and/or bake/make some goodies and gifts ($15)!! This month I was assigned Michelle from Denver, Colorado. Via email, we chatted about likes, dislikes, wants and needs. It’s so great that a stranger so many states away will try something that I have made!!

I love these bars I made, and I hope Michelle did as well! They are very low in sugar (used only brown rice syrup) and high in protein. Though I would have preferred not baking them, I thought they might keep better traveling if they were.

Vegan Trail Mix Protein Bars

Yields 8 to 12 bars

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or any liquid sweetener)

1 cup oats

1/2 cup spelt flakes

3 Tbsp. hemp seeds

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. raw maca powder

1/3 cup Garden of Life raw, vegan protein, vanilla

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds

+ a little salt if the peanut butter is unsalted

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Stir well to combine.

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In another bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.

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Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture a little at a time, being sure to fully combine between each new addition of ingredients.

Press into a glass baking dish, any size you prefer, and bake for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Let cool completely before removing from the baking dish. Enjoy!! (:

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