Monday, February 20, 2012

Make It Yourself Monday: Oatmeal Protein Bars

I decided to try my hand at protein bars, as my stash of "free after Register Reward" from Walgreens stash has dwindled away. I googled a few recipes, and decided to use this one as my guide. I ended up changing the amounts quite a bit, so I will list my final recipe for you below. They turned out great! Although the calories are higher than I would like. Next time I will find ways to lighten this up.

I used Arboone protein powder - I find this way too sweet for shakes, so was looking for a way to use up my ginormous tub of it! It tasted a bit too sweet before it was cooked, but I didn't notice it after.

Lots of ingredients here! I ended up leaving out the dates. Next time I will leave them in and omit the honey.

Dry Ingredients in the bowl

Mix together peanut butter, yogurt, coconut oil, and honey. This was tasty as is!

Added chocolate chips and protein powder to my dry mix

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Taste. I thought it was too sweet due to the protein powder, but when it was cooked, I didn't notice it.

Bake, taste, yum


3 cups oats (Quaker oatmeal, old-fashioned)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes (recipe called for unsweetened, this was all I had)
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 serving (2 scoops) Arbonne vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
4 tbsp hemp seeds

6 oz Chobani 0% Greek yogurt
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil (microwaved to liquid)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix together wet ingredients in another bowl. Mix them together.

Bake in the oven @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. They were just starting to get brown around the edges.

Nutrition stats: makes 12 bars, 315 calories, 17 grams fat, 11 grams protein. Holy moly! Not a great mix, although all the fat is coming from healthy sources with a good dose of Omega 3/6 in there. I think there is some tweaking that can be done here to bring the calorie count down.

These did have that satisfying oatmeal cookie flavor. My favorite part was the crunchiness around the edges! I didn't enter the recipe into a calorie counter before hand - so now I know why I didn't want any dinner after trying one of these!

1 comment:

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

Those look good! I never thought to make my own protein bar but I bet they are way better for you!