Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bars
This recipe came about because back in July, I published a Healthy(er) Oatmeal Cookie Bar Recipe, that I wanted to adjust to be full-on “healthy” (by my standards). However, after some experimentation and going through the recipe, I decided that a cookie is a cookie, and should taste like one! So I’m leaving the original Healthy(er) Oatmeal Cookie Bar recipe up (find it under the Nutrition tab), and instead created Oatmeal Cookie Energy bars!
If you read my most recent post about protein bars, you’ll know that an energy bar differs from a protein bar in that it is higher in carbohydrates, and moderate in fats and protein. The macros of these bars are really perfect for an energy bar – I would eat one of these an 30-90 minutes before a workout, or as a mid-afternoon snack.
They are filled with healthy fats (Greek yogurt, walnuts, and flax meal), whole grains (whole wheat flour and oats), tons of fiber, ginger, cinnamon, and of course some chocolate. Because of the healthy fats, protein, whole grains, and fiber, these bars will energize you without leaving you high and dry with a sugar crash.
My favorite part about recipes like this is that it is so customizable – you can change substitute walnuts and dark chocolate for whatever mix-ins you prefer, use different whole grain flours, use maple syrup instead of honey, etc.
So this holiday weekend, stay energized through BBQ’s, pool parties, beach days, workouts, and night-out’s with these Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bars!
-1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
-1/4 cup honey
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp ginger
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-3 cups whole oats
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/2 cup flax meal
-1 cup dark chocolate chips
-1 cup walnuts
-In a large bowl, combine yogurt, protein powder, honey, vanilla, and eggs, until completely smooth.
-Add all dry ingredients, and combine until mixture just barely comes together to form a dough – don’t overmix!
-Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips, excluding a few tablespoons for topping.
-In a greased baking pan, firmly press dough into one even layer.
-Top with extra chocolate chips and walnuts.
-Bake in a 325-degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown.
-Once cool, slice and serve.
Nutrition – makes 16 bars
230 calories, 13.7g fat, 32g carbohydrates, 10g protein