Dads Ultimate Protein Bar

"Our weight lifting boys were eating me out of house and home with energy and protein bars! So after trying 10 - 15 different recipes I combined what I liked and left out what I didnt...with a few twists. The recipe is very simple and versatile. Listed you will see Honey but using Maple Syrup is just as good. Use what ever nut and dried fruit you like. I also mix up chocolate versus Vanilla Soy protein. Hope you enjoy as much as we do."
 
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Ready In:
32mins
Ingredients:
14
Yields:
20 bars
Serves:
20
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ingredients

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directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl (we use a Kitchen Aid) and pulse to mix to a dough like consistency. Transfer mixture to a well buttered 9 x 12 pan. Because mixture is very sticky I wet my hands and roughly mold to the pan. I then place a sheet of cling wrap over the mixture and smooth it out. Remove the wrap and place in an oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, or until the sides just start to appear done. Allow to cool completly before removing from the pan. Cut into bars and enjoy!
  • I ran the nutrition analysis through another program that picked up the few left out here and there are 23 grams of protein in each bar!

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Reviews

  1. I was looking for a homemade (cheaper) replacement for protein bars. My husband loves them; but they are quite pricey. This is a fantastic recipe! We don't care for soy too much, so I had bought garbanzo flour to replace the soy with and then forgot to use it. What I did use was double the whole wheat flour. I used vanilla protein powder and when I went to measure the honey, I got carried away and used nearly a whole cup!!! I didn't think they were too sweet at all, but hubby said to only use the 5/8 cup next time!! I used raisins because that is what I had on hand. I used the tip about the saran wrap. I also lined the pan with foil and buttered that. When they were cooled, I just lifted them out of the pan, peeled off the foil and cut them into bars. They were not too difficult to mix up. I mixed up all the dry ingredients and then stirred in the wet. These are very good; you feel like you are eating "real" food. My biggest complaint with the commercial bars is that you don't really feel satisfied after eating them; i think because they are so processed. I am keeping them in the refrigerator in a covered container. Gary, this is a terrific recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!
     
  2. These bars turned out excellent. I made some changes to get them gluten free - used millet flour instead of wheat and psyllium husks instead of gluten - but otherwise followed to the letter, and they turned out great. DH loves them. For myself I made a batch where I made more changes, but the recipe is very forgiving, even with the other changes they turned out great. Maybe I'll list them in case other gluten, dairy and soy free people want to make these: I used powdered almond milk for the milk, garbanzo flour for the soy flour, almond butter for the peanut butter and hemp protein for the soy protein. This might change the taste, but the texture was not very different. Thanks for posting this recipe! Made for Healthy Choices ABC.
     
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  1. These bars turned out excellent. I made some changes to get them gluten free - used millet flour instead of wheat and psyllium husks instead of gluten - but otherwise followed to the letter, and they turned out great. DH loves them. For myself I made a batch where I made more changes, but the recipe is very forgiving, even with the other changes they turned out great. Maybe I'll list them in case other gluten, dairy and soy free people want to make these: I used powdered almond milk for the milk, garbanzo flour for the soy flour, almond butter for the peanut butter and hemp protein for the soy protein. This might change the taste, but the texture was not very different. Thanks for posting this recipe! Made for Healthy Choices ABC.
     

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Work a great deal but when I am not I like to play in the kitchen and come up with new things...sometimes they work, sometimes they dont...but thats the fun of it!
 
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