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Saturday, July 9, 2011

My Homemade Protein Bars - Peanut Butter Cookie, You say?

The above picture is my two boys trying them out.  Jon stuffed the whole thing in his mouth - hence the funny face.  They thought these tasted like peanut butter cookies.  I wanted to come up with a protein bar that was cheaper and tasted better than what I get in the store.  Plus, minimal ingredients is always good. Try them out and tell me what you think.

Peanut Butter Cookie Protein Bars
1 cup peanut butter 
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup liquid sweetener (or more to taste)
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup protein powder
1 1/2 - 2 cups oats

1. Put the peanut butter and butter in glass dish and microwave for 30 seconds.  Take this out and stir till melted together.
2. Add in vanilla and sweetener and stir till combined.
3. Next, add in the protein powder and stir till combined.
4. Add in the oats and stir till combined.  Depending on what kind/how much sweetener you use, you may need to add a bit more or a bit less oats.  You want a nice thick batter.
5. Pour into parchment paper lined 8x8 pan and pat out.
6. Refrigerate till solid.

Here's the protein break down if you cut into 12 bars for the ingredients I used.
Peanut butter - 56 grams
Protein Powder 56 grams
Oats 10 grams
Total 122 grams protein for the whole recipe.  This calculates to around 12 grams of protein per bar.

The protein mix I used has very minimal ingredients and is unflavored - perfect for this bar!  You can find it at the link below.

Feel free to experiment with sweeteners and nut butters.

***Update: I now like to blend my oats first because of the texture.  
I also have a friend who uses 1/4 cup stevia for the sweetener and said they make them every week.


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