|diy protein bars
||[May. 12th, 2004|08:30 am]
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Does anyone here make their own protein / energy bars?
I've been making variations on this recipe:http://vegweb.com/food/snacks/4431.shtml
I have quite a few food allergies, and many of the bars in the stores contain ingredients I am allergic to. Plus they are expensive.
I'm not 100% sure what a protein/energy bar is, but I make a sort of chewy granola bar by mixing assorted homemade granola, flaked/puffed cereals, dried fruit and nuts together and binding with honey and peanut butter. They're very tasty for lunchboxes and in the summer they're great because you can make them without turning the oven on.
How are those taste-wise? I started making my own protein bars about a year ago, because the store-bought varieties are not only expensive, but so... plasticky-tasting. I've tried about a dozen recipes, and only came up with one that I like. Fortunately, it's a simple and inexpensive one, but the same recipe gets old after a while.
(Recipe: Melt together 2 tablespoons peanut butter and 2 tablespoons margarine in the microwave. Mix in 1/4 cup splenda (or sugar) and 1/4 tsp vanilla. Add 1/3 cup soy flour/powder, a little at a time, till it forms a doughy ball. Knead a little, split into 4 even portions, shape as desired and chill. Tastes kind of like unbaked peanut butter cookies.)
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I agree on the plasticity. Plus they are extremely expensive; most of the affordable ones (i.e. whole foods' verve bars) have oats, which I am technically allergic to.
The last batch I made came out ok; the main protein sources were soy nut butter, soy protein powder, and quinoa flour. However, I discovered that I need to put some sort of starchy binding element (like rice) in there or else it wreaks havoc on my digestive system.
I'd like to try a recipe that isn't as peanut-butter-centric; like lemon-cranberry or something.
Quinoa flour is great because it has a lot of protein. Maybe you could also make gingerbread using quinoa powder.