Judge how you will, but this pregnant lady is hungry all the time and I only want to eat three things: cheese sticks, cereal, and frozen waffles with almond butter.
I have them everyday and have to restrain myself from having seconds throughout the day.
I’ve been needing another go-to snack and remembered this awesome no-bake protein bar recipe that Rob found years ago. I made them again about two weeks ago and am in love. IN LOVE. I now eat cheese sticks, cereal, frozen waffles, and protein bars. Look at me shakin’ things up!! 😀
For years I’ve turned to Kind Bars, and the like, as an easy on-the-go snack. However, they are expensive, and don’t seem to fill me up for very long. These homemade protein bars are saving me some cash-o-la, are super easy to make, and are keeping me happy between meals.
I’ve been digging these so much, that the last batch I made was a double recipe. For convenience, I cut them into squares and put them in baggies ahead of time. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m less likely to eat something if I actually have to take a whole pan out of the fridge, cut a square, and put it on a plate. Silly? Yes. But this reality has made me aware that I need to make things as convenient as possible for myself.
A note on this recipe before you dive in: the texture really is dictated by the type of protein powder you use. Some powders leave the dough a bit dry, so you’ll need to add more of the wet ingredients (almond milk, applesauce, or honey). Other powders leave the dough very moist, which makes it a bit sticky, and therefore, a little less easy to eat on-the-go.
I recommend mixing all the ingredients and decide how the dough looks to you. If it seems dry, add wet, and vice versa. Then refrigerate. It may take a try or two to get the texture just right with the type of protein you’re using.
That’s really the trickiest part. Everything else is über easy! So, here we go: No-bake protein bars to the rescue!
NO-BAKE PROTEIN BARS
- 2 cups Quick Oats
- 1 cup Protein Powder chocolate or vanilla flavor (I use whey powder)
- 1/4 cup Slivered Almonds or Crushed Peanuts
- 1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 T Cinnamon Powder
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup Honey (or less, depending on how sweet you like them)
- 1/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup Applesauce
- 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate (chucks or chips melted)
- 1 t Vanilla Extract
Stir together the dry ingredients. In a pot on the stove, melt and stir together the wet ingredients. When fully melted, mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Place dough in a 8x8ish size pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
And that’s it!! Enjoy!! 😀