This is a granola bar that I came up for a snack at work. I needed something to fill me up, something with protein, but not too high in sugar, fat and calories. Not to mention gluten-free, dairy-free and low-FODMAP! These bars fit that bill and they are vegan to boot.
If you haven't heard of it yet, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that you reconstitute with water. It's awesome because they have removed 85% of the fat and calories from peanut butter, yet retained the protein. The folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Nutrition Action newsletter love it. There is a small amount of sugar added to PB2, but it is minimal. I'm excited because it's now available at Wal-Mart. I just hope that I don't find out I have intolerance to peanut butter.
I make these bars with quinoa flakes, but you could also use gluten-free quick oats if you like. Or you could use a mixture of the two. It makes just a small batch of bars, which is perfect for me since I don't eat them that fast. Just press into a small loaf pan, chill and cut into bars. You don't even have to bake them!
PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars
Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
makes 6 - 8 bars
2/3 cup PB2 powder*
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup quinoa flakes or gluten-free quick oats
1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life for dairy-free)
- Mix the PB2 powder and water together until creamy. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Add the quinoa flakes or oats, coconut and chocolate chips. Stir until well-combined, using your hands if you need to. The mixture will be a little dry, but should ultimately sick together.
- Line a 4"x 8" loaf pan with parchment paper. Press mixture evenly into pan. Chill in the refrigerator a couple of hours. Remove from pan and cut across into bars. Store in the fridge.
*Instead of PB2 and water, you can try a generous 1/2 cup of regular peanut butter. You can also try sunflower seed butter for a peanut-free option.