Pretzel & Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

I love making homemade granola bars and protein bars. They are versatile, convenient, and best of all - delicious! I usually make a big batch, cut them into bars, and then wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them for an easy to grab snack. For this recipe I added dark chocolate chips, but other substitutions could be flaked coconut, chopped almonds, or dried cherries. 


2 cups oats
1 scoop protein powder (I used Quest protein in vanilla)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1/2 cup crushed pretzels
1/3 cup dark chocolate mini chips


1. In a pan toast oats over medium heat, stirring frequently until lightly browned (about 5 minutes).
2. In a sauce pan, melt coconut oil and honey over medium heat. Turn heat off and add vanilla and salt, and stir. Let cool. 
3. Stir in the protein powder into the coconut oil mixture. Add the toasted oats, pretzels, and chocolate chips. 
4. Press into a baking tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes before cutting into slices. 

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