One of my longest running AnneTheRD nutrition counseling clients and I usually meet at a bakery in Alexandria that sells these really delicious homemade protein granola bars. I’ve been wanting for months to try to recreate a variation of them so my client (and I) can make them at home, and I’m happy to say it finally happened. Introducing: Nutty Protein Granola Bars. Client and husband approved. 🙂
These were really easy to make, and I love the hearty crunch from all the nutritious nuts and seeds, and the sweet burst of flavor from the dried fruit. I brought some to my client last Friday and Matt and I have been enjoying the rest of them as snacks and easy on the go breakfasts!
One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. The nuts/seeds are not set in stone, and neither is the dried fruit choice. My dietetic intern Jackie tested out a batch of these for me using apricots, pecans, and honey, and when I made them I mixed it up with some goji berries, cashews, and maple syrup, based on what I had on hand. So feel free to get creative!
The size of the pan you use can also vary – I used a 10 x 10 brownie pan, and Jackie used a 9 x 13 pan which made the bars a little thinner. Up to you!
I can’t wait to make these again – the variations are endless! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 🙂
Like the look of these? Check out some of my previous tasty and easy granola bar recipes: