My Addiction

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

They say the best way to overcome an addiction is to distance yourself from that which triggers uncontrollable urges.

They say you should seek out the support of others.

Well this is me admitting my problem.

I went all weekend without touching a single oat.

And this is me seeking your support…

Screw recovery, these things are INCREDIBLE!

Coconut Cranberry Protein Bars

By:Β Heather Powers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert breakfast snack low sugar high protein peanut free vegetarian vegan oats cranberries coconut oil protein powder bar

Ingredients (16 bars)

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal (I used this brand)
  • 2 cups vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 4oz containers of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 20 drops liquid stevia (or additional sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, protein powder, cereal, cinnamon, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla, agave, and stevia and whisk until smooth.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
5. Push up your sleeves and prepare to put some elbow grease into it as you stir ingredients together.
6. Spread mixture into a greased 13×9 baking dish.
7. Add dried cranberries to the top and push down into mixture with a spatula.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are browned and crisp.
9. Allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing.
10. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

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I tried something new with adding the cereal and I’m so glad I did. I’m all about textures and I love the bit of CRUNCH it added. Feel free to sub in any dried fruit for the recipe (or scratch that chocolate itch if you must) but I think the tartness of the cranberries was the perfect match to the overall buttery coconut almondΒ flavor.

Soft and crumbly, chewy and crunchy, perfectly sweet…

And with nutritionals that will knock your socks off!

This bar makes an EXCELLENTΒ midday snack…the high protein and fiber are guaranteed to keep you satisfied for more than a couple of hours. Or even better, crumble it over a bowl of Greek yogurt and you’ve got yourself a POWER BREAKFAST! πŸ™‚

But that isn’t even the best part…

The ingredient that started it all.

One of the BEST protein powders I’ve ever tasted!

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from the lovely Jill a few months back for this container of Collagen Sport Whey Isolate Complex from NeoCell. Since then I’ve been enjoying it in smoothies, ugly pancakes, and homemade protein barsΒ and I’m absolutely LOVING it!

Each scoop gives a whopping THIRTY grams of protein without ANY artificial sweeteners or flavors, fillers or synthetic ingredients.

It’s also gluten, wheat, sugar, and lactose FREE!

So you wanna hear the best part?

NeoCell wants to give one of YOU a container for FREE!

Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry

1. Tell me what your recent snack/food addiction is!

Additional entries:
1. Like NeoCell Sport on Facebook
2. Follow NeoCell Sport on Twitter
3. Follow Kiss My Broccoli on Twitter
4. Tweet the following: “I just entered to win FREE @NeoCellSport #protein powder from @kissmybroccoli #giveaway”
5. Follow Kiss My Broccoli on Pinterest and PIN this post!

Giveaway will run until Thursday, August 9 at 11:59 CST
Open to US and Canadian residents!

Good luck!

While I did receive a container of NeoCell Sport for free, I was not compensated in ANY way for this review.Β 

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156 Responses to My Addiction

  1. Iris says:

    Homemade almond butter with coconut! Yum!

  2. Crystal says:

    Fresh washington blueberries! Omg, Yum! <3

  3. Crystal says:

    Follwed you on Pinterest and pinned this post πŸ™‚

  4. Lizzi says:

    Woman, you’re out of control. STOP IT! STOP IT NOW! My oat addiction is already seriously interfering with my life… I don’t need any more encouragement!

  5. Tarah @ NuttybyNature says:

    YUM!!! Those look SO goooood!!! AHhhhh… hungry now…

    My current fave snack is a toss up between fresh melon or protein muffins! Easy & delicious!! πŸ™‚

  6. Please don’t stop your addiction – I’m loving all these granola bar recipes! πŸ˜‰

    My recent food obsession is my berry crisp I made recently… I can’t stop eating it haha!

  7. And I tweeted about the giveaway!

  8. Microwave protein cakes are seriously a weakness for me!!! They are so easy and so good! These look amazing!

  9. my recent snack food addiction is mini pops! so good.

