This was adapted from Jamie Eason's Cinnamon Swirl Bread recipe, but I made my own changes. I think these are so good! One very important tip. The homemade protein bars have no preservatives in them. So, if you make them you MUST keep them in the fridge or the freezer or they will spoil after one day left on the counter. I learned this the hard way. I usually let them cool then put 4 squares in a ziploc sandwich bag and stick them in the fridge or freezer. They will be good 4-5 days in the fridge otherwise stick them in the freezer.
- 1.5 cups oat flour (I grind my own oat flour in my food processor or blender from old fashioned oats, but if you are in a rush you can just use old fashioned oats instead of oat flour, the bars will just be a little chewier)
- 3 scoops vanilla whey protein (I like MRM brand Rich Vanilla flavor)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup Stevia in the Raw (you could probably also use Xylitol (Ideal) if you don't like the taste of Stevia, but I haven't tried it yet)
- 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I like Almond Breeze - the 40 calorie per serving one)
- 1 3.5oz container of fruit flavored baby food (I used blueberry apple Gerber brand) or 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce if you don't have baby food handy
- ¼ cup Fage brand 0% Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 X 8 inch Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl combine (whisk together) all the dry ingredients.In a medium bowl combine (whisk together) all the wet ingredients. Once thoroughly blended pour mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.
Mix dry and wet ingredients well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 min or until knife comes out clean when placed in center. (Mine was closer to the 30 minutes but this will vary depending on your oven). Let cool for 10 min. Bars will be dense.
Makes 16 squares
If using as a small meal then 4 squares = 1 serving
If using as the starchy carb in your meal (along with a lean protein source) then 2 squares = 1 serving