Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homemade Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

I am always looking for a good homemade protein bar. I found this recipe at vegweb.com and made my own personal substitutions/changes. I substituted oat flour and soy milk, and added a little baking powder. I was very happy with the results. These bars are packed with protein, they are full of flavor, and they have a soft, chewy texture. They would make great snacks before or after a workout, or they could be eaten as a healthy dessert/snack.

I used Nutribiotic Vanilla Rice Protein Powder, which is my favorite protein powder, and it is vegan. I add it to my oatmeal every morning. I am curious to know which protein powders you all use? Do you have a favorite kind? Are there any protein powders that you have tried that you absolutely do not like?

Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

1 cup vanilla rice protein powder
1/2 cup oat flour
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 - 2/3 cup organic sugar
1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
Mix together the protein powder, flour, oats, oat bran, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Add in the sugar and chocolate chips.
Combine the soy milk, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl, stirring well.
Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix until thoroughly blended.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared 9 by 13-inch pan, patting it evenly into place with your hands.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool, and cut into bars of any size.

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43 comments:

Leslie said...

You always make the BEST stuff! I had a rough day and chocolate chip anything looks FANTASTIC... Protein??? all the better!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

Barbara Bakes said...

These protein bars look delicious! I hate paying the high prices for them in the store. I've got some protein powder in the pantry that I need to use up. I never thought to add it to oatmeal. Great tip!

VeggieGirl said...

I drink 2-3 protein shakes EVERY SINGLE DAY; and this is the only protein powder that I will use:


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Anna said...

I think soy protein is pretty good, but I recently lost my taste for whey protein. In fact, I have a canister about 3/4 full that I'm trying to get rid of! Anyone want it? See my latest post for details

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

I've never tried protein powder! how they taste like? I'm really curious! :)

Sharon said...

Oh wow, maybe I should try some protein powder! That is awesome!

abby of Mia Picolli Piaceri said...

Yum! I wanna try this recipe. But my prob is, where can i get rice protein powder? I live in the Phil and I dunno if it's available in our local market. where do u guys get it?

Heather said...

wow! that sounds delicious! and a protein bar means the chocolate is healthy - yay!!

Nick said...

These look excellent. That reminds me, I haven't made my protein bars in forever, I need to get on it!

ttfn300 said...

i could go for one of these right now :)

Not Another Omnivore said...

Fantastic! I should make these...I thought about buying some bars at the store earlier this week...but too expensive, I figure I'll make my own for awhile. And these look like a good possible contender!

NAOmni

Laura said...

The protein bars look great!

shelby said...

WHOA! Those look fantastic! Really. I want one. Now. haha

I love the Soy Chocolate Protein Powder from Whole Foods (it's their brand), but I'm still looking for a vanilla-I'm not sure if they make one of not...

Reeni♥ said...

I love that you make your own protein bars! They look great!

lilveggiepatch said...

YES! You have made me SO HAPPY, because those Hot 'n Healthy bars are my absolute FAVORITE, but not only can I not find them in Minnesota but they're so freaking expensive! I love you, Miss Meg.

5 Star Foodie said...

What a great idea to make your own protein bars - they look absolutely delicious!

Pumpkin said...

Oh, yum! These look great! (Much better than pre-packaged protein bars.)
I haven't tried protein powder before, but I've been thinking about trying it. I like to make smoothies for breakfast, and I think protein powder would help them keep me full longer...

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

What an awesome recipe! I make my own granola bars, but haven't ventured the energy / protein bars yet. It looks so easy!

Nila Rosa said...

I've been looking for a protein bar recipe for awhile now. Were they chewy? or more bread like?

HoneyB said...

These look great! I would love to be having one this morning myself! I think I'm going to try this one!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Yum, these look so scrumptious! I definitely want to make these!

foodsthatfit said...

That is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing! Check out my post about a blogger cookbook, I'd love to have some of your recipes to add to it!

gail said...

mmm! Those look fantastic!!

Priscilla said...

Sounds and looks delicious. Love the protein in it.

stephchows said...

What a fabulous idea! John and I spend wayyy too much money on protein bars. He's super picky about nutritional stats, I'll have to calculate these out and see if he's in to sub these in! We use chocolate protein powder but I'm sure that will make these taste good too! Either way, I'm making them for me to eat!!

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Jack, Judy, and Family said...

I usually spend a lot on protein bars at stores and will try this at home.

Maria said...

The bars look excellent and so do the cupcakes below!

Krista said...

Those bars look fantastic!!!

I've never tried protein powder! I know....I think I may be the only human out there who hasn't! :)

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

i made proetin bars but they are all gooey- im going to give these a try next time!

Kelly Turner
www.everygymsnightmare.com

Jennifer said...

I like Kashi and Designer whey vanilla.

Fitnessista said...

those look incredible! maybe i'll make some this weekend!
thanks so much for posting the recipe
have a great day <3

Anonymous said...

I won't ever buy protein powder, though I have been tempted. I see it as an an unnecessary waste of money. I do like these vars though- look yummy! What can I use instead of canola oil?

Jennifer

Meg said...

Jennifer-
I use protein powder because I tend to eat lots of veggies and grains and don't get enough protein. I try to use only all natural powders.


You can use softened margarine in place of the oil or if you want to use applesauce or mashed bananas you could...it would just make them softer.

Anonymous said...

Meg- thanks for the explanation! As an omnnivore, I def get enough protein.

Thanks for the applesauce idea- about how much applesauce you think to substitute for that amount of canola oil?

Thanks!

Jennifer

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks fabulous! I love that it's got protien, too!

Meg said...

Jennifer- I would substitute the exact same amount of applesauce as oil!

Lori said...

These look so great! So glad to have another bar recipe to add to my list. Thanks!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Those look delicious! I really love the idea of homemade protein bars because they're so much more economical and way better tasting. I've never heard of your protein powder, but that's probably because I live in Lubbock ;) I get the GNC soy kind in chocolate and vanilla and I really like it!

Susan said...

I've been on the lookout for a good protein bar recipe for a while now. I'm bookmarking this one, thanks!!

glidingcalm said...

definitely want to try this!!! :)

lilveggiepatch said...

I finally made these yesterday! V-E-R-Y yummy~

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