My friend Michele turned me onto these, and I started making them right before we had our baby—they came to the hospital with us and have since become a favorite late-night (read: middle of the night) treat, as well as a great burst of nutrition anytime I’m running out of the house or don’t have time for something more substantial. They feel like dessert but are packed with protein!
You can add flax seeds, chia seeds…really any nut or seed you have in the house that you think would sound good. I stick to these basics because they’re usually what I have around. And note that these tend to fall apart when left outside the freezer for too long, so just plan on storing them in there.
1½ cups Rolled Oats
¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
¼ cup Sesame Seeds
⅓ cup Pumpkin Seeds
½ cup Cashews
½ cup Almonds
½ cup Agave Nectar
1 cup natural Peanut Butter (or any nut butter, really)
½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Combine oats, nuts and seeds in a large bowl and stir well. Add agave nectar, mix, then nut butter, and mix thoroughly. Spoon into a parchment-paper lined 9x9 pan, and freeze for an hour or so.
Remove from freezer and cut into 2-inch square bars. Return to freezer to store.