High-Protein Cherry-Chia & Pistachio Breakfast Bars Recipe - Better Nutrition

Cherry-Chia & Pistachio Breakfast Bars

No need to buy an expensive box of breakfast bars when you can easily make your own! We added protein powder to these already nutrient-dense bars for extra staying power.
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Cherry-Chia & Pistachio Breakfast Bars have real staying power, thanks for whey protein, nuts, and fiber-rich chia seeds.

Cherry-Chia & Pistachio Breakfast Bars have real staying power, thanks for whey protein, nuts, and fiber-rich chia seeds.

These dense, chewy breakfast bars are fortified with protein-rich whey for extended energy on the go. Dried cherries add extra flavor and a powerful dose of antioxidants. We used chia seeds and pistachios for added protein and fiber, plus a healthy dose of immune-boosting omega-3 fats. You can swap out the pistachios for almonds, macadamias, or cashews, or use pumpkin seeds for a nut-free version.

  • Makes 12 barsServings


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla-flavored whey protein powder (We used Garden of Life Grass-Fed Whey)
  • 2 Tbs. monk fruit or erythritol (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup pistachios


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray or coat an 8x8-inch glass baking dish with vegetable or coconut oil.

2. In medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk in chia seeds and set aside.

3. In large bowl, combine oats, whey protein powder, sweetener (if using), baking powder, and salt. Stir wet ingredients into dry, mixing until well combined. Stir in cherries and pistachios.

4. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish, and bake 20 minutes, or until firm and golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cut into 12 bars, and serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 190
  • Carbohydrate Content: 24 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 40 mg
  • Fat Content: 5 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 180 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g
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