Monday, March 5, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

Seriously, holiday's are torture. Want to know why? Because my good friends at Hershey's have decided it is appropriate to make my very favorite piece of candy into a different shape for every freakin' holiday! On top of that, for some reason when they are shaped differently, they taste 10x as delicious and they normally do, which is pretty dang delicious. 

In case you haven't guessed yet, I have a soft spot for Reese's. The Christmas trees, the eggs, the pumpkins. I love them all. Unfortunately the sugar and the chocolate are not going to do anything for my abs, so I haven't had one in.... a long time. I was in line at the grocery store yesterday and saw a whole display of them, which made me remember this awesome recipe my mom came up with. They're not a peanut butter egg, but people, they're close. 

Ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
4 egg whites
2 scoops protein powder ( I used vanilla but chocolate would work too)
1/4 cup Stevia
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
4 oz unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter, or 1/3 cup if you're a pb enthusiast like me.
4 tbsp non fat Greek yogurt


Directions 

1. Add all ingredients in large mixing bowl, and mix. 
2. Place batter in a prepared 8x8 prepared Pyrex dish and bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

You should know that B happened to be doing the dishes while I was making these, and I made the mistake of letting him lick the spoon to taste the batter. I set my mixing bowl in the sink and turned around to put them in the oven. When I turned back around he went straight 7 years old on me and was licking the mixing bowl! When I say licking, I mean tongue out, bowl to the mouth licking. Don't worry, I made as many fat kid jokes as I could think of. But...I don't blame him, they're really that good!

Nutritional Info:
16 servings; 1 bar contains:
6g carbs
6g protein
2g fat
73 calories 

62 comments:

  1. Hahaha!! I lick bowls all the time! B is definitely not alone :)

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  2. Thanks for the recipe!
    Where do you get Stevia at?

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    1. You should be able to find it on the baking aisle of your grocery store. It's in a green bag.

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  3. What is PB vs peanut butter?

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  4. I believe she's just referring to the natural peanut butter and abbreviating it. And Tiffany, you can find Stevia online and possibly in some grocery stores or health food stores. I have yet to look as I love online shopping. I'm sure you could also use Truvia or Xylitol or the like in its place if you don't have Stevia.

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  5. These look amazing.
    Can you bake with truvia?
    I know a lot of sugar substances don't hold up to the heat of baking.

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    1. You sure can! You will just have to use less because Truvia is much sweeter than Stevia :)

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  6. When u say stevia do u mean the green stevia? 1/2 c of stevia is alot!

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    1. It's 1/4 cup and it's the Stevia in the Raw-- it comes in a dark green bag.

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    2. Thanks, although i dont think we have stevia in the raw here in canada, ill find a subb :-)

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    3. O.m.g, just made them.. so amazing, thank you so much for sharing! I was totally licking the bowl, no doubt about it ;-)

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  7. Hi Brittany just wondering what protein powder you are using? I currently use Max Muscle but they are SUPER expensive (worth the money IF you have it lol) and I am trying to find something similar as for as nutrition and flavor but less expensive. Oh and thank you for the recipe!! I am gonna make it with Almond butter. I am an Almond butter aholic BIG time. Oh and I am also a BIG time bowl licker.

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  8. Wow girl, look at those stats! I love this recipe :)

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  9. Oh my gosh! I seriously need to make these STAT! They look and sound amazing. I share your love of peanut butter cups.

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  10. Just made them and they are SO YUMMY!!!

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  11. There are soooooooo good! Made them last night :)

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  12. I LOVE YOU! I have been looking for a good PB and chocolate bar recipe!

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  13. I made these last night. I had a few small bites and they are pretty good. I still think my fave is the lemon raspberry though.

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  14. Can you sub the grk yogurt for something else? Like maybe more applesauce? OR is the grk yogurt a must?

    Thanks and LOVE your recipes and blog! :)

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    1. I just like the texture of them when I use the greek yogurt, but I'm sure increasing the applesauce by about 1/4 cup would be okay.

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  15. Yes! Love these and I can't wait to try them! P.S. I love that you added the calories etc. helps so much! Thanks!

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  16. Thanks so much they are in the oven cant wait to try this :)

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  17. Can you make these dairy free?

