Fruity Streusel Protein Bars

Fruity Protein Bars

Fruity Streusel Protein Bars

For some time now, I’ve been looking for a tasty protein bar to tote around in case the dreaded sugar cravings strike. Most protein bars contain soy protein nuggets [Mmmmm, sounds tasty, right?] as their primary protein source. Since I’m allergic to soy, this posses a slight problem. The bottom “crust” layer is made from high-fiber coconut flour.  It was a modification of a pizza dough recipe; instead of tossing in garlic, basil, and oregano I added vanilla extract and maple extract.  After mixing the ingredients, the batter should be the consistency of very thick pancake batter.  I STRONGLY RECOMMEND greasing the pan before pouring the batter.  I simply laid foil down and peeling off the dough required the patience and precision of a neurosurgeon.  I’m looking at tweaking the crust recipe to sneak in a little more protein – perhaps egg white protein or casein- but for now the crust does its job beautifully.Fruity Streusel Protein Bars CRUSTNext step: the middle fruity layer.  I recently discovered the magic of baby food!  Did you know that food processors/distributors/conglomerates don’t put any of the junk and preservatives in baby food that they feel comfortable subjecting the adult population to?  I figured a fruity mixture with a vegetable carefully hidden in the fruit would make a perfect accent to the bread-like crust and steusel topping.  They have SO many flavors.  For my first attempt, I used Sprout’s Pear, Kiwi & Spinach.  The kiwi and spinach mixture had a rather unappetizing green color, however it tasted phenomenal! Sprout Pear Kiwi Spinach and Nutrition Facts Please excuse the aforementioned icky green color. I swear it tastes scrumptious! Fruity Streusel Protein Bars FRUIT SPREAD You can hide some of it with the struesel topping. Alternatively, you can select a baby food flavor with a more appetizing color. My next protein bar concoction will be “Carrot, Apple, & Mango.” Fruity Streusel Protein Bars STREUSEL

Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Container 9

Nutrients Per Serving
Kalories 70
Fat
1.8g
Protein
6.3g
Carbs
9g
Fiber
4g
Sugars
2g

Fruity Streusel Protein Bars
Serves 9
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Bottom "Crust" Layer
  1. 1 cup egg whites
  2. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  3. 6 tbsp coconut flour
  4. 1/4 cup skim milk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 tsp maple extract
  7. 8 drops liquid stevia
  8. 10 packets Splenda
Middle "Fruity" Layer
  1. 1 pouch baby food [Sprout's Pear, Kiwi & Spinach]
  2. 2 tbsp fitness fiber
Top "Streusel" Layer
  1. 2 tbsp light butter
  2. 1 scoop casein protein powder
  3. 10 packets Splenda
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line 8" square baking dish with foil or parchment paper. This makes getting the dough out easier because it is rather sticky.
Bottom "Crust" Layer
  1. Combine all ingredients except casein protein powder and coconut flour.
  2. Once all liquid ingredients are mixed well, slowly add in casein protein and follow by adding coconut flour.
  3. Spread the dough evenly along the bottom of the pan. The dough will be a little thicker than pancake batter.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. After the crust has cooled, gently flip the crust onto a piece of parchment paper.
Middle "Fruity" Layer
  1. Combine baby food pouch and fitness fiber in order to thicken the mixture. It will still be a sauce consistency, but will not run everywhere.
  2. Spread fruity mixture evenly over baked crust.
Top "Streusel" Layer
  1. Combine casein protein powder and Splenda.
  2. Add the light butter and chop into the sweet protein mixture.
  3. Sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over crust.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes. Just long enough for the crumbles to brown.
Tips for removing the crust
  1. In order to avoid breaking the crust, press a piece of parchment paper directly against the crust while it is still on the foil baking sheet. Flip the whole sandwich over [foil + crush + parchment paper]. Then slowly PEEL the foil back from the crush.
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