Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Perfect Protein Breakfast Bar: Take 1

So my brother and I both work out moderately, and he's decided he wants to try out for the wrestling team in the fall so it's time to build some muscle. So after buying 10 pounds of whey protein, we decided we'd make the ultimate breakfast protein bar.

This was our first try which came out pretty dry. So we modified the recipe and added more milk. This time they came out like a cake!

I'd recommend a mixer. 

  • 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal 
  • 150g protein powder (preferrably chocolate flavored, but feel free to experiment and let me know how it turns out)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce or 1/3 - 1/2 cup of brown sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.
Crack the eggs into the mixer and beat them until fluffy.
Add in the milk. Mix for about a minute.
Add the protein powder, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, salt. Mix well for about a minute.
Add in the sugar or applesauce. Mix for about a minute.
Add in the peanut butter, sugar/applesauce, and honey. Mix for about a minute.
Add in the oatmeal and mix up until uniform. 

Take a tray about 13" x 9" and pour the batter into the pan and smooth it out with spatula. 
Pop into the oven for about 11 minutes.
*Be very careful with the timing. There is about a 1 minute window between when it's perfectly cooked and dried out. As soon as the surface looks like a brownie (all shiny and a bit dried out), take it out of the oven.

Divide into 16 bars. Each has about 150 calories, 15g carbs, and 19.5g protein. Happy eating.