Wheat germ, flax seed, protein powder, peanut butter and oats make these breakfast bars a healthy and satisfying way to start the day.
You can use any type of protein powder. I use hemp because it is high-fibre.
If you use a very sweet powder, I'd suggest lowering the amount of honey.
A few notes from the creator of this recipe: 1) Bake temp should be 350 degrees F. 2) I now use 1/2 cup flaxseed for gluten free. 3) Sometimes I use 2 bananas and 1/4 cup applesauce for a little lighter texture. 4) This recipe makes 6-9 bars, but definitely not 12 if you like to feel full when you eat breakfast! These are also really yummy if you use almond butter in the batter instead of peanut butter!!! - 30 Mar 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Thanks so much for this recipe--we love it! From the ingredients I was pretty confident it would be a hit, so I doubled it the first time out and baked in a 13x9 glass dish lined with foil as recipe recommends. I baked at 350 for 30 min, then another 10 for the peanut butter topping. Perfect! The changes I made were to use multi grain oatmeal type cereal, not the quick oats; natural peanut butter, no salt, agave nectar instead of sugar, and I used a blend of hemp hearts, milled flax seeds, and chia seeds instead of flax and wheat germ. I just cut them up and put in plastic bags in the fridge so they're easy to grab and go. One Note: don't be afraid of the peanut butter topping--it just cooks into the bars and isn't messy at all. - 24 Jun 2014 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I love that this recipe is pure protein, fiber, and energy, with no added sugar. The banana & honey give it a slight sweetness, and my only cheat was to use Skippy dark chocolate peanut butter. As suggested, I used a combination of bananas and applesauce, more flax seeds, and even used freshly ground peanut butter from Sprouts for the top layer. Compared to a store-bought protein bar, I admit that I like that the store bought is covered in a layer of chocolate (which I should be avoiding anyway). Besides from that, this is SO MUCH cheaper and it feels good to be eating a home-made bar without the commercial additives. I needed something to help me achieve a healthy, active lifestyle without costing a lot of money. Now these have replaced store-bought protein bars as my pre or post-workout snack! It is powerful fuel, satisfying, and easy to make! - 12 Sep 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)