Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
I found this recipe on a web site for bodybuilders appropriately named, Bodybuilding.com This is a good post-workout snack, or mid-day snack for those people who are on the go.
- 1⁄2 cup skim milk
- 1 cup natural-style peanut butter or 1 cup low-fat peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1⁄4-1 1⁄2 cups of whey protein powder (I use vanilla, but I'm sure chocolate would work too)
- 2 cups dry uncooked oatmeal (not quick cooking kind)
- Combine PB, honey and milk in a pot.
- Warm over low heat.
- Add the protein powder and mix well.
- Add the oats.
- You don't want to cook it, just warm it through so you can stir it.
- Add more milk if it is too thick to stir.
- Press in a 9" x 13" pan.
- Let the bars sit until cool, and cut into 16 equal sized bars.
- Wrap each bar in foil or Saran wrap and store in plastic baggies.
- They do not need refrigeration.
I added extra honey per another commenter and the taste is WAY better than store bought protein bars. WAY better! And SO easy! I made these for my boyfriend to save some money since protein bars are ridiculously expensive. He said they were as good as the protein bars he buys. I only made half a batch and used a bread pan to spread them in so they'd be thick enough. My only comment otherwise is for those looking for a 20+ gram serving of protein: Per the protein powder mix nutrient info, to consume a sufficient amount of protein,we will cut the bars into eight servings since each bar contains about half a scoop of protein powder and my body building boyfriend thinks a serving should be at least 20 grams.
This is a great recipe, both for taste and ease of making. I have just finished making my third batch, and have tinkered with the recipe each time...it lends itself well to variations. I love the combination of chocolate with nuts, so I have added 1/4 cup of sifted cocoa powder to the vanilla whey, and added 4 packets of Equal to sweeten the cocoa. I also toasted the oatmeal for about 8 minutes at 350F to enhance the flavour prior to adding it to the liquids. This mix required about another 1/3 cup of milk, probably because of the cocoa. Because my daughter has a peanut allergy, I used crunchy almond butter, and added a capful of almond extract to the milk. My family like this version of the power bars best, but there is great scope to make different flavours every time, using this recipe as a base. My advice is to refrigerate the bars if they won't be eaten in a short time...my first batch went mouldy.
Love, love, love these! What a great recipe. The perfect mid-afternoon snack with a glass of water. I added sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins and cinnamon. It's a recipe you can adjust however you like. Thank you for a wonderful recipe...I will make this all of the time!