Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Guilt-Free Pregnancy Protein Bars

One of my main goals for this pregnancy has been to eat healthy. Since the morning that I took that happy little test, I've wanted to feed myself (and our growing baby), as healthy as possible. But, with all-day morning sickness, super healthy foods honestly don't always sound appetizing. Today I'm sharing this totally simple recipe for what I call my Pregnancy Protein Bars. These bars are jam packed with whole grains, fiber, protein, and even Omega-3s and I've been keeping a pan of them in my fridge for a little snack, whenever a craving hits. They're totally guilt-free and you certainly don't have to be pregnant to make them.

Whole Food Protein Power Bars:
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 oz extra dark chocolate
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup prunes
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons flax seed oil

Put all ingredients into a food processor.
 Blend thoroughly-until mixture is crumbly.

 Line a pan with waxed paper and then firmly press the mixture down into the pan.

Place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least and hour and then it's done! So easy, right???
Keep the bars in the fridge, where they'll be ready for whenever you or your kids need a healthy snack.
When you make these bars, keep in mind that you can use raisins instead of prunes or if you like them a little more sweet, use chocolate chips instead of the extra-dark chocolate. Heck, you could even add dried fruit and I'm sure they'd turn out awesome. The main idea is always the same: Add a bunch of healthy foods (with a little moisture), into a food processor, blend well, push into pan and then chill. It's that easy and so good!
Angela
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5 comments:

  1. these look Yummy! I am not pregnant but as a busy mom trying to eat healthy I am definitely going to try this. I think I am going to throw some dried cherries in as well.

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  2. I just purchased a bar that was very similar to this in ingredients. I like how prunes can be substituted for sugar. I would love to make my own! Thanks for sharing... I will have to pin this. :)

    Found you via 5 Days 5 Ways. I'm your newest follower!

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  3. Wow! Those look awesome! I so remember being pregnant and not feeling like eating anything healthy. Good for you to stick with it and find something that suits your fancy. Stopping over from Six Sisters.
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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  4. These look so good! Way better and cheaper than what's out there to purchase. Can't wait to try these. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by Posed Perfection for a visit soon and maybe even a follow back. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  5. I know this is an old post, but I just found it via Pinterest, and am so excited to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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