These granola bars are a good source of protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. They are free of dairy, egg, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. For a gluten free bar, be sure to use gluten free oats.
Author: Kristi Winkels, RDN, LD
1/3cupoilcanola, vegetable, grapeseed, etc
1/3cupflax seed meal
1/4cupprotein powder (I used rice protein powder)
3cupsrolled oatsgluten free
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with safe cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, oil and molasses; mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, water, sunflower butter, protein powder and flax seed meal; mix well. Mix in the oats and sunflower seeds. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and press firmly into the bottom of the pan. Tip: I find that hands that have a little water on them work well for pressing the mixture into the pan (no sticking!)
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. When completely cooled, cut into squares and serve or keep in an airtight container (they'll keep for about a week - if there's any left!).