Scott’s Homemade Protein Bars
Recently, Scott revamped his gym routine a bit and began focusing more on body building. This of course, involves lots of pumping iron and a fair bit of dietary supplements; Protein shakes and bars playing an important muscle-building role. So, since I love to feature some of Scott’s own foodie creations here, I suggested he look into make some homemade protein bars. It actually was quite easy, consisting of only a few ingredients, but with the flexibility to add any variety of dried fruits and nuts (or chocolate chips!) you’d like. These came out surprisingly tasty, somewhere between a brownie and banana nut bread. If you’re active they’re a pretty healthy snack considering they’re low in empty carbs and sugar and every ingredient in them is pretty nutrient-packed. However, since they are built for power, they’re not exactly low in calories. So, enjoy and get sweatin!
- 2 Bananas, mashed with a fork
- 2 Egg Whites, beaten
- 1 1/4 Cup Milk
- 3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (we use all natural)
- 3 Cups Uncooked Oatmeal
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder
- 140 grams Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 TBSP Honey
- 1/4 Cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Dash of Cinnamon
- 2.25 ounces chopped hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together the bananas, egg whites, milk, peanut butter and honey. In a small bowl, mix together the protein powder, oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add to banana mixture and beat until blended. Mix in chocolate chips. Spread evenly into a greased 2.2 Quart baking dish and top with hazelnuts and press into batter. Bake for about 35 minutes.