These granola-bar style protein bars are a delicious and healthy snack. Forget store-bought, chalky bars - once you've tried these you will never go back! Plus, these are a huge money saver. Make a batch of 12 for a few dollars, compared to paying $2 plus for a store bought bar.
Take 3/4 cup oatmeal, and process using a blender or a food processor until oats form a flour.
Add oat flour, oatmeal, brown rice crisp, coconut, whey protein, and sea salt to a bowl, and mix together.
In a microwave safe bowl, add coconut oil and honey. Microwave for 20-30 seconds (or longer, if coconut oil was solid), until mixture is warmed but not too hot.
Pour liquid, warm coconut oil and honey mixture into the dry mixture, and mix together well.
Line an 8x8 pan with baking paper or grease with coconut oil.
Pour protein bar mixture into the pan, and use a pastry roller to press down into an even layer. A pastry roller really helps make a nice looking, compact layer. If I didn't have one, I would use a pint glass or something similar.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the bars are lightly golden brown.
Cool completely, and then slice into bars. I store these and enjoy them right out of the freezer (they get really crunchy when frozen), but cut them before they freeze. Frozen bars are difficult to cut and will split.
The flavor of the honey really comes through in these simple bars, so I like to use a high quality honey or sub for date syrup.