I made up a batch of protein bars last night.
Actually, I should call them ‘protein bombs.’
Each ‘bomb’ has about 17 grams of protein, from one scoop of vegan protein powder.
And no refined sugar.
(Each is sweetened by one Deglet date = 5 grams of natural sugar.)
Instead of a traditional binder like egg or egg whites, I used ground flaxseed and water. (Worked like a charm … thank you my vegan foodie friend — you know who you are!!)
I started thinking about this 5-ingredient protein bar recipe after seeing something similar at the gym.
(Mind you, I am not a baker, so my process last night was a bit crazy.)
I started out making JUST ONE serving/bar/ball:
- one scoop Sun Warrior Classic Protein Powder – Natural flavor (80 cals)
- .4 ounces Deglet date — which is about 1 date (about 25 cals)
- .3 ounces cashews (about 57 cals)
- 10 roasted unsalted almonds from Trader Joes (about 50 cals)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed (about 45 cals)
Those ingredients were poured into the food processor — and pulsed — and pulsed — and pulsed.
(Realizing I needed some moisture to get the right consistency, I added warm water teaspoon by teaspoon ….so I could roll a ball.)
I think at the end I added about 4 teaspoons of warm water.
I ate that ball and figured it would do the job just fine. (This is definitely not your CINNABON-like treat lol!!)
And here’s where you are gonna laugh at this newbie baker … I figured, heck, lemme make 12 of these — so I can pop them in my lunch bag … To make a batch I’ll just multiply the ingredients of one by 12.
If you have a food processor you know what happened next.
I loaded that puppy to the gills — and after a few minutes of pulsing, that motor had had enough.
So, I transferred everything to a big mixing bowl and did the rest BY HAND.
Here’s the ingredient list for the 12 ‘protein bombs’:
- 12 scoops Sun Warrior Classic Protein Powder – Natural flavor
- 12 Deglet dates
- 3.6 ounces cashews
- 3.6 ounces roasted unsalted almonds from TJs
- 12 tablespoons ground flax seed (from Whole Foods bulk section)
- 26 tablespoons of warm water (added 4 tablespoons at a time)
Now, I’m sure you can load on all the water at once, and maybe I’ll try that next time.
The trick next was making each ball the same size and shape. (By this point I was too tired to do any real math lol!!)
So out of the glob in the mixing bowl, I pulled out about a ball full of mixture and weighed it on my little kitchen scale. 2.6 ounces for that first ball. Ok, I thought. Each ball will be rolled at 2.6 ounces.
(In the end, I ended up with 14 balls of 2.6 ounces each.)
This attempt no. 2 was a good start, and these are gonna do the job of curbing hunger and providing a little sweet treat, but I have a long way to go.
Hubby taste tester says a little ‘crunchy’ could be added. I couldn’t agree more.
And next time, we might even rock a little COCOA into these babies.