Homemade Protein YUM Bars

I seriously love to eat.

If my waistline would cooperate, I would be eating constantly. Alas, my tastebuds are faster than a cheetah and my metabolism is slower than a sloth.

This misaligned combination results in me smelling my husband’s food. He loves me, so he lets me sniff away.

Even in public.

My all time favorite meal of the day is breakfast, with the post work out meal coming in at a photo finish second. After I train I tell myself to shower before eating my next meal.

If there was a ‘Fastest showering Woman on the Planet‘ award, I would win hands down.

What post workout meal could be so tasty that armpit shaving is only done under dire circumstances?

Protein *YUM* Bars

My fabulous coach shared her recipe for homemade protein bars and I couldn’t come up with a better name than *YUM* because that is what I say every morning at 8:17 when I start chowing down on them.

Chocolate AND peanut butter, need I say more?

Now that you’re drooling, here is the recipe.

Its time to get your *YUM* bake on!

Gather all the ingredients.

homemade protein bars

Lots of ingredients, but mere moments to make!

  • 1/2 cup quick oats (6/30/3)
  • 1/2 cup coconut water (.2/.5./2.5) or you can use skim milk (1/6.5/0)
  • 1 cup egg whites (28/0/0)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops Diet Doc Belgian Chocolate protein powder (41/11/8)
  • 1/2 cup granulated splenda (I omit because I don’t use sweeteners or sugar)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (8/8/12)
  • 2 tbsp whole what flour (1/12/0)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (2/6/1)
  • 3/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp natural chunky peanut butter (15/15/40)
  • Cooking spray

Then put them together for supreme yumminess.

  1. Preheat oven  to 350°F. Spray an 8×8″ pan with cooking oil spray.
  2. In a microwave  safe bowl, combine oats and coconut water or milk; cook for 60 seconds. Stir and allow to cool; mix in egg whites and vanilla.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whey protein, Splenda, flaxseed, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add oatmeal mixture to dry ingredients; mix just until everything is moist. Spread batter in pan.
  5. Place peanut butter in microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds or until melted.  Spoon peanut butter over batter in pan and swirl with knife tip.
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes (make sure fully baked before removing); allow to cool completely before cutting into 6 bars. Wrap each individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer or refrigerator. Unwrap and microwave 30 seconds to warm.

Macros for 1/6 of pan or one bar made with coconut water: 17 pro, 14 carb, 10.5 fat, 219 cals

homemade protein bars

They turn into a tasty brownie with pockets of nut butter baked right in. *YUM* indeed!

Some fun ‘add ons‘ are coconut, instant coffee, and chocolate chips….but you have to add the macros in and adjust accordingly!

I pull one out of the freezer at 4:30 in the morning when I take the first sip of coffee, throw it into my Core bag, and its thawed just enough for me to chow down on by the time I’m done training!

homemade protein bars

Yes. I eat and put on mascara. I am a very talented woman, what can I say?

Yummers!

This is such a good solution for me! I love to eat, it is in my ‘macro zone’, there are no unpronounceable ingredients, and the price is right.

I am going to toy with a latte bar recipe next. If it turns out it will turn up on the blog, of that I am sure!

What is your favorite *YUM* bar recipe?

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Comments

  1. These look fabulous. How do you find the consistency?

    In the past the homemade protein bars I’ve tried to make have either crumbled and fallen apart, or have been so oily I could wring them like a tea towel!

    I went through a phase last year of making special treats like this but couldn’t resist eating everything I made. Healthy cookies won’t help you lose weight if you eat 2,000 calories worth of them in addition to normal meals…ooops.

    • They are perfect! I think it helps that you cook the oats in the microwave for a minute before you bake them. They are a brownie consistency and not oily at all! I like the pockets of peanut butter that you get from cutting it into the batter right before they go in the oven.

      I let the pan cool, cut into 6, wrap them up individually in saran wrap, and pop them in the freezer. It takes a lot more work to eat frozen things. 😀

      If you try them, let me know.

    • “Healthy cookies won’t help you lose weight if you eat 2,000 calories worth of them in addition to normal meals…ooops.”

      HAHAHA 😀

    • @bikiniorbust Mmmmm pockets of peanuts butter….*drools* I’m keeping my oats low right now as off training due to illness. But when I return these are going in the oven.

      @Faith Yeah, easy mistake to make :/

  2. These look awesome! I’ve only made protein bars twice before, and they were horrible! They didn’t look anything like this though. I’m always super excited for breakfast. Anyone who stands between me and my oatmeal is in trouble 😉

  3. Ok – YUM….these sound delicious. I have not the best tasting choc protein powder though and it never seems to come out right when I use it for anything else than a shake…you think it will be masked by the other ingredients?

    PS – i LOVE freezing brownie style cookies and eating them with coffee so your method is right up my alley!!

  4. OMG I just had to wipe all the drool off my keyboard. I can’t wait to make these in July after my show!!

  5. I made these last night and had one right out of the oven, (meal-time), I was in ooey-gooey heaven.

    I changed to coconut water to coconut milk and peanut butter to almond butter which changed the macros a little, but the result was well appreciated after my tough workout this morning! Thanks for sharing and I love the comedy you bring to the crazy competition world!

  6. Love this! To really up the nutritional content and add some natural medicine for mood, weight loss, etc, I would use raw cacao powder. It’s yummers. I make a shake during the day using almond milk, almond butter, hemp hearts, and raw cacao.

    Raw cacao is not processed. There is not heat used. Therefore it is classified as a superfood!

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