No Bake Protein Bars
If you haven’t caught on to a little trend in the world of healthy eating and nutrition, I’m excited today to introduce you to something absolutely amazing. If you are are on a clean eating regimen or system and are missing your “sweet fix” look no further than your protein powder mix.
I’m not talking about your typical protein shake, today I’m going to share how to make or bake some “clean treats” using protein powder as a base or addition. Not only will these delights help tame your tastebuds, they will help you stay the course without feeling deprived. Here is a general rule of thumb when baking with protein powder:
You will be exchanging a portion of what would usually be “flour” in the recipe for your protein powder. That being said, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, only one third of it would be protein powder, there rest would be made up of a clean flour of your choice (I recommend almond or coconut or oats). Always remember to use a rising agent if your flour lacks one. Google will be your best friend when mixing up clean recipes and finding new treats to add to your menu.
Another reason I enjoy baking with protein powder is the lack of need to add any sugar— generally you won’t even need to use honey when you mix in protein powder from a source like Quest or NLA for Her (code JENNY20 for 20% off the entire site) or similar flavored protein powders. This allows you to stay away from added sugar, unnecessary sugar based carbs and calories.
And a couple of tips:
- When cooking with a whey protein powder, I encourage you to decrease the temperature you are cooking at to make sure the baked good cooks evenly and not to fast. Again, only sub in your protein powder for part of the flour the recipe calls for. You may need to add more liquid (water, oil or applesauce, etc.) to be sure to have a treat that isn’t dried out and stays as moist and “fluffy” as possible.
- Adding protein powder into your recipes is a fantastic way to boost your protein intake without having to make one more shake. You can easily add 20 to 30 grams of protein to your “clean cheat” and meet your macros by doing so! You can do this with your “baked goods” or to any protein balls/bars or snacks you make each week to keep you filed up and ready to roll.
Now for the good stuff— Here is a recipe to start off easy (without the need for checking protein/flour ratios this time). Try my no-bake (see, super easy) “No Bake Protein Bars”
No Bake Protein Bars
- 4 cups Whole Grain Oats - 4 scoops Vanilla protein powder - 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter) - 1 TBSP - 1/4 cup water (as needed)
Add first three ingredients together very well. Then slowly add in water until the mixture is more consistent. You may need to use your hands to mix up. Then spread mixture out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Put a thin layer of peanut butter on top and then sprinkle with shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or dried blueberries on top if you want! Refrigerate for 3 hours. Remove and cut in to squares. Keep refrigerated.