After last night’s big dinner, I’ve decided to adopt a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to maintain the healthy lifestyle for 1 week starting today. Instead of bragging about how I’ve maintained my healthy lifestyle for the past 14 hours (8 of them involved sleeping), I’ll share this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars.
These are not fortified with vitamins like a South Beach Meal Replacement or Zone bars, but I think they’d make a pretty decent breakfast accompanied by a multivitamin and some fruit. They taste good — kind of like a healthy chocolate chip cookie bar. You can taste the soy protein, but it’s not unpleasant at all.
Chocolate Chip Protein Bars — Adapted From Molli Katzen’s Sunlight Café
1 cup soy protein powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar — (1/2 to 2/3)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt, nonfat
1/2 cup peanut butter)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg white (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F (325F for glass pan). Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking pan and 1 baking sheet with nonstick spray. You’ll be baking the bars in the dish, then cutting them and baking them again on the sheet.
Mix together the protein powder, flour, oats, oat bran, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Crumble in brown sugar, rubbing it with your fingers to break up any clumps. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Combine the yogurt, oil, and vanilla into a second bowl, stirring until well combined. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and mix until thoroughly blended. It will be thick, so use your hands.
Transfer the mixture to the pan, patting it evenly into place with your hands. Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and cut into bars. Place the bars on the prepared baking sheet and bake for another 12-15 minutes, or until golden around the edges. (For extra-crunchy bars, turn off the oven and leave them in there for up to 45 minutes longer.) Remove the bars from the oven and place them on a rack to cool.
Eat the bars within a few hours, or put them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer.