After quite a bit of searching for a simple but delicious protein bar recipe, I ran across this one on Pinterest. It was originally pinned from thehappyhealthfreak.com, so thank you, happy health freak. These protein bars are one of my favorite things to eat, they take 10 mins or less to prepare, and they have only 1 tablespoon of sugar (or stevia). I also added coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and walnuts to the mix so they’re a little more exciting, but do as you please.
You can find the original recipe here, but here’s what I do:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup of your favorite protein powder — I use vanilla
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (I have never put this in there, but it wouldn’t hurt)
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon powder stevia or sweetener of your choice (I use real sugar, whatever)
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter or PB2
1/4 cup egg whites, or 1 whole egg
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/4 cup chocolate chips if desired 🙂
Mix the first 7 ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the coconut, walnuts, and chocolate chips (if desired) and mix thoroughly. The batter will be thick. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan, and be sure it is evenly distributed. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 mins or until a knife inserted will come out clean.
Nutritional info for one bar (this is for the original recipe, not necessarily for my version)
123 Calories, 16g Carbs, 2g Fat, 12g Protein, 85mg Sodium, 4g Sugar.
Enjoy! For more great healthy recipes, check these out!