Like many families we increased our preparedness in 1999 as the new year drew closer. We expected some disruptions but not the predicted end of society warnings. Looking back, it was an amazing year of discovery in many aspects of our lifestyle. At the same time, I discover many shelf stable products that despite seeming over preparing at the time, have become pantry staples. I learned to make some of them like powdered fruits and vegetables. However, I still buy and use powdered cheese, milks, honey and peanut butter.
chocolate protein bars made with whey protein. The results were promising so I went on to create a peanut butter protein bar. I used a pea protein powder (Sequel Naturals Ltd., Vega Sport) to make these bars. Honestly, I am very impressed with the Vega Sport protein powder. It is only 130 g per 33 g scoop with 25 g protein, a calorie savings over the two whey protein powders I have. The peanut butter protein bars are tasty but still have a slight stickiness. I cut them into smaller bars as well so they could be used as a snack.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
recipe by: Garden Gnome
1 c almond milk
2 scoops (66 g) Vega sport protein powder, vanilla
2 tsp Truvia baking blend
4 tbsp PB2
1½ quick cooking oats
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp peanut butter baking chips
1 tsp chia seeds
Place the oats in food processor bowl. Process until fine, similar to flour. Add Truvia, PB2 and coconut flour. Pulse process to blend. Pour the dry mixture into mixing bowl. Pour most of the milk in and stir, adding just enough of the remaining milk to get the mixture to stick together. Mix to form a ball that cleans the side of the bowl. Place the ball on parchment paper. Flatten and shape into a rectangular block. Place parchment paper with the block on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap. Let chill to set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Cut into bars of desired size. Place the peanut butter baking chips in a small bowl. Melt over another bowl of hot water. Spread over the top of the bars. Sprinkle the bars with chia seeds.
Yield: 12 bars
Nutritional value per bar: 78 calories, 10 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, 6 g protein, 63 mg sodium, 2 g fibre