One of the easiest and most portable snacks in the world is a protein bar. They are filling, and are extremely delicious. Not to mention the wide variety of flavors available. The only problem is many protein bars on the market are “glorified candy bars.” Even though they do contain protein, they are also packed with sugar and other processed ingredients, which pretty much takes away the idea that they’re super healthy.
So how can you avoid running into this problem? Well there are two simple solutions.
1. Read the labels… which can get tedious and is time consuming.
2. Make your own! It’s so much cheaper, and you have complete 100% control over what goes inside.
I think i’ll go with the second one.
For this particular recipe, you are going to need:
1. 1 cup of oats
2. 1/2 cup whey protein powder (any flavor, but I used vanilla)
3. 1/2 cup of a cereal of your choosing (I used an oat bran) **recently I substituted popped amaranth for the cereal, and it makes the most amazing texture, I really recommend it.
4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
5. 2 beaten egg whites
6. 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
7. 1/4 cup honey
8. 1/4 cup pistachios
9. 1/4 cup homemade, unsweetened dried cranberries
10. 2 tbsp all natural peanut butter (if yours is really thick, it might help to melt it a bit)
Okay start by preheating your oven to 325F.
Line a baking pan with either parchment paper or foil sprayed with cooking spray.
Mix your dry ingredients (oats, cereal, protein powder, and cinnamon).
In a separate bowl, combine all the other ingredients
Add them together, mix well, and form into your pan.
Bake for about 30 minutes, and you’re done!
cut into sections, and then let cool before you take them apart.
This recipe is extremely versatile, and you can substitute the nuts and dried fruit with whichever kind you want. Same goes with the nut butter and honey (you can use agave nectar or maple syrup).
Question: What is your favorite store bought protein bar?
Mine would either be the luna protein bars or kind bars. I also like the chobani greek yogurt ones.