I get physically exhausted when food writers babble on about how food is love and cooking is this grand sentiment. But here is the fact: there are some things you create in the kitchen that hits people right in the heart. Bring a bubbling dish to a grieving family. Pack a freezer meal for new parents. Drop off gluten-free cookies for your celiac neighbor.
Homemade granola bars or energy bites are the Achilles heel of my husband. I honestly think the words “I made granola bars for you” and “I love you” register the same to him. Maybe it is childhood nostalgia, but something about apples and cinnamon always just oozes love and warmth, to me.
These are some of my favorites bars because they use one bowl and don’t even require me to turn on the oven. I experimented this time by putting them in a bread loaf pan to have a more traditional, thick bar and now it tastes and looks like it came straight off the shelf at a grocery store!
Apple Butterscotch Oat Bars
Yield: 10 Bars
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup almonds or cashews
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup almond butter
- 2 scoops vanilla or unflavored protein powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butterscotch chips
- ½ cup dried apple, chopped
- Add oats, nuts, protein powder, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor and pulse until crumbly.
- Add almond butter, vanilla, maple syrup, and yogurt and pulse until mixed.
- Fold in butterscotch, coconut, and dried apples.
- Line a brownie pan with parchment paper for thinner bars or a bread loaf pan for thicker bars and press the mixture firmly in.
- Put the pan in the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting and eating.
- 330 calories
- 32 g carbohydrates
- 10 g protein
- 16 g fat