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Friday, February 7, 2014

How to make a delicious protein bar that tastes like a cookie.

Despite my excessive milk drinking (~2+ gallons/wk) I often crave additional protein, even after meat-rich meals. I've found a few protein bars recently that are quite tasty, but they all seem to retain that factory-fresh-oh,no,wait-preserved aftertaste to accompany the long list of chemical ingredients.

I realize I often satisfy off-hour snack/protein needs with an assembled medley of ingredients (e.g. nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, aforementioned protein bars), none of which seem adequate alone. The closest I've found to a satisfying protein/snack bar, is Sparrow Market's everything but the kitchen sink cookie (oatmeal, nuts, fruit, chocolate, yum).

So I've been toying with the idea of making a soylent-esque food bar.

Today's attempt produced such a delicious product that I thought I'd share the recipe. It still needs a lot of work to increase the nutrition content, but it tastes as good as a cookie and uses very little sugar and no flour. Let me know if you have suggestions for the next iteration.

mighty and delicious, almost cookie-like, irresistible protein enhanced bar

[Mission Statement]
To create a delicious, healthy (nutritionally balanced; low: sugar/simple carbs, high: ORAC, omega-3, & fiber) snack bar that's easy/fast and relatively cheap to make.
Attempt 2 - 2/7/2014 Taste: A- Nutrition: B-

- 1/2tsp salt
- 2tb sugar
- 1 1/2c oats
- 1tbsp dutch hot cocoa mix
- 1/4c choc protein powder
- 1 cup magic-bulleted nuts (1/3c e/ of walnuts, pecans, almonds)
- 1.5 bars hershey's dark chocolate
-1/2 cup halved dried cherries, cut in halves

- combine above, pour into a 12x12" pan
(tip: microwave/soften the butter, banana, coconut oil, almond butter)
- 350 degrees for ~30 mins, until a tooth pick comes out clean
- 3 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla
- 1 ripe banana (microwaved)
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 3tbsp honey
- 3tbsp butter
- 1tbs of maple syrup
- 2tbsp almond butter

Nutrition Info (/bar)
11.7g (4.2g)
Carbs(fiber, sugar)
18g (2.5g, 7.7g)

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