It’s not that I’m opposed to cooking and baking, I enjoy it when I do, but sometimes I just want something quick and easy that I can have on hand as a snack. I have taken bits and pieces from protein bar recipes I have seen over the years and added some of my own touches for a yummy, easy-to-make, power-packed, satisfying protein bar. Try experimenting to personalize your protein bar recipe! Add nuts, dried fruit, even chocolate chips if you get bored with this combination.
1 cup dried oats
5 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (Vegans can use vanilla soy protein isolate powder, thanks for the tip, Cathy!)
5 Tbsp natural peanut butter
3 Tbsp hemp seed
1/2 cup skim milk (Substitute with almond, soy milk, water, etc)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Water as needed
Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Add peanut butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 Tbsp of water at a time until it is a thick and sticky dough. Spread the dough onto the baking pan using a spatula that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. If you have a larger pan, shape the dough into a rectangle, standing about 1/2 inch thick. Freeze for 1 hour and cut into 6-9 squares*. (Less squares = more calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein.) Wrap individual squares in wax paper and store in refrigerator.
*As my friend Megan suggested, you can use fun cookie cutters too…I will not be providing the nutritional information for fun shapes.
Nutritional information for 6 bars:
286 calories, 11g fat, 15g carbohydrates, 30g protein
Nutritional information for 9 bars:
191 calories, 8g fat, 10g carbohydrates, 20g protein