Seriously Good Protein Bars—Homemade!

April 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

I was making my Half-Whole Wheat Bread this morning, and since I had the Kitchen-Aid mixer out I thought, why not make some protein bars? We’re exercising a bit more and have cut down on our meat eating, so it’s a good idea to have additional sources of protein for those oh-my-god-I-wanna-eat-a-horse moments.

Yeah, I like those packaged protein bars – especially those Odwalla bars (mmmm….LOVE the carrot cake ones!). But a) they get kinda expensive and b) they aren’t as healthy as you think. full of sugar and all that.

So, when I saw Alton Brown make protein bars on Good Eats, I was all over it. Here’s the recipe with my minor alterations:

Alton Brown’s Protein Bars

4 oz soy protein powder – about a cup

2.25 oz oat bran – about 1/2 cup

2.75 oz whole wheat flour – about 1/2 cup

0.75 oz wheat germ – about 1/4 cup

1/2 tsp kosher salt

dried fruit – his recipe calls for 1/2 cup each of raisins, cherries, blueberries, apricots. I just use 2 cups of any dried fruit.

1 package silken tofu

1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice (do your best to find something along these lines)

4 oz brown sugar, about 1/2 cup packed

2 large whole eggs

2/3 cup natural peanut butter

-Line bottom of 13 b 9 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper. Or, just spray with Pam-like substance.

-Heat to 350F. I turn mine up to 375F.

-In large mixing bowl, combine protein powder, oat bran, wheat flour, wheat germ and salt. Set aside.

-In the bowl of a Kitchen-Aid mixer, whisk the tofu with the whisk attachment. Add apple juice, brown sugar, eggs and peanut butter, each one separately. Make sure  everything’s incorporated. Change to the paddle attachment and add in the flour.

-Take bowl off mixer. Add dried fruit and mix in with a wooden spoon. Pour into glass dish. Spread around evenly.

-Bake about 35 minutes, until internal temp is 205F. Remove and let cool. Cut into squares. Store in airtight container. Best to keep in fridge because these can get a bit moldy otherwise.

-Chop up your dried fruit so it’s all about the size of raisins. Set aside.

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