Weight-Loss Protein Bars / Fruit Bars

Total Time
1hr
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

My 3yo calls them Fruit Bars. A base recipe for a moist tasty health bar that doesn't taste like a candy bar. For the protein powder I use Carb Solutions High Protein Shake Mix, vanilla. It can be hard to find but tastes wonderful.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 apple, unpeeled, diced, any type
  • 12 ounces Mori-Nu extra firm lite tofu (349g)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 (1 g) packets Splenda quick packs
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 8 scoops protein shake mix, Carb Solutions, vanilla (4 servings)
  • 1 cup oatmeal, not instant
  • 1 cup Fiber One cereal, original
  • 4 tablespoons raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray an 9x13 pan with oil and coat with oatmeal flour (oatmeal finely ground, I made mine in the blender).
  3. Mix the apple, tofu, splenda and egg whites in a blender. Mix well. Small lumps are fine and adds texture.
  4. Pour into a bowl. Add in the protein powder, dried fruit and waterchestnuts, stir. Add oatmeal and Fiber One, stir well. Batter should be very thick and lumpy.
  5. Spoons into coated pan (see step 2), and press into the corners and flat with a spoon.
  6. Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Monitor closely! Oven temps vary! Tofu hardens upon cooling. They are better underdone rather than over.
  8. Let cool completely in the pan then cut into 12 bars. These are dense bars, and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight plastic container.
  9. VARIATIONS: CHOCOLATE: sub raisins and vanilla protein mix, add chocolate protein powder and 1/4 c Hershey powder. PUMPKIN: sub raisins and apple, add 1 cup solid pack pumpkin and 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice. LEMON: sub raisins , add 1 tbs lemon zest and 2 tbs juice.
  10. Dried Fruit Suggestions: blueberries, pineapple, apple, prunes, strawberries, etc. Have fun!

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