I train hard, so I supplement with protein powder, glutamine, and BCAA’s. I do not enjoy drinking protein shakes out of a shaker bottle with water, but for some reason it’s what I’ve always done. I force myself to drink it down as quickly as possible and move on, but I finally got fed up and decided to try something different. These bars were a perect alternative to the “chocolate water” I have been drinking for years and I will be making them often. I have tried a lot of protein powders. Some are ok, and some are unbearable. Sadly, this is one of the unbearably sweet proteins that I have tried. Yes, it is a clean protein that provides some good benefits, low in carbs and no sugar. However, the sugar has been replaced with stevia in this particular powder and it is the sweetest protein I have ever tried.
If you know anything about Stevia extract, you know it is about 25x stronger than sugar and extremely sweet. I can smell Stevia in a recipe even before tasting it and I knew as soon as I opened up this powder that is was going to be intense. That being said, if you like sweet, then this is the protein for you! I can’t handle it, so these bars are a nice alternative and I don’t end up wasting good protein because I can’t stomach the flavor.
Cooking with protein powder is a good way to mix up your routine and still incorporate some extra protein into your diet. The best way to get protein is from food, but sometimes it can be difficult to get as much protein as you need from your diet. I limit myself to one scoop a day and try to get the rest of my protein from the food I eat. You can add the powder to smoothies and shakes, cookies, brownies, granola, oats, yogurt, and many other things.
Protein brownie bars:
2 c oat flour
4 scoops fudge brownie protein (chocolate will work as well)
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/4 c PB2
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2.25 c water
2 tbs cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 8×11 inch baking dish. You can line it with parchment paper so you can lift the bars out as well. This will make clean up easier.
In a food processor, grind 2 cups of rolled oats to make your oat flour.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oat flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, PB2, and salt.
Add the water and whisk until all lumps are gone and it makes a smooth batter.
Pour batter into your prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the raw cacao nibs.
Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until the bars are fully cooked and a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bars fully cool before cutting.
This recipe makes 6 large bars with approximately 25 grams of protein per serving. That number will vary depending on the amount of protein in the powder you use, but it should be a good amount. I was very pleased with these brownie bars. They satisfy my sweet tooth, and trust me, they are plenty sweet without any added sweetener because the protein is that sweet. I topped mine with some dark chocolate chips for an afternoon treat and it was better than dessert. My husband even liked them which totally surprised me becuase he is not a huge chocolate fan. Try these protein brownes if you are looking for a healthy snack that won’t have you compromising your eating habits.