One of my staple foods, besides cheese, is bars. Granola bars, nut bars, fig bars, you name it. They're just so easy, and I fancy them a healthy snack choice. I've added protein bars to the bar repertoire, though they taste like frozen chalk blocks half the time. When I'm in a training cycle or climbing more than usual, I like to up my protein intake to make sure I'm fueling my body for full recovery.
While I aim to get the vast majority of those grams from real, whole foods, I'm not opposed to incorporating protein powder into my diet. There's a lot of great brands these days that make their powders from whole foods. (I make my protein bars with Bone Broth powder.) Each bar offers about 10 grams of protein.
Homemade Protein Bars
What You'll Need
1 C Dates, soaked in water for at least an hour so you don't cause your food processor to smoke like I did
1/2 C Oats
1/2 C Almond Butter
1/3 C Protein Powder
1/4 C Cocoa Powder
1 T Chia Seeds (optional; extra--guess what?--yep, protein and some calcium, too, which is like, whatever, compared to protein)
1 t Cinnamon (apparently good for inflammation)
1 t Vanilla
1/4 t Salt
What You'll Do
1. Put oats in food processor and let 'er rip until the oatmeal becomes more meal than oat. I left my "flour" on the chunky side. Place oatmeal-meal in a separate bowl.
2. Now it's the dates' turn, which requires stopping the processor on occasion and using a spatula to scrap the date puree down so the goo is as uniformly gooish as possible.
3. Now I just added all the things, from the oatmeal-meal to the salt, and let the processor do its magic. 'Cause seriously, it's magic, and if you don't own a food processor YOU NEED TO BUY ONE ASAP.
4. Okay, now take that giant ball of protein bar dreams and flatten it into a pan. I used an 8 X 8 brownie dish.
5. Place dish filled with SDEPDTDSSM protein bars in the freezer and do your thing for a half hour while they set.
6. Cut into squares and wrap separately. I used baking parchment paper and shipping tape, but foil, plastic bags, etc.. will do the trick. I also made little labels for mine 'cause I'm a FREAK for stamps and I use them whenever possible. Keep the bars in the refrigerator.