Having to pay for something is a pretty big motivator to get out of the house and go. Scott told me the other day that he's tired of protein shakes, and he asked me to find some recipes for protein bars or muffins or some kind of snack to have after a work out.
And behold, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars were born. The original recipe made peanut butter protein bars using vanilla protein powder. Our local grocery store doesn't even sell protein powder, so while I was there picking up ingredients the other day, I figured that you can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. So I just decided to use the chocolate protein powder we had on hand.
- 1/2 c. nonfat milk
- 1 c. Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
- 3 T honey
- 1 1/2 c. 100% Whey Protein Powder- Chocolate
- 2 c. regular oats (not quick cook)
1. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with wax paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Add milk, peanut butter, and honey to a sauce pan.
3. Over medium heat, stir milk, peanut butter, and honey until well combined.
4. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate protein powder.
5. Then stir in the oats.
6. Until it is all combined (and yes, this takes a little elbow grease!).
7. Transfer the mixture onto your wax paper-lined baking pan, and pat down. (This is a super sticky and messy process, but it was pretty fun!)
8. If you're a perfectionist like me, grab a spatula, spray it with a little cooking spray, and use it to form this into a more rectangular shape with a smooth top. This will also help to make the bars more uniform in thickness.
9. Allow the mixture to cool completely, and then cut into bars.
This was SOOOO easy! It was incredibly similar to making no-bake cookies, but there was no butter, and no added sugar. Even better--they TASTE like a no-bake cookie! In my book, a healthy treat that tastes like something unhealthy is an absolute WIN in my book.
Because I am watching my calorie in-take, and Scott wanted a snack that was pretty close to 20g of protein, I did some math (ugh), and figured out the calories and protein for cutting these into 8 bars or 12. I decided to cut my rectangle into thirds, and then each of those into fourths to make 12 bars, but if you want a slightly longer bar, just cut it in half and then into fourths.
For 8 Bars: 398 calories, 27.5g protein
For 12 Bars: 266 calories, 18.3g protein
While I was browsing for protein snacks, I also found some meals that were packed with protein. Stay tuned for another recipe soon! :)