These cinnamon oatmeal raisin protein bars taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie drizzled with dark chocolate. They’re great as a pre-workout snack and also make for an energizing on-the-go breakfast option for busy mornings. This post is sponsored by Kroger. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Happy Monday! It’s gray, wet and rainy in Richmond, but I woke up excited because I can’t wait to share these homemade oatmeal raisin protein bars with you.
If you’re a bar person (and by bar person, I mean a person who eats protein/health/nutrition bars regularly) you’re going to love this recipe. It’s easy to whip up, doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and makes for a convenient breakfast or snack. It’s especially great for those of us who need something quick and easy for fuel before a workout.
I’ve been thinking about pre/post workout nutrition more as I’ve been easing back into working out over the past couple months. I like to make sure I eat something with easy to digest carbs (for energy) and a bit of protein (to help with muscle recovery) before I workout and then refuel with plenty of protein and carbs afterward to help restore glycogen levels and start the muscle repair process.
Typically I plan my workouts around meal times so I’m usually having a pre-workout snack and then refueling with a full meal, either breakfast or dinner. I’ve found that these protein bars are the perfect pre-workout snack because they’ve got a good amount of carbs and plenty of protein. Plus, they taste really good so I get excited to have one before my workout.
They’re made of old fashioned oats and almond meal so the texture is dense and bit chewy, similar to an oatmeal raisin cookie. They kind of remind me of Clif Bars.
They’re really easy to make and require only 14 ingredients. I found everything I needed for the recipe at my local Kroger and all the items (besides the applesauce) are from their Simple Truth line, which features natural and organic products. All of the Simple Truth items are free from 101 different artificial preservatives and ingredients including things like high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats & oils, sucralose, aspartame and parabens.
Since Kroger introduced their ClickList service last year I’ve been shopping at Kroger regularly and taking advantage of the time-saving benefits of being able to order my groceries online and pick them up just by swinging into the parking lot for a few minutes. As someone who practically lives at the grocery store, this service has been a game-changer. I used the service to order everything I needed for this recipe on Tuesday night, picked up my order on Wednesday morning and was at home making these oatmeal raisin bars in less than 20 minutes!
All this said, I’m a big fan of Kroger and I’m excited to be teaming up with them for a series of blog posts this year. They’re the presenting sponsor for the Monument Avenue 10K, a huge race here in Richmond that I have participated in many times. It was actually the first 10K I ever ran… way back in 2008! This year, Maria and I will be joining Team Kroger on Saturday, April 1 for the race. We’re both really excited!
When brainstorming ideas for today’s post I found this protein bar recipe on the Simple Truth website and knew immediately that I wanted to try them. I love all things oatmeal raisin — as evidenced by a variety of oatmeal raisin recipes here on EBF including one of my favs, oatmeal raisin cookie dough ice cream. I followed the recipe for the most part, but added a dark chocolate drizzle to make them a little more indulgent and treat-like. Feel free to leave the dark chocolate drizzle off if you’d rather the standard cinnamon oatmeal raisin flavor.
Obviously these protein bars are an awesome option for those us training for a race like the Monument Avenue 10K! Have one for breakfast on busy mornings or use them as a snack option before going on your training run.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with coconut oil.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, almond meal, protein powder, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, applesauce, honey, egg whites and vanilla.
Pour into wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until combined. Gently stir in raisins.
Pour batter into baking dish and spread evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for 22-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan. Once cool, melt dark chocolate in the microwave at 30 seconds intervals. Drizzle chocolate over bars and place in the freezer to harden the chocolate. Cut into bars, remove from pan and place in a storage container. Bars will keep in the fridge for up to one week.