Out of curiosity (and a little boredom) I spent last evening looking up recipes for protein bars. Not that I eat them all the time, but they’re a nice meal replacement option if you’re in a hurry or want a little boost before working out. A lot of the recipes I found are set in the fridge (and, actually, a lot of them seem to simply be granola bar recipes with scoops on protein powder added. The more adventurous ones have egg whites in them, but my fear of salmonella infections prevents me from touching those), so you just mix everything together, put it in the fridge, and that’s that.
I gave the one that looked the easiest and fastest to make a shot yesterday and they taste okay, but considering the time spent making them I wonder if a glass of milk with protein powder, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a cup of oatmeal wouldn’t have done the trick, too. These guys are not very firm and even after packing the bars in aluminum foil it’s still like trying to eat soft cookie dough. (After some research this seems to be a common problem in home-made protein bar circles.) So forget taking them along with you — I can only imagine what happens to them once they get to room temperature.
Anyway, here’s the recipe;
3 cups Oatmeal
½ cup Natural Peanut butter
1 cup Milk
4 scoops Protein Powder
dash of cinnamon
- Mix until a sticky batter is formed (may take a few minutes)
- Use a large spoon to spread out the mix into the bottom of a glass or metal cooking tray (spread until even)
- Put the tray in the fridge overnight and cut into 8 equal bars.
I had one today and they’re not great, but not bad either, just kinda ‘meh’. I guess they’re healthy.