Since I have started to increase my mileage I can eat SO much food. Sometimes that is all I can think about. Of course being a run commuter I want to bring calorie rich food with me on my commute to work. This can be hard sometimes in my house because the kids seem to devour anything and everything on the counter or in the cupboards. Life as a running dad of four children, lol.
One of the staples in my lunch is the granola bar. Sometimes ones that I have made or I am also a sucker for the sweet and salty nut butter type. My preference is though for my own granola bars. What I have noticed though is that sometimes I also end up being on the lower scale for protein. Not good when your running anywhere from 50-75 miles a week. What to do? Simple why not make protein granola bars.
A protein powder that I have really found that goes well in recipes without changing the flavor much is Hemp. We’ve recently been using Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder. This stuff is good and also so happens to be a local product which makes it even better.
So blah, blah, blah enough already I am sure you are all thinking are these Chewy Hemp Protein Granola Bars any good? Yes they are! These are probably the best I have ever made and will become a staple not only in the house but on my run commute, ultra runs, and when I go trail running. They are that good and also so easy to digest. Plus best news of all they are super easy to make. This is a recipe that anyone can do.
- 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats (Quick Oats do work and still tastes delicious)
- 2/3 cup of Trail Mix (Yes good old trail mix. Whatever you got in the house or sub with 1/2 cup of roughly cut nut of choice and just under 1/4 cup of dried fruit)
- 1 cup of dates I used medjool-make sure they are moist and if not soak them in warm water for 10 minutes
- 2 Tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/3 cup of Hemp Protein (Optional)
- 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar (Honey if not vegan is a great choice)
- 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter (Not low sodium as this is a runners granola bar. Think energy and electrolytes)
- Process dates in a food processor until become small pieces. Pretty much like a dough. Add a little water if too dry.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
- Warm up Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter over low heat until combined.
- Add warmed mixture to dry ingredients along with processed dates. Combine all ingredients. This is easier said then done and I ended up having to use my hands. Get in there and get it done.
- Transfer to a 8×8 dish lined with parchment paper and press it out flat. Tip: Place parchment paper on top as you spread and flatten to prevent it sticking to you.
- Leave it covered with the parchment paper and place in the freezer or fridge for 20 minutes.
- After that cut them up and eat them. Be sure to store them in an air tight container.