Peanut Butter Power Bars

I love peanut butter with a passion. As a kid I would eat giant spoonfuls of the homemade peanut butter my mom would make...pure heaven! As an adult, I can’t really get away with that now, so I resort to peanut butter flavored baked goods to quench my peanut butter cravings. That’s why I feel these power bars are one of the best things to come out of my kitchen recently. Once I pull the pan out of the oven, I have a hard time not eating every last crumb immediately. Soft, dense and incredibly satisfying, these bars taste like a peanut butter dessert! Plus it’s got a nice wallop of protein from the peanut butter and protein powder! Delicious and it will keep me full? Yes please!!

I love to eat these bars as a super fast breakfast or as an afternoon snack when my peanut butter craving hits!

 Peanut Butter Power Bars
Makes one 8X8 pan. Double this recipe to make a 13X9 pan

Ingredients
1­1/2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder
¾ cup soy milk
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 egg
½ cup peanut butter
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Procedure

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan with butter or olive oil.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and thoroughly combine. Spread evenly in prepared pan and bake for 20-­25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Eat warm, or cool to room temperature and cut into bars. I suggest storing these in an airtight container in the fridge!