Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ingredients for Oatmeal Raisin Protein 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.

Simple Truth Organic Cinnamon

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!

Mixing up the Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars

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!

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.

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.

Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle

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.

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Tray of oatmeal raisin protein bars with dark chocolate drizzle in a baking dish, next to a bar of dark chocolate.

Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars


Description

Protein bars that taste like cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookies with a dark chocolate drizzle. You’ll love having these on hand for an easy breakfast for pre-workout snack!


Ingredients

  • coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup seedless raisins
  • 23 squares dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almond meal, protein powder, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, applesauce, honey, egg whites and vanilla.
  4. Pour into wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until combined. Gently stir in raisins.
  5. Pour batter into baking dish and spread evenly.
  6. 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.

Notes

Recipe was heavily inspired and adapted from Simple Truth’s Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 235
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 14g

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.

 

What’s your favorite #FuelYourFoodie pre-workout snack? And to all my local RVA folks — is anyone else running the Monument Avenue 10K this year? 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

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    17 comments
    1. Lindsey Grant
      July 15, 2020 AT 4:35 pm

      Are the macros including the chocolate topping?

    2. Zoe Colman
      May 26, 2020 AT 9:37 am

      Made these last night and they came out great! I was out of chocolate so left it off, but the texture was perfect. I did up the raisins to about half a cup because I like a lot of raisins. Have you ever tried freezing these? Was thinking of putting a few in the freezer to make them last.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 26, 2020 AT 2:59 pm

        So glad these bars turned out for you, Zoe! 🙂 They should last a few months in the freezer.

    3. Deb
      March 26, 2017 AT 11:55 am

      These look amazing but when I tried they came out soggy -a bit like porridge, not at all crunchy! What am I doing wrong?! 🙂

    4. Kathy Staats
      February 19, 2017 AT 1:16 pm

      These sound lovely, but I have to limit my sodium , so do you know how much sodium is in this recipe as a whole?
      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2017 AT 9:34 am

        Hi Kathy. Each bar should be around 131 mg of sodium so 1,048 mg for the whole recipe. Hope this helps!

    5. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
      January 30, 2017 AT 7:12 pm

      I wish I had these to snack on today!

    6. Kori
      January 30, 2017 AT 1:58 pm

      I wanted to revisit this post to provide my five-star rating. They are delicious! They have a great flavor and texture. The perfect between-meal or pre-workout snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 6, 2017 AT 4:13 pm

        Awww thank you, Kori. You are THE BEST!!

    7. melissa king
      January 30, 2017 AT 1:41 pm

      I totally need to start ordering my groceries online! How easy!

    8. Louise
      January 30, 2017 AT 2:52 am

      I made these yesterday – ran out of ground almonds so substituted shredded coconut instead – and they turned out great, thank you! I’m keeping them in the freezer as they seem to defrost really quickly and I’m hoping this will stop me from eating the whole lot in one go 🙂

    9. Tammy
      January 24, 2017 AT 4:20 pm

      I am definitely a protein bar person. I have to have a protein bar everyday…it’s tough to find one in store that’s low in sugar. I really love all the wholesome ingredients in these. I’m actually all out so I may whip up a batch later today 😀

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 24, 2017 AT 6:30 pm

        I totally agree about finding wholesome bars that are low in sugar. It’s hard. I hope you enjoy this recipe. 🙂

    10. allie
      January 24, 2017 AT 1:15 pm

      These look absolutely amazing Brittany! So easy too.

    11. Stacey
      January 23, 2017 AT 9:06 pm

      How many servings are in this recipe? This info should always be added so we know what size serving matches the calorie cousnt.

    12. Leslie Chen
      January 23, 2017 AT 12:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing Brittany, it looks very delicious. I’m looking forward to making it this coming weekend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 23, 2017 AT 12:43 pm

        Thanks so much, Leslie. You’ll have to let me know how you like the protein bars.

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