Banana Chocolate-Chip Protein Bars

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients

½ cup honey
½ cup almond butter
½ cup boxed coconut milk
¼ cup vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups crisp brown rice cereal
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup dried banana chips, roughly chopped
½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Nonstick cooking spray

Description

Coat a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, almond butter, coconut milk, protein powder, canola oil and vanilla. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal, almonds, banana chips, ¼ cup chocolate chips and salt; toss well. 

Pour warm honey mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir gently with a spatula until well combined.

Transfer to baking dish, cover with parchment paper and press firmly into dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and allow to cool completely. Cut into bars or squares.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:Calories: 194; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 23 grams; Sugars: 14 grams; Protein: 7 grams; Sodium: 59 milligrams; Cholesterol: 2 milligrams; Fiber: 2 grams

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