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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Homemade Protein Bars

I took THIS RECIPE and adjusted it a bit to create a yummy on the go breakfast for me that cost WAY less then the almost $2/plant based protein bars I have been eating!

If going with 12 servings this bar is 1/2 a serving

¾ cup dry quinoa (or about 2 cups cooked)
1 cup dates, pitted
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
¼ tsp salt
½ cup protein powder (I used unflavored Plant Fusion)
½ cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 baking dish lightly with baking spray. Rinse the dry quinoa in cold water, then let sit in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. In the meantime, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Drain the quinoa and add to the boiling water. Cover, and reduce heat to simmer for about 12 minutes. Let cool enough to handle. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cooked quinoa, dates, honey, vegetable oil, almond extract, and salt. Process until relatively smooth (the quinoa is so small it stays slightly lumpy). In a small bowl, stir together the protein powder, flour, and stir-ins. Fold this dry mixture into wet mixture with a spatula. The dough is very thick, like cookie dough, so use the spatula to press into prepared pan evenly. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, until firm. Let cool, then slice into a dozen bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Makes 12 servings

original recipe calls for flaxseed, I will add this in next time.  3 T

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