No Bake Sunflower Power Bars

sunflower seed bar

Happy Wednesday!

OK, I have to be clear about something, because I don't want you all to get the wrong idea. Here it goes... I don't always eat whole, unprocessed, beautiful looking food. Really. I don't. In fact, there are a lot of convenience style, grab-and-go foods that I often choose, especially for snacks. You can see some of the ones Anna and I both enjoy on our Eats Shopping Page

One thing that helped me tremendously to settle into a healthy, balanced lifestyle was letting go of the concept that healthy eating means perfect eating. This is the farthest thing from the truth and incredibly unattainable, even for the most disciplined out there. None of us are perfect and neither is the way any of us eat, so we can all just let go of that right now. High fives!

A particular "convenience" food that I eat almost every day is some form or another of a protein bar. Luna Protein Bars and Think Thin Protein and Fiber Bars are my two favorites, although there are plenty of others I love as well. (No affiliations here - look in my pantry, you'll find them both). They are both specially formulated to have the killer combination of protein + fiber that is shown to keep us feeling satisfied longer. If your appetite runs rampant like mine, you will appreciate finding an easy solution for keeping hunger at bay. 

When I meal prep for the week, I typically prioritize batch cooking whole grains, lean proteins and roasted veggies for quick meals. When I have time, I do enjoy making my own snack bars, but I like to keep it simple. Luckily, it doesn't take many ingredients to make a nutty, satisfying, delicious bar filled with protein and fiber. 

For my work travels this week, I made a 5-ingredient version with sunflower seeds as the star of the bar! Best part is, my husband Daniel loves them too. Score! You all know how it is trying to find healthy solutions you and your s.o. will both enjoy. Well, this just might be a winner.

Go ahead, get your snack attack on!

no bake power bar

NO BAKE SUNFLOWER POWER BAR

Servings: 25 squares, Total prep time: 5 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup powdered peanut butter* + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup sunflower seed kernels

*The recipe does contain powdered peanut butter (any kind will do: PB2, Just Great Stuff, Jiff, etc) instead of real peanut butter. This is strictly because the powdered peanut butter adds a more concentrated amount of protein than a standard nut butter. These bars are also packed with nuts and seeds so you get your healthy fats as well, making this combo the best of both worlds. In order to turn it from powder into peanut butter, just add water and mix.

Preparation:

  1. Mix powdered peanut butter with water, then stir in honey until well combined.
  2. In food processor, or high speed blender, pulse oats and walnuts into a crumb, then stir into the peanut butter and honey mixture.
  3. Add the sunflower seed kernels and mix until uniform throughout.
  4. Press into a 9"x9" baking dish. I used tinfoil in the bottom to make it easier to get out.
  5. Set up in the fridge for 1 hour, or longer. Remove and cut into 25 squares.

These will last all week. I like to keep mine in a tupperware in the fridge, then put them in snack baggies for transporting, but they will be perfectly fine if kept out of the fridge as well.

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I hope you enjoy them!

Have a great week,

Megan