Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Protein Bars

I had a hard time finding protein bars that I liked in the store that didn't have a weird after taste and was low in calories and sugar... I was introduced to these homemade protein bars that are easy to make and very good!  The recipe comes from about.com.  I make them all the time!

3 1/2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups powdered non-fat milk
4 scoops low carb chocolate or vanilla protein powder
1 cup sugar-free maple syrup
2 egg whites, beaten
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup natural applesauce
sliced almonds (optional)
raisins or craisins (optional)
  1. Preheat over to 325 and spray a baking sheet or 9x12 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix oats, powdered milk, and protein powder in bowl and blend well.
  3. In separate bowl, combine egg whites, orange juice, applesauce, and the sugar-free syrup and blend well.
  4. Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients until blended. The consistency will be thick and similar to cookie dough.
  5. Spread batter onto pan and bake until edges are slightly crisp and browned (about 20 minutes) - careful not to overcook or they will be dry.
  6. Cut into 10 bars and store in airtight container, ziplock bags, or freeze.
Nutritional Information Per Bar: 157 Calories, 23g Carbs, 15g Protein, .5g Fat, 4g Fiber

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