Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bars (GF/Vegan)

I get frustrated with protein bars. They either have too many unnecessary ingredients, a poor fat-carb-protein ratio, or so much dang sugar you might as well be eating a cookie. And let's face it, when you are short on time or just have no time at all, bars come in handy. So, have no fear. Make these bad boys in advance and keep them around all week. They are tasty, simple, and full of good-for-you ingredients. You're welcome! ; )

 Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bars (gluten free/vegan)

 2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 heaping scoop of vanilla protein powder (brown rice/or hemp)
1/2 c. chopped/pitted dates
1 tbs. almond butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp (or 1 tbs) chia seeds
A few shakes of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine the oats, almond flour, and protein powder. Blend well. Add in dates, maple syrup, almond butter and all other ingredients and blend thorougly. In a 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper, push mixture down pressing firmily into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool before cutting into bars. ENJOY!

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