  10. Marie-Sophie says:

    So sad I cannot enter (I’m from Germany … being an international reader pretty much sucks at every giveaway in the US/Canadian blog world ;-)) BUT copying this recipe into my must bake list right now! Now I just have to find a decent and cheap protein powder – 2 cups, oh man! πŸ™‚

  11. Ironically I am looking for a new protein powder!! (as you kind of know haha) I would love to try this brand!

    My recent addiction has been my powercake and my homemade protein peanut butter chocolate hummus. I eat them both almost daily. Sometimes addictions can be good especially if they are super tasty! Perk of being a foodie right? πŸ™‚

  12. Already follow you on twitter!

  13. Already follow you on pinterest!

  14. I currently love my veggies (peppers, carrots, cucumbers, jicima, grape tomatoes to fill a small baggie) and hummus!

    Great giveaway!

  15. I like NeoCell Sport on Facebook!

  16. I follow NeoCell Sport on Twitter!

  17. Follow you and Pinned this post!

  18. Missy says:

    My current addiction is Wasa Rosemary Flatbread crackers, heated in microwave, then melting 2% shredded mozzerella cheese on them (just a few seconds to melt). I really like that along with fresh peaches and cottage cheese.

  19. Missy says:

    I followed them on Twitter!

  20. Ray says:

    My recent snack addiction is trying new nut butters instead of regular peanut butter! Right now I’m enjoying Cashew & Almond Butters!

  21. Missy says:

    I “liked” them on Facebook

  22. Ray says:

    I like them on Facebook too!

  23. Missy says:

    I already stalk, err, follow you on Twitter – duh!

  24. Ray says:

    I’m an email subscriber too! Thanks!

  25. Chobani with granola is my addiction right now πŸ™‚

  26. Missy says:

    I tweeted!!

    (no Pinterest so I didn’t do that!)

  27. i love chobani. it is my addiction right now!

  28. Caitlin F. says:

    I can’t seem to get enough popchips & hummus in my life lately.

  29. Banana bread muffins! I can NOT stop making them! And my family definitely enables me. Everytime I visit there just happens to be a bunch of bananas at the peak of ripeness… πŸ™‚

  30. I liked NeoCell Sport on Facebook

  31. I follow NeoCell Sport on Twitter

  32. I already follow Kiss My Broccoli on Twitter

  33. I follow Kiss My Broccoli on Pinterest and pinned about the post (as Journeytofit)

  34. 91% Chocolate Lover says:

    I just discovered somersault snacks, which are sunflower seed-based cracker type things. They’ve got protein and fiber, and also a chocolate flavor with little added sugar! They’re good by themselves, or on top of yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. I want to buy the salsa flavor to put on top of mexican quinoa bowls for some crunch.

  35. Erin says:

    Self serve fro yo…I rent five times this weekend!

  36. Laurel C says:

    Lately I’ve been loving greek yogurt with cinnamon and stevia! yum!

  37. Laurel C says:

    i follow you on twitter!

  38. Laurel C says:

    I follow Neocell on twitter too!

  39. Laurel C says:

    I like Neocell on Facebook!

  40. karina says:

    fresh blueberries by the handful is my recent (slightly expensive) food addiction

  41. Rosalie says:

    My favourite snack as of late (by which I mean the past 24 hours because I have food-love-ADD πŸ˜‰ ): cottage cheese, plain yogurt, and sugar-free chocolate pudding mix stirred up + cinnamon, Capella cappuccino flavor drops, and chocolate stevia drops; topped with a half-square of shaved unsweetened chocolate and a crumbled mocha almond granola bar.

  42. Rosalie says:

    I met additional entry requirement numero uno πŸ™‚

  43. Rosalie says:

    And additional entry requirement number two!

