- Tastes delicious
- Does not cost as much as a dozen eggs
- Does not contain caloric, processed sweeteners
- Does not contain artificial ingredients
- Contains only REAL, whole ingredients
- Has exactly what I love inside it
The ingredients for NINE squares cost $4.50. I love money-math. I divided the total cost of an ingredient (ex: sunflower seed butter) by the portion I used of it. That’s 50 cents per bar, friends. WIN!
Most bars get a grade of “C” from me, and I’m not settling for mediocrity when it comes to food. Or anything else, really. While there are a couple brands of protein bars I recommend (Think Thin and Quest), I decided to make my own. My first experiment was adapted from No Meat Athlete, and they give a very helpful formula for make-your-own bars. I highly recommend checking it out.
Before I give you the recipe, I will clarify these are what I call an “Energy” bar and not a “Protein bar” because they are not low-carb. However, they’re full of fiber-rich carbs and those are the ideal kinds of carbs.
Cut into 9 squares. Each square provides 150 calories, 7.5 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber.
1.5 c. of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 c. oats
1/4 c. sunflower seed butter (available at Trader Joe’s)
1/4 c. pistachios
1/2 c. dried cherries, chopped
2 large dates, chopped
1 scoop unsweetened vanilla whey protein (equal to 18 grams of protein)
1/4 c. water
1 T. Stevia
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
NOTE: You can make substitutions. For example, use almond butter rather than sunflower seed butter, or use a mashed banana instead of dates.
- Place beans, sunflower seed butter, chopped dates, Stevia, cinnamon, sea salt and water in the food processor. Blend very well. Add more water if it is too thick.
- Add oats, protein, pistachios and dried cherries and blend again. If you only have a small food processor, you can combine the first and second batches of ingredients together with a large spoon in a mixing bowl.
- Spread in a lightly greased or sprayed small, square baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cut into 9 squares.