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Make your own protein bars…under 20mins., flat!
There are so many brands and types of protein bars to choose from. Who has time to read the ingredients, look at the sugar content or even check out actually how much protein is in a single bar. That’s where we come into the mix, we want to give you the straight goods on what to look for and even perhaps make your own. Protein bars essentially are pretty much classified as a supplement. A supplement simply is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. We take supplements when we need to feed our body with something it either lacks, or enhance fitness levels. However, nowadays we tend to supplement for the need rather than for necessity!
The key things to look for in a nutritional protein bar:
- No preservatives
- Made using whole foods
- Adequate protein content that is right for you
- Low calories, cholesterol, fat and sugars
Protein & You.
Also don’t forget about knowing your consumption of protein vs. your body type. Check out our protein calculator and find out how much protein you should be consuming.
Aside from always purchasing and testing the waters on different bars, try and make your own. Now let’s look at the benefits to making your own bars:
- Your choice of flavour
- Your choice of ingredients, whole foods
- You know exactly whats inside
- Many more times healthier
- Very cost efficient
- Takes only 15-20 mins to prepare (must be left to sit in freezer to harden, can make in bulk)
Make Your Own.
Now to know how to make your own bars follow the instructions below, results may vary depending on what you decide to throw in the mix:
Recipe for egomagonline.com’s Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
How long do they take to prepare? 20mins max (1-3 hrs to settle & harden)
How many Servings? 15 bars
- 1 1/2 cup Oats
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (can supplement with WET ripe fruit)
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup of chopped nuts and/or seeds (almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans etc…)
- 3 scoops of Whey Protein Powder (your choice of flavour)
- 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 scoop of powdered Maca
- *For added sweet flavour add 1/3 Tsp of powder Stevia*
- 1 Ripe mashed fruit (banana, berries etc…)
- 1/2 cup Agave nectar or honey
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (almond, cashew or other supplement)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- In two separate mixing bowls; combine chopped DRY ingredients in one and WET in the other. Mix separately, may require light blending.
- Combine WET ingredients with DRY, and mix thoroughly.
- Pour mixture into flat baking dish lined with waxed paper and flatten evenly
- Place dish in freezer for 1-3 hours until mixture hardens.
- Remove from freezer and cut into desired shape and size. should make approx. 15 bars.
- Can be stored in freezer, cover properly to prevent freezer burn.
Submitted by: Michael de Freitas