Five Ingredient Cherry Vanilla Protein Energy Bars - fresh with flavors of peanut butter and jelly, if you have five minutes you can make these bars!
I have never been a fan of peanut butter and jelly. Ever. Even as a kid - as a sandwich, I preferred grilled cheese, then later bagels and cream cheese. Just never enjoyed peanut butter and jelly together, sandwich or otherwise.
When one of the nurses tasted these last week, she said "oooh, peanut butter and jelly!"
and I cannot. put. them. down. They are crunchy, chewy, fluffy. Tangy from the cherries and warmly sweet from the vanilla, five minutes active time at most, and a couple hour wait while they set in the fridge. I usually make these later in the evening, and they are ready for us to enjoy with our coffee the next morning! Super quick and easy.
I am loving these bars, so I suppose that thing about taste preferences changing is true? Well, yes I know it is true, but I have a few lifetime flavor aversions I never expected to enjoy.
Next thing you know I'll enjoy cilantro?
Five Ingredient Cherry Vanilla Protein Energy Bars
YIELD: 7 bars or 21 balls
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
½ cup + 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (Vega Protein + Greens)
¾ cup crunchy nut butter (I used almond for the bars, cashew for the balls)
½ cup quick cooking oats
⅓ cup maple syrup
4- 5 tablespoons water
Line an 8x4 loaf pan with parchment.
In large mixing bowl, combine chopped cherries and protein powder - toss to coat cherries completely. Add nut butter, oats, and maple syrup - stir until combined completely. Add water as needed if crumbly.
Using hands, press into loaf pan*. Cover and transfer to refrigerator to set, a few hours to overnight.
Remove by lifting parchment out of pan, set onto cutting board. Slice into bars.
*Alternatively, roll into one inch size balls:
So, should I try a pb & j sandwich now?
oh and that cilantro thing? not a chance.
printable Five Ingredient Cherry Vanilla Protein Energy Bars recipe: