Prep 30 mins
Cook 35 mins
These are super healthy protein bars that I saw on the Food Network. I've made my own few adjustments but all in all these bars have more protein and less sugar than anything you can buy. AND, once you've bought all of the bulk ingrediants (wheat flour, wheat germ, oat bran etc.) each batch is relatively inexpensive. They originally had dried fruit in them but i've omitted that. Hope you enjoy them!
- 1 cup powdered soy protein concentrate
- 1⁄2 cup oat bran
- 1⁄2 cup wheat flour
- 1⁄4 cup wheat germ
- 12 1⁄3 ounces soft silken tofu
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup egg substitute (can use real eggs)
- 2⁄3 cup natural-style peanut butter
- olive oil flavored cooking spray
- Line the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly coat with canola oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, oat bran, wheat flour and wheat germ.
- In a third mixing bowl, whisk the tofu until smooth. Add the apple juice, brown sugar, eggs, and peanut butter, 1 at a time, and whisk to combine after each addition. Add this to the protein powder mixture and stir well to combine. Fold in the dried fruit. Spread evenly in the prepared baking dish and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees F. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
I make my version of these snacks every Sunday. I noticed that I liked the lightly browned "crust" more than the rest, so now I oil my hands and roll the dough into 1-2 inch balls before baking. We call these "protein bubbles". I've also experimented with various juices... even mashing up a banana or two instead of the sugar. YUM!