Looking for a granola bar substitute that you can make from scratch? Try these delicious protein packed granola balls.
I started making these a couple years ago when I was a ridiculously busy college student who couldn’t be bothered to go to the grocery store more than a few times per quarter. I had to find snacks from the shelf stable ingredients laying around the house. And after I made these tasty treats once, there was no going back to ordinary granola bars.
Protein Packed Granola Bars
- 1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed or Wheat Germ
- 1/4 cup Whole Flax Seed
- 2/3 cup Shredded Coconut sweetened or unsweetened
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup Peanutbutter
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- Measure all of the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips, add those last!) into a mixing bowl.
- Microwave the peanut butter for 1 minute with 50% power to make it easier to measure and pour into the bowl. A tip to help get the peanut butter out of your measuring cup easier is to spray the cup with cooking spray first.
- Measure and pour the honey and vanilla into the bowl and mix thoroughly. A stand mixer is a pretty great option here, but its really easy to just stir it all together with a spoon too.
- Add the chocolate chips last and only when the peanut butter is not warm any longer so as to avoid melting your chocolate.
- Scoop 1-2 tbsp amounts of the mixture into your hand and roll into a sphere. Lay the balls out on a surface that you can transfer to your fridge or freezer like a baking sheet or cutting board.
- Chill the granola balls for 30 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Not into the ball shapes? Keep the classic granola bar rectangular shape by pressing down the mixture in an 8×8 pan and put out the rectangles to the size you want. Personally, I find the balls to be more time-efficient and aesthetic which is why I stick to them!
- This recipe calls for traditional oats, can I substitute quick oats? Traditional oats are whole larger pieces than the quick oats which are cut into much smaller pieces. Yes, you can absolutely substitute the traditional oats here. I use the traditional oats because I like the texture that their full pieces bring to the mix. When you use the quick oats the mixture becomes a little more dense as well as a little quicker to chew.