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 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
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Stir well to combine.
In another bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.
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!! (: