I wanted to cook something that would smell amazing when they came inside, exhausted from their fun. There needed to be some nutrition in there too. I started to look at protein bar recipes.
While looking at the recipes, I was reminded that I am incapable of looking at one recipe and cooking it. I tend to look at four or five recipes and then create something from them.
These Protein Snack Bars are the result. My boys gave them a thumbs up! Most ingredients on this list are included in the long shelf life list. It was a good reminder to me that Chia seeds* are the food storage dream food. Love these little guys!!!
*Chia seed are the highest known whole-food source of Omega-3 acids and are a very good source of fiber, calcium, iron, & manganese. Chia seeds are 30% oil, of which 30% is omega 3 and 40% is omega 6. Chia seeds have a long shelf life (4-5 years).
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp seeds or nuts (I used roasted pumpkin seeds)
2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350F Mix all ingredients together. Press into a pie dish, lined with parchment. Cook 24-26 minutes. Cool in the pan for about 1 hour before slicing.