Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

When I am watching my sugar and carb intake that's when I really get a hankering for starchy foods... these are full of protein and & with their cake like texture, they suffice my starchy cravings! Best of all, they are much cheaper than the protein bars you buy at the store! Can I get a heck yeah?!!

2 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder
8 tbsp of peanut butter (I use a brand called Naturally More, it's higher in protein & fiber & is full of flax seeds. Any protein would work here though)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp melted butter (coconut oil would be a great substitute here!)
1/4 cup almond milk (again, use whatever milk suits your needs)
1 tsp butter extract (vanilla would be fine too. Use whatever flavor extract you prefer. Maple would be good too!)
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 packet of stevia sweetener (use whatever sweetener suits your needs) 
1/2 cup grated apple 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 glass dish with parchment paper-or spray with non-stick spray & set aside. In a med-large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except apples and beat until well combined. Fold in grated apples. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The top will seem quite dry and weird spongy-like, but the bars are fantastically moist from the apple! Cut into bars & store in fridge. Here's to happy & healthy eating!!

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