I used to have the hardest time finding a breakfast that not only kept me full until lunch, but also was something I was willing to eat every day. I don’t love a savory breakfast, don’t ask me why because I LOVE eggs for dinner, so I was mostly choosing to eat oatmeal in different variations until that got boring.
Throughout my research over the years trying to find this mystery meal, I started to incorporate protein powder into my breakfasts. I found a recipe for a homemade protein bar and tried it out. While that first protein bar wasn’t a home run, I changed the recipe a little here and there over the years to make it what it is today – my favorite breakfast that I actually crave. These bars are not too sweet (but still chocolatey), actually keep me full, and are exactly what I am looking for in the morning. Please remember that I am not a nutritionist and this is not medical advice, just my opinion & a homemade recipe.
Carolyn’s Favorite Protein Bars
This recipe makes 9 bars
9 Scoops Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder – Chocolate
1 cup oats
1 cup high fiber cereal – I used Kashi Go Lean
1/2 cup almonds
3 Tablespoons chia seeds
5 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
4 LEVEL Tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 – 2 cups water
Mix all the dry ingredients together so they are evenly distributed. Add the peanut butter and 1 cup water. Start mixing making sure to spread the peanut butter evenly among the rest of the batter. Slowly add more water a few tablespoons at a time and mix until there is no dry protein powder left. You may not use an entire 2nd cup of water, the amount of water you use will change depending on slight variations of dry ingredients. The batter will be VERY thick and should not be too watery. I usually have to push and smear the peanut butter a little to help distribute it.
Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish or pan with non-stick spray. Press all of the batter into the dish compacting it down and leveling the top. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Once solid, cut into 9 equal pieces and enjoy! Keep refrigerated.
Variations: You can change a lot in this recipe such as using walnuts or pecans for your nuts, almond butter instead of peanut butter or a different cereal or protein powder flavor. If you don’t like the flavor at first, add more or less of what you like or don’t like!
After doing the math I came up with the following approximate nutritional figures per bar based only on the recipe as written above:
Calories – 267
Protein – 25.7g
Fiber – 8.27g