Banana Bread Protein Bars that will rock your world.

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Banana Bread Protein Bars I've gotten away from it lately, but making a bunch of food on Sundays is one of my favorite things to do. I find great pleasure in picking out one or two recipes to try - be it dinner recipes or fun bar ideas (like the one below.)

And I realized this past Sunday that it had been a long time since I had last done that. Lucky for me, my Sunday was shaping up to be a perfect day to be in the kitchen. My man was off rock climbing. The beginning part of my Sunday kicked off with a great great run, the kind of run where I felt as if I could go for miles.

I normally run on Sundays, but this Sunday I was carried by the thoughts for those at the Marathon. #RunForBoston #BostonStrong. My four mile loop turned into 7.5 miles, reminding me that the body is usually in better shape than the mind thinks. And I was blessed the entire that I was lucky enough to be able to do such things.

After my morning run, I carried my enthusiasm for the day to do grocery shopping while most people were still home. I darted in and out really quickly from the stores, setting a tone for a quite productive Sunday.

So by the time later Sunday afternoon rolled around, I was ready to head home and spend some time in my kitchen.

This Oh She Glows recipe I had seen right when Angela posted it a few days prior. And I knew that whenever I got back into the kitchen, this was exactly what I would be making.

Lately I've become a running fool so the idea of super healthy, homemade protein bars really really appeals to me. This recipe doesn't disappoint. Chia seeds, peanut butter, walnuts, cinnamon, oats and groats? Can I get a hell yeah? And because I had all the ingredients (except for the groats which I easily found in the bulk section of my local health food store), making these was a breeze.

BananaBread3Banana Bread Protein Bars Dry ingredients: 2/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats*, ground into flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 3 tbsp chia seeds 3 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand) 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt

BananaBread4Wet ingredients: 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 small-medium) 1/2 cup natural smooth peanut butter 1/4 cup or brown rice syrup 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Tip – to get the parchment to stick to the pan, give the base a spray with olive oil and do this for the next paper too. Another tip - If you don't have parchment paper, cut up a brown paper bag, skipping the side with the ink of course.

2. Add raw buckwheat groats into a high-speed blender and blend on high until a fine flour forms. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

3. Mash bananas until smooth and measure out 3/4 cup. Stir together the banana and all the wet ingredients in a bowl.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well until combined. The dough should be very sticky!

5. Scoop batter into prepared pan. I used my fingers to push the batter down evenly on the pan.

6. Bake at 350F for 22-26 minutes. Cool in pan, then slice into bars.

Thanks to OHSHEGLOWS.COM for the recipe.

So now that you've got the recipe, are you going to make them? When you do, report back here and tell me how it went. Happy baking!

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