I have had a little bit of an obsession with PROBARS lately. Especially the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter flavor. It's like dessert for breakfast - which I'm all about. Except this dessert is much better for you than a slice of German Chocolate Cake and just as delicious! The problem with PROBARS is that they're so dang expensive. So I decided to try my hand at making my own version!
These bars are chock full of nutty and seedy goodness. They're rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants + Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids! If you're watching your calorie intake - I wouldn't eat these in excess, but it's definitely a good idea to add nuts and seeds into your diet and these breakfast bars are a great way to start!
If you don't like any one of the ingredients listed below try substituting with some of your favorite nuts or seeds. Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Peanuts, or even Almond Butter would work great in this recipe. Use whatever you have on hand. It's that kind of recipe - you can't really screw this one up!
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flax seed meal
- 1/8 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
In a large bowl - mix together the oats, flax seed meal, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, and almonds. Mix until well combined. Pour in your agave nectar and toss all of the nuts, grains, and seeds until coated.
Add the peanut butter into the bowl and mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. You may need to use your hands to properly combine everything. This is where it gets a little messy!
Grease an 8x8 square baking dish (or any other similarly sized dish). Pour the mixture into the dish and press firmly down. Press until the mix is an even layer. Allow to sit overnight to let the bars set. Cut into squares and serve.