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Friday, August 15, 2008

Homemade Protein Bars


I am always looking for something that packs a lot of bang for your buck for my husband to eat. He needed something to give him a good jump start in the morning, and when I saw these protein bars over at It's Melissa's Kitchen, I thought they looked great! I made them once, and my husband was hooked! He requested them all! the! time! and wanted them bigger (of course). So I tweaked the recipe and added a few things. We each have one everyday for breakfast! Here is my version:

Homemade Protein Bars
from It's Melissa's Kitchen
Makes 20 regular or 16 large bars

~1.5 cups natural peanut butter (I use Smuckers Natural, Crunchy)
~3 cups chocolate whey protein powder
~6 cups oats
~6 tablespoons ground flax seed
~6 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
~1 cup milk (plus additional as needed to blend)

Combine protein powder, oats, flax seed and wheat germ in a large bowl, stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Add peanut butter and milk, and stir with spoon or mix with hands (messy, but the most effective method!) until thoroughly combined. Add additional milk as necessary to bring all ingredients together. Line a 9x13 pan with parchement paper. Press mixture into the pan evenly. Place pan in the freezer until bars are set. Remove from pan using parchement paper, then peel the paper off. Cut into 20 regular bars or 16 large bars.

Nutritional Information for 1 regular sized bar:
Calories - 290. Total Fat - 11g. Sat. Fat - 2.1g. Carbohydrates - 29g. Fiber - 4.5g. Sugar - 4.4g. Protein - 22g.

6 comments:

Melissa said...

Ooohhhh, I'm going to have to try your tweaks!

Katie said...

These look SO good! What a GREAT idea! I hate all that preservative crap in regualr protien bars, but I like the convience. I'm going to HAVE to try these! Thanks!

That Girl said...

Protein AND chocolate? Nice work.

Michelle in Colorado Springs said...

What kind of protein powder?

TPOX said...

Oh sorry! I used whey protein, because that is what my husband had in the house. I will update the recipe. Thanks!

The DeL Sisters said...

Mmmmm. Those look good! I love peanut butter!