The LiveFit Trainer recommends homemade protein bars as snack options which I appreciate since the kinds you buy in store can be loaded with sugar (ie a candy bar with some protein!).  I’ve made Jamie Eason’s recipes before and they are good, no doubt.  I also used to make a lot of recipes from April at Foods of April.  I haven’t made any homemade bars in so long but took to experimenting Monday night!

I took recipes from each and modified them to create sugar-free delicious protein bars.

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars

Modified from Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Protein Bars

Makes: 16 small bars (serving size 2 bars)

Ingredients:

1 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 cup quick cook rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup egg whites
1 15-oz can of pumpkin
2 scoops protein powder (I used peanut butter whey)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond breeze

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.  In bowl, combine ingredients.

3. Pour into 9 x 13 dish sprayed with non-stick spray.

4. Bake 35 minutes.  Let cool and cut into bars.

Per small bar: 63 calories, 9 g carbs, 5 g protein and 86% of your Vitamin A Smile

Per serving: 126 calories, 17 g carbs, and 10 g protein

 

Mine turned out a little mushy (which I kinda like) but I only baked them for 30 minutes so 35 should give you firmer bars.

 

Now onto something chocolaty!

 

Protein Brownie Muffins

Based off of April’s Protein Brownie Bars

Makes: 8 muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 cup quick cook rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup egg whites
1/2 cup water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

3.  Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray and divide batter to make 8 muffins.

4. Cook for 25 minutes.

Per muffin: 86 calories, 11 carbs, and 8.5 grams of protein

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These protein bars and muffins are great to take as a snack or to have as a dessert or night-time treat!  I like to top mine with coconut oil or peanut butter.

And on a completely random side note…here is a song I heard yesterday at the gym that is a good addition to your workout playlist..Fireball by Willow Smith and Nicki Minaj.  LOVE Nicki Minaj and how cool is Willow for a 11 year old!!

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Have any good songs you’ve been rocking out to lately?


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