No bake, no hassle, with plenty of protein and superfoods to boot!
Of course, we know exercise and nutrition are key to good health. But, did you know that the things you eat before and after a workout play a big role in how your body performs during and after your workout?
A pre-workout meal or snack is important because it provides your body with readily available energy that will be utilized during your workout! But once your routine is finished, your energy sources are probably depleted and need to be restored– especially if it was intense exercise! Many people fail to realize how important post-workout nutrition is, but here at Skinny Ms., we know! This is where our Easy No-Bake Workout Bars come in.
These delicious, easy to make bars are a great post-workout recovery snack that will help you reach your fitness goals with greater efficiency. After all, faster recovery means you can get another great workout in sooner. Of course, they’re excellent as a pre-workout snack, too!
A Great Workout Needs a Great Post-Workout Snack
It’s important to remember that, along with fitness routines that have our hearts racing and our muscles pumping, we need to add meals and snacks to our diet that complement our workouts and make sure we get the most of each lunge, squat, and minute spent on the elliptical. The saying is true, “You can’t outwork a bad diet.” Proper nutrition is extremely important.
Your future workouts could be at risk if you don’t take recovery seriously. Without properly hydrating and fueling your body, you may feel lethargic, sore, weak, and more. These things can compromise your training and slow down your progress (and no one wants that!) That’s why we’re so eager for you to try our tasty and nutritious workout bars!
Tasty Ingredients that are Better for Your Health
Since we want to keep what goes into our body as pure as possible, we try to stay away from pre-packaged snacks any time that we can. Why? Because many bars and snacks you’ll find on the grocery store shelves are loaded with unnecessary sugars and unknown ingredients. Your body doesn’t need that extra sugar and those preservatives that help extend the pre-fab snacks’ shelf life.
Our no-bake workout bars, on the other hand, are made with familiar and healthy ingredients. Fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, such as oats and raisins are combined with protein-rich protein powder and peanut butter. Flax seeds and chia seeds add superfood power, while chocolate gives you a satisfying flavor. These easy workout bars will provide you with the perfect combination of post-workout carbs, protein, and fat.
And before you think to yourself, “Nobody has time to make their own protein bars!” just look at how easy this recipe is!
An Easy Alternative to Store-Bought Bars
We know you have a busy life and it may sound time-consuming to make your own snack bars. But, we’ve taken away the hassle by coming up with a simple, no-bake workout bar recipe! All you need is 15 minutes is to prepare these amazing bars. We can all find 15 minutes, can’t we? Especially if it means getting to eat a snack that’s better for our bodies?
Start by grabbing your blender. Pulse 1 ½ cups of the oats (keeping the other ½ cup off to the side) until they’ve reached a flour-like consistency. Add the oat flour, along with the remaining oats, protein powder, chocolate chips, chia or flax seeds, and raisins to a large bowl. Toss the ingredients until they’re evenly combined.
In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut milk, and honey. Pour this peanut butter mixture into your bowl, over the oat mixture, and stir until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
Finally, spread the completed mixture into a 9 x 9-inch square pan or an 11 x 7-inch rectangle pan. (Note that the smaller pan will give you thicker bars.) Press the mixture down evenly and cover with a lid or foil. Refrigerate the bars overnight, or for at least 4 hours. Once hardened, cut the recipe into 12 bars and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready for them. For the best taste, we recommend eating all the bars within 4 to 5 days. If you need to store them longer, wrap them tightly in plastic and freeze. Bars should last for a month, properly packaged.
No-Bake Workout Bars
- In a blender, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the oats until a flour like consistency. In a large bowl, toss to combine oat flour, remaining 1/2 cup oats, protein powder, chocolate chips, chia or flax seeds, and raisins.
- Stir together in a medium bowl the coconut milk, peanut butter, and honey. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
- Spread mixture into a 9 x 9-Inch square pan or an 11 x 7-inch pan. Press mixture down and cover with a lid or foil and refrigerate overnight, or until they harden some. Slice into 12 bars and keep stored in the refrigerator.
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If you enjoyed these easy no-bake workout bars, we think you’ll also want to try our Quinoa Protein Bars
Editors Note: This post was originally published June 13, 2015 and has been updated.