I actually started with our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for this one. I ended up adding several things, and by the time it was all said and done had a VERY yummy cake like textured cookie, rather than a typical 'bar'. However, they were so delicious, I think I'll still call this one a keeper! They are very portable as muffins, and I did bake some in mini loaf tins, with a very shallow amount of batter and those turned out more "bar like" but wouldn't hold up the way a typical protein bar would. My hubby took these to work with him this week and loved them.
- 1 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 cups agave nectar
- 5 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 cups blended oatmeal
- 1 cup plain old fashioned oats
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup wheat germ *optional
- 1 cup protein powder (I used French Vanilla)
- 1 cup chopped, blanched almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped blueberries (I used frozen berries, thawed and drained first)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds *optional
|My mini loaf pan "protein bar"|
Blend together wet ingredients, add dry ingredients and mix well.
Bake at 350 for... well depending on the form you use:
I actually preferred these in cookie form (rolled 1 inch balls and baked for about 8 minutes)
My hubby liked the 'bar' form because it was easy to grab and go (mini loaf pan for about 9-10 minutes)
The mini muffins... not so much. I much preferred the loaf or cookie form. The muffins were too.. hard.
The kids ate them all, regardless, even the pan I burned.
What I'd do differently next time:
MORE BERRIES... I would at LEAST double the berries. Actually, since we're going on a little road trip today, I plan on making another batch to take with us... since all of my rotten children gobbled these all up in one day. I might also try adding more protein powder. I loved the nuttiness of the almonds and all the different crunchy textures, so I might add some more of this and that, too. I'll let you know!
I'll also not bother with any muffins, and just make cookies and bars!
I will also try more varieties:
Cranberries and Almonds
Bananas and walnuts
strawberries and our berry protein powder
Raisins & leave more of the oats unblended
Any other ideas?