Quick Pick me ups

As moms we are always trying to fit in as much into our day as we can. Between cooking, cleaning, caring for kids, working and everything else we do sometimes taking care of ourselves falls to the wayside.

I know that I usually go and go and go and then eventually I crash. Why does this happen to me everyday? Because I forget to make sure I am fueling my body for all that I am asking it to do. Sometimes as a quick pick me up I will turn to protein shakes or bars to give me that little boost to keep me going. Sadly a lot of protein bars are full of processed garbage that can really do more harm than good and shakes can be time consuming to make (not to mention it creates more dishes for you to wash). So for me the challenge was to find something that still gives me that energy charge without the gross ingredients I can’t pronounce or the mess.

I have come up with a wonderful solution and they only take a few minutes to make and makes enough to last you at least a week.

What I absolutely adore about my homemade protein bars is that I can customize them to my taste.

The ingredients can be as simple or as numerous as i want.

But the best thing is they don’t taste like a piece of cocoa powdered cardboard.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Bars

1 Mashed Banana

1.5 c. Dry Oatmeal

2 T flax meal

4 scoops protein powder (I used chocolate for this one)

1/4 of your favorite nut butter ( I used my homemade peanut butter)

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. chopped almonds

1/4 c. melted coconut oil

1/4 c. water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

Spread contents evenly onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet.

Freeze for at least 3 hours.

Cut into individual bars.

Stack into a tupperware container and store in the freezer.

You can customize these to your taste.

Make them with Vanilla powder instead and add in some dried fruit.

Experiment and please let me know what you think.

When you are ready to snack just head over to your freezer pull one of these out and enjoy.

If you would like you can let it sit and thaw slightly before eating it.

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