Monday, June 13, 2016

Homemade Protein Bars


Do you ever get to the point to where you have let your pantry dwindle down and you think to yourself "what can I do with these ingredients?". That's how I have been feeling about these oats that have been hanging around in the pantry. Pinterest has inspired me to try the overnight oats and I am a huge fan of oatmeal and no-bake cookies, but I wanted something a little more mobile that I could take with me on the road during my long school and work commutes. I decided to try the homemade protein bars because 1) they are easy to take with me anywhere and 2) I need a dependable snack that would fill me up and tie me over until my next meal time. I was very happy with these! I used peanut butter and vanilla soy protein for mine and they turned out great. Everyone in the family tried these and liked them.
I look forward to trying out different flavor combinations in the future. If you have any suggestions for flavors and combinations you have used in your homemade protein bars, please leave me a comment!

Recipe:

1/2 Cup of Almond Milk (or whatever milk pleases you)
1 Cup of Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp. of Honey
1 Cup of Vanilla Soy Protein
2 Cups of Rolled Oats (I used Trader Joe's 100% Whole Grain Oats- Gluten Free)

Start by heating up the milk, honey, and peanut butter in a pan until it is all combined together and just barely starts to boil (once you see the first bubble, remove from heat). Then, stir in the oats and protein powder and continue folding the ingredients until well combined. Put the mixture into a 9 x 13 cake pan (I lined the bottom of mine with parchment paper and this worked really well) and let cool completely in the refrigerator. Once cool, cut into rectangles and enjoy!

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