Another easy after-school snack is an energy or protein bar. Look for varieties that contain both carbohydrate and protein or make a homemade bar. I’m sharing my favorite, 5-ingredient Homemade Cherry Oat Protein Bar recipe. Make a batch on Sunday and eat them afterschool throughout the week. Depending on the size of the bar, you can eat 1-2 at a time. You may want to eat one before practice and save one for afterwards.
Homemade Cherry Oat Protein Bar
Ingredients for 12:
• 1 cup Greek yogurt, any flavor
• 1-2 scoops(approximately 25-50 grams)vanilla-flavored whey protein powder
• 1 cup old-fashioned oats
• 2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped into bite-sized pieces
• 2 tablespoons honey
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Use a baking sheet that is coated with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper. Another option if you love making your own snack bars is to use a baking sheet with bar-sized inserts (check out the photos).
2. In a large bowl, stir the yogurt and protein powder together.
3. Add in oats and dried fruit; mix well.
4. On the baking sheet, form the mixture into bar shapes in the size you prefer.
5. Using a spoon, drizzle the honey around the edge and across the top of each bar.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes. The bars should have a slight golden-brown color from the oats and honey when they are done.
7. Let the bars cool completely; store in the fridge to keep them firm and fresh.
• When it comes to whey protein, not all products are created equal. Look for a brand that has been third-party tested and includes either the “NSF Certified for Sport,” “Informed Choice/Sport,” or “USP”seal on the package.
• Any dried fruit will work for this recipe, so feel free to swap the cherries for your favorite.
• If you use plain Greek yogurt, I suggest adding ½ teaspoon vanilla extract for flavoring.