Power-Packed Protein Bars

Posted: Mar 16 2013

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I was going to pick up some protein bars at Sam's Club the other day, and was frozen in mid-reach when I saw how much they cost. Are you kidding me? They were about fifty cents a piece! And that's cheap! When you pick them up at the grocery or convenience store, they can be up to $1 each. I don't know about you, but that's a mighty hefty price for protein!

I decided to roll up my sleeves and make my own protein bars. I got in the kitchen and added some of this, a little of this, a lot of that. Before I knew it, I had four dozen protein bars at a tiny little fraction of the cost. Now, before you get in the kitchen and make up some of your own, I need to give you a warning.

I'm a big fan of fiber.

Fiber cleans out your body.

The cleansing process is often accompanied with gas.

Do I need to say more?

I packed Blair a couple of protein bars to take the work the next day. He called me around 4:00 in the afternoon. I picked up the phone and he said, "Good Lord, Woman! What did you put in those protein bars? I've already had to go on about three walks outside the office building! These are dangerous!"

Now, I'm sure I've already shared way more than my husband would want, so if you know him or may visit him at work, please don't let him know I told you this. And if his office door is shut, you may want to stay far away!

So, with that warning in place, here's the recipe:

Power-Packed Protein Bars

2 cups vanilla protein powder (whey or soy-based)
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup flax meal
1 tsp salt
1 large apple, peeled and cut into chunks (or 1 cup applesauce)
2 cups almonds (or other nuts), coarsely chopped
2 cups raisins (divided)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup coconut palm sugar (or sucanat)
4 beaten eggs
1 cup dehydrated cranberries (or other dehydrated fruit)

1. Get one cup of raisins and pour one cup of warm water over them in a bowl. Let them soak while you add up the other ingredients. 

2. Combine protein powder, oat bran, flour, flax meal, and salt in one bowl. 

3. In a blender, combine apple chunks  and 1/2 cup water until it looks like applesauce. Pour applesauce into a new bowl. In that same blender, combine the soaked raisins with the water that it was soaking in until it looks like....umm....."raisin juice?" Add that to the applesauce. 

4. To the apple sauce and raisin juice, add almonds, the remaining raisins, peanut butter, sugar, beaten eggs, and dehydrated fruit. Mix this all up and then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well and pour into two greased 9x13 pans. Bake for 30 minutes at 350° or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Stick a cork in your bee-hind.


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