So, this is my version of eating healthily. They may taste like cake, look like cake (and even contains butter and sugar! Just a little…) but these tasty and moist flapjacks are also packed full of nuts, seeds, oats and protein powder, for a delicious snack that will keep you satisfied and full for hours. Despite their health credentials, they’re so squidgy and moist and definitely the perfect snack to tide you over when you’re not sure where your next meal is coming from!
This is a fantastic base recipe that you could easily mix up according to what you have on hand… dried cherries, blueberries or apricots could all go into the mix. Roasted peanuts would be a great addition too. And if you prefer, you could also use honey or maple syrup in the place of sugar.
I’ve made lots of protein bars over the last year and a bit (since my other half became a veggie!) and these are easily the best of them all – like all the best things, they just disappeared!
- 300g oats
- 300g vanilla or plain flavoured protein powder
- 100g chopped toasted pecans
- 100g chopped toasted walnuts
- 50g unsalted sunflower seeds
- 50g unsalted pumpkin seeds
- 50g raisins
- 250g peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
- 50g light brown sugar, packed
- 55g unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- 1 large egg
- Preheat your oven to 180c/gas mark 4/350f. Grease a 9 inch square pan thoroughly.
- In a large heatproof bowl or jug in your microwave, melt the butter gently before adding the sugar and peanut butter and stirring. Add your vanilla, salt, spices and vanilla.
- Into the same bowl, tip your oats, protein powder, nuts seeds and raisins and add the egg. Stir thoroughly until everything is coated in the peanut butter sugar mixture.
- Attempt to resist the urge to eat it all straight from the bowl.
- Pour into your pan, and squish down. It's easy to do this if you either wrap a bit of clingfilm around your hand (or put a sandwich bag over it) or coat your hands with a bit of water - this way you can smush the mix down without it sticking to your hands!
- Pop into the oven to bake for just 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool completely before cutting into small squares/bars.
- You can use the nuts or dried fruits that you have to hand rather than those above. If you have any muesli in the house, it's also a good sub as it generally contains the oats, plus some nuts and raisins!