  44. Rosalie says:

    Officially following you on Twitter (not sure why I wasn’t before–I guess I only had you on Instagram for some reason. So much social media~)

  45. Rosalie says:

    I tweeted about your give-away πŸ™‚

  46. Rosalie says:

    Aaaand, to round it all out, I pinned this recipe to my Pinterest πŸ™‚

  47. My recent addiction is mixed nuts!

  48. I liked collagen sport on facebook

  49. I followed Neocell on twitter

  50. I follow you on pinterest and pinned

  51. kolya says:

    My snack food addiction used to be popcorn but now it’s Arctic Zero ice cream.

  52. kolya says:

    Just started following you on Facebook.

  53. kolya says:

    Liked neocell on FB too.

  54. kim says:

    my recent addiction is chinese hot pot!

  55. Amanda says:

    My recent snack addiction is Clif Mojo bars!

  56. Amanda says:

    Followed on twitter!

  57. carah says:

    i follow on pinterest!

  58. carah says:

    liked their fb page!

  59. carah says:

    My recent food addiction is parfaits with plain greek yogurt, choc protein frosting, cottage cheese, nut butter, granola…..all in a frosted glass!

  60. Brooke says:

    My recent food addiction is green smoothies! Can’t get enough of them after hot summer workouts.

  61. Umm, holy yum! I need to make these, but with dates or raisins instead of the cranberries. Don’t worry, I’d be addicted too!

  62. Leanne says:

    My recent addicting snack is peanut butter! Can’t stop eating it lately!

  63. Leanne says:

    I’m following Kiss My Broccoli on Twitter!

  64. Leanne says:

    I’m following NeoCell on Twitter

  65. Nicole G says:

    Overnight oats with old fashioned oatmeal, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pomegranate greek yogurt from TJs, and chia seeds. Every night before bed .. can’t help it =)

  66. Greek yogurt or almond milk with peanut butter cheerios! So tasty.

  67. Beth says:


  68. I’m making these this weekend so I can be addicted with you!

  69. Definitely berries and granola topped with honey!

  70. Tonia says:

    I’m obsessed with mixed nuts right now! Those bars look absolutely DELICIOUS

  71. Tonia says:

    I follow you on twitter πŸ™‚

  72. Renata says:

    My new snacking addition is granola in Greek yogurt with fresh fruit too!

  73. Renata says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  74. Renata says:

    I follow NeoCell Sport on Twitter too!

  75. Renata says:

    I like NeoCell Sport on Facebook as well! Thank you so much! Looks fabulous!

  76. Georgiana says:

    My new snacking addiction is hummus with rice crackers for dipping! Yum!

  77. Georgiana says:

    I like NeoCell Sport on Facebook now too! Great review as it sounds like a terrific product!

  78. Claire says:

    protein cookies!
    1/2 cup oats + 1 tbsp nut butter + 1 egg white (or 2 tbsp liquid whites) + 1 scoop vanilla whey protein. Baked at 350 for 6-7 minutes. yummm!

  79. Carly says:

    I liked collagen sport on fb!

  80. Carly says:

    My recent food addiction is peanutflour or buttered popcorn(: nom nom

  81. Carly says:

    I also followed NeoCell Sport on twitter

  82. Carly says:

    I already followed you on twitter; duh(:

  83. Carly says:

    and of course I was glad to pin this post!

  84. Chelsea B says:

    Following you on twitter πŸ™‚

  85. I can’t wait for you to get your package….

    That is all. πŸ™‚

  86. Oh, my recent addiction: NUTTY BUTTER!!! [And watermelon. Perhaps to balance out the nut butter?]

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  88. Amy says:

    Recent addiction: pbj smoothies!! it’s too darn hot for anything else πŸ˜‰

  89. Amy says:

    I followed you on pinterest and pinned πŸ™‚

  90. Bethany says:

    Anything with tomatoes! Sandwiches, salads, just a slice with some salt and pepper – luckily it’s tomato season, because I can’t get enough

  91. Haha, there is no need to step away from the oats. Keep cranking out great recipes like this.
    My recent snack food addiction is good dark chocolate. I’ve rediscovered my love of it.

