My friend and I were discussing protein bars the other day and I decided I needed to find a recipe to make them rather than buy them. I did some research, and it seems like all the protein bars in the stores are 1. expensive and 2. loaded with ingredients that I cannot pronounce- translation- not good for you. I like knowing what is in my food (Call me crazy).
I began a search for homemade protein bar recipes and I found a winner. This recipe is made with a few, easy to find, whole grain ingredients and it is SIMPLE!
Here is what you need:
½ cup all-natural peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
½ cup oat flour (I found this at Fresh Thyme- compare the ingredients and nutritional values of this to regular processed flour- you will be amazed- I was at least).
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)- I used vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey (find raw organic honey if possible)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
½ cup mini dark chocolate chips- The higher the percentage of cacao, the better
Measure all ingredients into a large bowl. Use a large spoon or spatula to thoroughly combine the ingredients until the mixture forms a thick dough. Make sure there aren’t any dry bits left in the bottom of the bowl.
Using a 1-tablespoon size cookie scoop, portion out the mixture into balls (you may need to roll each one between your palms to create a cohesive shape). Place finished balls on a large plate.
Refrigerate balls until set but still chewy, approximately one hour. Transfer to an airtight container (it’s okay to stack them). Balls will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks – if they last that long!
This should make about 2 dozen balls.
Pack them for a mid morning/afternoon snack or use them as a dessert!
Wondering how to pick out a good protein powder? Here are some tips:
The protein powder aisle can be overwhelming. Every brand promises different things, and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are four simple guidelines to follow when looking for the healthiest protein powder option:
Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Choose a protein powder that is either unsweetened or sweetened with stevia, monk fruit, or other natural sugar-free sweeteners.
Choose whey protein isolate or casein. These high-quality types of whey protein are easily absorbed by the body. They’re easy on the digestive system too.
Look for a short ingredient list. The fewer ingredients, the better. Look for a tub that contains 10 ingredients or less.
Grassfed, non-GMO, and rBGH free. If you can afford it, look for whey protein that comes from grassfed cows and is certified non-GMO and rBGH free. This means that the cows that produced the whey are well cared for and that the end product is more likely to be free from contaminants.