Homemade (no bake) Protein Bars

So it’s been a minute since I’ve posted on my blog. SO LONG that we aren’t even a family of 3 anymore and haven’t been for over a year! WHOOPS.

I’m happy to be starting this week off right by a hot workout (thanks Shaun T/Cize) and a batch of protein bars that will last us through the week.

I’ve been meaning to make these bars for some time now (in my previous life I kept these stocked constantly in my fridge/freezer -I like mine SUPER cold). I’ve used this recipe for over 5 years and its my go-to recipe for quick, easy and delicious bars without crazy added preservatives beyond whats in the main ingredients.

To start off you’ll need a sturdy bowl and a SUPER sturdy thick spoon, this stuff gets sticky, some wax/parchment paper, a baking tray, and another glass bowl/heatproof spatula and a pot that your glass bowl fits over (double broiler).

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Add all of your dry ingredients to your (Whey protein powder, oat flour, chopped nuts, I used almonds, shredded coconut) to your sturdier bowl and stir to combine. Next add your milk and stir it to begin making your sticky protein “meat” (as my 3 year old calls it). Lastly, add your peanut butter and mix with that sturdy wooden spoon, you’ll get a bit of a workout here! You’ll want to be pretty precise with your measurements, too much liquid will make your bars wilty – you want them to be fairly stiff but not so stiff that they feel like biting into nougat. If you feel like the consistency is off just add more or less milk/powder/flour.

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Next, lay out your parchment paper on a baking tray (make sure the tray you use will fit into your freezer!!) Form your bars using your hands and lay/press them onto your parchment paper. I found it easiest and least messy to roll about 2 Tbsp worth of meat between my hands, place it on the parchment paper and then form into a bar. You’ll be able to make about 8 medium sized bars.

Once all of your bars are made, place your tray in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.

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Now that your bars are nicely firm you’ll want to start to double broil your chocolate.

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Melt your chocolate and you can either dip your entire bar, or lightly coat the tops by spreading, depending on how much extra calories you wanna add 😉

Return each bar to wax paper once coated and freeze one more time.

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Let your 3 year old lick the chocolate spoon and bowl.

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Remove and enjoy in moderation! I like to keep my in the fridge because I enjoy them cold.

INGREDIENTS:

– 1 1/2 cups Chocolate Whey protein powder

– 3/4 cup of oat flour

– 1/4 cup peanut butter

– 1/8 cup coarsely chopped seeds

– 1/8 cup shredded coconut

-1/2 cup milk or soy milk

Coating : semi-sweet chocolate

225 calories, 15g protein, carbs 12g , of which sugars : 2.5g, 16g fat, 5g fiber

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