  92. Kari says:

    I have been loving fresh berries and cottage cheese – yum!

  93. Kari says:

    I liked NeoCell on Facebook!

  94. Kristen says:

    Frozen watermelon is my new snack!!! Cool and refreshing

  95. Lauren says:

    My recent snack/food addiction is Chobani plain Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and stevia. So delicious and a great snack or healthy, protein packed dessert!

  96. Kimberley says:

    My recent addiction has been popcorn with melted coconut oil drizzled over it. So delicious!

  97. Emily says:

    I’m obsessed with watermelon and feta salad. I’ve been eating it for years and it’s still my go-to snack in the summertime! Ya, yum.

  98. Lauren says:

    I follow you on Twitter @TeenEatLive

  99. Leslie says:

    I am absolutely addicted to peanut butter! I eat it with literally everything, and by the forkful of course. I have 4 different nut butter jars open right now, and I only wish I didn’t have an intolerance to tree nuts or you can bet an almond butter jar would be open too!

  100. Serena says:

    My food addiction is blueberries!! I know its boring, but I never realized how incredible satisfying it is to pop a sweet, delicious blueberry between your teeth!! Plus, this new blueberry addiction has somehow sated my sweet tooth so my chocolate addiction is somewhat less…out of control πŸ˜‰

  101. Serena says:

    I liked Neocell on Facebook!

  102. Serena says:

    I followed Neocell on Twitter

  103. Serena says:

    I followed KissMyBroccoli on twitter

  104. Serena says:

    I retweeted “I just entered to win FREE @NeoCellSport #protein powder from @kissmybroccoli #giveaway”

  105. Meghan says:

    1) addiction: chobani plain Greek yogurt with bare naked vanilla almond granola!

  106. Meghan says:

    Additional entries:
    2) I followed you on twitter!
    3) I liked Neocell sport on Facebook!
    4) I followed Neocell sport on twitter!
    5) I followed you on pinterest and repinned post!


  107. jodie says:

    Full fat large curd cottage cheese w/pepper.

  108. jodie says:

    Follow KMB on twitter.

  109. Rebekah Cefalu says:

    I am hooked on pancakes.. No lie! PS- I pinned this giveaway on Pinterest, where I am now following you πŸ™‚

  110. Katie says:

    most recent snack addition0 2% greek yogurt with walnuts, honey, and salty PB! YUM

  111. Katie says:

    liked them on FB!

  112. Katie says:

    follow them on twitter!

  113. Katie says:

    follow you on twitter!

  114. Jordan D says:

    Ice cream! Any flavor, any type. So far I’ve had some Arctic Zero, butter pecan ice cream, and mint chip coconut milk ice cream just this week alone. I blame the heat wave lol.

  115. Jordan D says:

    I liked Collagen Sport on facebook

  116. Jordan D says:

    I follow them on twitter, too

  117. Jordan D says:

    I already follow you on twitter, obviously!

  118. clare says:

    My guilty pleasure is FOR SURE almond butter. I can finish a jar in less than a week.
    I need rehab.

  119. Meg says:

    oh my goodness hunnie! How are you so amazing? I can never get over those stats. My goodness

  120. Brooke Brown says:

    Homemade granola. Yum!

  121. Ellyn says:

    Tomato sauce!

  122. Ellyn says:

    Following them on twitter!

  123. Ellyn says:

    Following you on twitter!

  124. Meredith says:

    My newest favorite snack is peanut butter protein pudding: Greek yogurt, pb flour, and a few drops of stevia. Sometimes I add cocoa if I’m feelin’ sassy.

  125. Lauren says:

    Nectarines are latest favorite snack πŸ™‚

  126. I am loving Mrs. May’s Rice sticks. So tasty!

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