Coconut Cherry Oat Bars

4.5 Grams of Protein/29 Grams of Carbohydrates/193 Calories/6.5 Grams of Fat

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Bake Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 8 Bars

While the True Nutrition athlete is always on the grind and lives for the hustle, we are constantly looking for ways to maintain our nutritional and performance goals while on the move.  From work-to-gym life and everything in between, maintaining a healthy diet and crushing our personal goals takes true dedication. Thankfully for lifting and fitness enthusiasts, there are some amazing options when it comes to easy to make and always delicious nutrition bars.

If you look through my kitchen, you would be hard pressed to find many ‘snacks’ or processed foods,” enthuses our guest blogger Meg Gunther of My Engineered Nutrition. “I’d always much rather make things for myself, that way I know all of the ingredients and there aren’t any hidden additives.”

When Meg created this amazing recipe she decided to use oatmeal, as it is one of the most essential superfoods and is packed with the healthy fibers and carbs any dedicated athlete needs to maximize results inside and outside of the gym, and that’s why we are backing Meg’s amazing Coconut Cherry Oat Bars.

An easy to make, easy to pack, absolutely delicious snack. These bars are a must for anyone looking to have healthy on the go snacks.

Kitchen Accessories:

  • One baking dish, 8 inch square
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of True Nutrition Oat Blend of Old Fashioned Oats, Dried Tart Cherries and Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 cup of ripened mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut butter or coconut manna
  • ½ cup of tart dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup of shredded sweetened or unsweetened coconut

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare your baking dish by lining with parchment paper. Fold the paper so that the bottom and edges are covered in parchment paper, as this will make for easier removal of bars.
  • Spread 2 cups of oats out on a baking sheet, making an even layer.
  • Toast in the oven for 5-8 minutes , ensuring the oats don’t get too brown.
  • As the oats toast combine melted coconut butter, mashed banana, vanilla extract and dried cherries in a mixing bowl.
  • After oats are toasted, add them to the mixing bowl and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Transfer the oat mix to the prepared baking dish and spread into corners, then sprinkle an even layer of shredded coconut on top and bake for 25 minutes at 350°F.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into 8 pieces, and enjoy!  

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Photo courtesy of Meg Gunther of myengineerednutrition.com

One thought on “Coconut Cherry Oat Bars

  1. Danny says:

    This recipe sounds awesome. Big props to whoever concocted this one. Only wish it had more protein in it. Maybe you could give a hint how to add more protein without destroying the yummy goodness. Any ideas?

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