Coconut Granola Bars by Patsy Catsos for VSL#3

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image001Ingredients

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup rice syrup
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 serving protein powder
3 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1/4 cup ground chia seeds

Directions

  1. Butter a 10 x 15″ baking tray.
  2. Stir the first five ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be the consistency of a stiff cookie dough.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepare baking tray. Spread it out and press it down using a wooden spoon. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Allow the tray to cool before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 35

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per serving): 183 calories, 10.6g total fat, 41.1mg sodium, 18.9g carbohydrates, 3.5g fiber, 5.5g protein.

Recipe Tips

Is your natural peanut butter separated and hard to stir? If it is in a glass jar, warming it briefly in the microwave will help. Remove the lid, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and measure. If it’s in a plastic container, place the container in warm water for about a minute, then stir and measure. Store leftover peanut butter in the refrigerator to prevent separation.

Recipe provided by registered dietician, author, and advocate of VSL#3, Patsy Catsos.