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    1. You can replace the greek yogurt with more applesauce

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  18. How did I miss this posting!?! These sound amazing and I'm totally a chocolate-pb fanatic. Thanks! I'm going to make these this weekend!

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  19. Just made these yummy treats! This is the go-to PMS craving treat...and it's clean! I just ate one warm out of the oven...tasted like a cake-like brownie! Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes!

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  20. Hey B! Oh my gosh yum! I made these last night for a friend and snuck a sample for myself. Both of us love everything nut butter and chocolate so I knew it had to be a winner! But girl it was like eating unfrosted cake! Amazing!! Hoping my friend will enjoy them as much.

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  21. I added strawberries and chia seeds to up the fiber... amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe little b!!

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  22. lol . . . 1/3 c. pb if you're an enthusiast. Can I put a 1/2 c. :)

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  23. can you sub the Stevia/Truvia with honey or is that going to ruin it - i have tried Jamie E's bars with honey and it is disasterous!! Thanks

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    1. I don't eat honey, so I've never tried it but these bars are similar to Jamies, so if it didn't work for hers I doubt it will work for these. You can try leaving it out altogether!

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  24. I don't know if I did something wrong but these came out like a very dry cake for me. Is that normal? The batter was amazing but I wasn't a big fan of the baked result. :( Any suggestions?

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    1. Maybe you left them in too long? I did mine for exactly 25 mins and they are SO moist!!

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    2. Hey there! There are a lot of variables that go into these bars, like different ovens, different protein powders etc. I would start by maybe increasing the greek yogurt a bit and cutting down your bake time by 5 minutes or so. You may just have to play around with it a little to make it work for you. Also, these bars tend to be a little dense if you aren't used to them... it's just the side effect from adding the protein.

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    3. Thank you! I only cooked them for 20 minutes so maybe I'll try to increase the yogurt next time.

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  25. OMG I made these last night AAAAAH sooooo amazing!!! SOOO moist!! I feel like Im eating cake!! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!

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  26. I can't get over the taste of Stevia. I have tried several recipes using Stevia in the raw and it leaves a bad aftertaste in my mouth. :( I think if I top this with a little pb I can get over it though. lol

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  27. These look so good! I can't wait to try them. Thank you for the awesome recipe! :)

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  28. These sound good but use sugar...stevia is bad for you it is made from chemicals.

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    1. Stevia is actually all natural, it comes from a plant leaf.

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    2. There are different types of Stevia that are very highly processed. If it's a green powder, it's likely pretty natural. Otherwise, I'd steer clear of it. Truvia is very highly processed, among others.

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  29. Just made these and I am impressed!!! So good!!!! They taste like chocolate cake. I will definitely be trying some of the other recipes.

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  30. Absolutely FABULOUS!!! I will definitely be trying these out. I submit recipes monthly for Natural Muscle Magazine and I must say...the ingredients have stimulated a baking session;) Stay Healthy! Darla

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  31. Do you need to keep these in the refrigerator? After about 3 days mine started to smell bad, same goes for the blueberry muffins, I made a batch and my husband took them to work a few days later and he couldn't even eat them.

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  32. These look and sound delicious!

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  33. I can't seem to find oat flour anywhere? Any suggestions?

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    1. They have it at health food stores, or you can make your own at home by grinding up oats into a fine powder.

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    2. I'm not sure where you are but I found it in an upscale grocery chain. Market Street.

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  34. These are incredible and conducive to my fitness goals! Thanks girl, what an awesome treat for those of us who love to put our spoons in the PB jar! :)

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  35. I made these tonight and they are awesome!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  36. omgosh i just made these and they turned out so weird! they came out cakey and like brownies?? When i was mixing them they looked like fluff i probabley could of eaten them just like that.... there really weird looking in the oven lol they look like cake?

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    1. Hi Mandy, have you ever made home made protein bars before? That is typically the consistency.

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  37. I just made these for my snack for the week.I do HVAC and trying to eat as clean as possible but it is really hard

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  38. They are TOTALLY AWESOME, thanks for this great recipe :))

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  39. Can you use the PB powder instead of peanut butter?

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