Dark Chocolate Espresso Granola Bars
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powders (choose a clean protein powder)
1 tbsp raw honey
2 oz dark chocolate-covered espresso beans (70% or higher cocoa content)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing box. Use a wooden spoon to combine.
3. Spread mixture evenly in a 9"x9" baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes to 30 minutes or until golden around edges. Let cool and slice into 8 bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Gluten Free Version: Use Gluten-Free Rolled Oats and Gluten-Free Flour as alternatives
Recipe Source: Oxygen Magazine, "Cocoa Before Cardio - Reader of the Month Recipe", October 2011.