Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Protein Bar Recipe

No time to make lunch? No problem, just grab a protein bar, a few precut veggie sticks (because you all have those ready in your fridge, right), and lunch is done! We make these every couple of weeks, so that there is always something quick and easy to grab that is still good for you!

Dee’s Protein Bars

1 cup protein powder
½ cup buckwheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup oat bran
½ cup brown sugar*
½ cup chocolate chips, raisins, currants, gogi berries, chopped dates, etc.
1 cup mixed nuts and seeds (my favorites are pumpkin and sunflower)
½ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup organic peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla

This is a one-bowl creation, so just put everything in a big bowl, mix it up, and spread it into an oiled 9x11 cake pan. Don’t use a non-stick pan, because after you bake this at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, you need to cut it into bars, and move them onto a cookie sheet. Then bake another 15 minutes! I often individually wrap mine and store them in the freezer. They thaw in a couple of minutes at room temperature.

*Just a note, if you use dates or prunes rather than sugar if you like. I have even made them without sweetener, but the boys don’t like them as much that way!