Tuesday, December 15, 2009

protein bars

i'm tired of paying $1 plus for protein bars, especially when most have way too much sugar or fake sweeteners, so i decided to try and create my own. brett and i got on a weight lifting/protein recovery kick one time and bought a thing of protein powder as big as k and b, so it was nice to find a way to use it. the bars turned out edible, but not great. actually, i like them but i'm pretty easy to please when it comes to food, and i don't think any protein bars really taste that good (besides balance cookie dough and zone double chocolate, but again, a lot of sugar in both). they're not very sweet, which i really like, but they're too dry. maybe i should add more applesauce next time? let me know if you try them and do something different...i just want to keep them as natural and low sugar as possible (all measurements are approximate):

combine the following, press into a greased 9x13 pan, cook for about 20 minutes in a 325 degree oven, then cut into bars after they cool. i'll probably refrigerate mine in case it takes us awhile to eat them:
2 1/2 cups oatmeal (i used old fashioned, not instant, but steel-cut would be even healthier and less processed)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 T ground flaxseed
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
3 scoops protein powder (i used vanilla whey, and my scoop is 18 grams of protein. i would like to have more protein in them, but i was afraid they would taste weird if i put too much, so i'll add more next time)

i just used ingredients i had on hand, but i'm sure you could put whatever else you wanted in them (raisins, dark chocolate chips, etc) and they would be good. also, if there's something you don't have, i'm sure you could leave it out and the recipe wouldn't be that affected. the main thing is making sure you have a source of fiber, protein, and healthy fat in your bars (but trying to find something that will add moisture to yours). happy tuesday everyone!

1 comment:

  1. It makes me laugh that you have "on hand" things like whole wheat flour and flaxseed oil. Yeah. I dont cook. Anything :-( Good for you!