Nut Protein Bars

This recipe comes courtesy of my good friend, Jen Caron.

She’s a pretty talented lady, check out her website here.

Here’s her version:

Nut Crunch Protein Bars

What you need:

2 cups large oat flakes

5 scoops of your favourite flavoured whey protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce + 2 tbsp

1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts

1/4 cup raisins or cranberries, or dried blueberries

1 tsp cinnamon

4 packets of stevia or splenda

Here’s How:

  1. In a separate bowl, combine oats, protein powder, cinnamon, splenda/stevia. Stir well until blended.
  2. Add peanut butter, apple sauce, raisins and nuts and mix well. The consistency will be thick and similar to cookie dough. If too dry, add a little more apple sauce, but only a spoon at a time. A little goes a long way. If the bars are too soft, they will not form.
  3. Line cling film in a 8×8 baking dish and press the protein bar mixture down into the dish until smooth.
  4. Place dish in freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from dish and cut into 10 bars. Individually wrap bars and keep in fridge.
  6. Other ingredients that can be added is: cocoa, dark chocolate pieces, unsweetened coconut flakes.

What I did differently:

  • I was low on protein powder, so I used a combination of vanilla and chocolate protein powder
  • I used exactly 1/2 cups+2 tbsp of apple sauce
  • Doubled up on cinnamon – the boy’s favourite spice!
  • Used trail mix and added walnut pieces, but stuck to 1/2 cup total
  • I was also low on natural peanut butter, so I used almost 1/2 cup of pb and made up the full 1/2 cup with almond butter

It was pretty messy to mix with anything other than my hands. So, that is what I did.

When it was ready for the tray, I only had a 9×11 brownie tray. So, I laid out the cling film, dropped the ball of protein mixture in the middle, folded over the excess wrap and pressed into a square. This kept the mixture from sticking to EVERYTHING, and helped form it into a perfect square.

I also forgot that I wanted to add coconut, so I just sprinkled it on top before placing the pan in the freezer to set.

This is what Jen’s looked like:

Okay, okay… hers look MUCH better than mine! But, I’m pretty sure they taste just as good!

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