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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Carrot Cake Protein Bars


I tried something new this week - homemade protein bars. A few weeks ago I tried a homemade Larabar recipe, and I liked it but need to tweak it and take pictures still. This recipe I adapted slightly from Jamie Eason, and while mine didn't turn out like the pictures of hers, they're still delicious, almost dessert-like. Here's the recipe I used:

Carrot Cake Protein Bars
1 cup oat flour
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup honey (original recipe calls for 3/4 cup stevia)
4 egg whites
8 oz. (half a bag) grated and blended fresh baby carrots (original recipe calls for baby food carrots)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix oat flour, whey protein, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
3. In a food processor, grate carrots, then blend them to make a sort of carrot meal.
4. Add carrots, honey, and egg whites into oat flour mixture.
5. Spray 8x8 in. glass pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
6. Pour ingredients into dish, and bake 20-30 minutes.

My only initial complaint was that the eggs seemed to sink to the bottom, but I actually like the dual texture of them. You can kind-of see that in the picture above.

On another note, it's still a work in progress, but I think the planter beds are looking a bit cleaner today than yesterday. :)

Before:
After:
 

-Shelley

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