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Chocolate Protein Bars

protein bars 006One of the perks of being the daughter of a librarian who helps with collection materials for the library is that my mother is constantly getting uncorrected proofs.  Whenever I visit my mom at work I race into her office just to see if she’s had a shipment – not always books I’m interested – but you’d be surprised.  I’m currently reading a new Amy Tan book, as well as a book based on the TV show Homeland that my mother had gotten.  It has unfortunately created an unnatural need within me to own the Trade Paperback version of any book rather than the Hardcover. I’m waiting on The Kite Runner to be returned so I can read that and the books that follow – I know, I know, I’m super late to that party.  I’m also looking forward to reading the Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms, once my library gets it in and processed.  Sarah Addison Allen is probably my favorite author lately, her magical realism really hits the sweet spot in my literature cravings…is that even a phrase – it is now!  Primarily writing about North Carolina, it’s instilled this magical vision of the South in my mind.

So in my research in keeping and maintaining my clean eating lifestyle I’ve discovered that any kind of store bought protein bar, while packed with protein is also packed with sugar – this is not as healthy as you’d assume after buying something from the health section.  So here are Jamie Eason’s homemade Chocolate ones.  They resemble a Brownie.  Which is amazing for easing cravings for something sweet! 2 Bars is one serving so you kind of feel like you’re indulging yourself.

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Chocolate Protein Bars

from Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Recipes on Bodybuilding.com
Serving size: 2 Bars
Recipes makes: 16 Bars

Ingredients
1 Cup Oat Flour
2 Scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal
4 Egg whites
8oz Berry Flavored baby food
4oz water

Directions
**Preheat oven to 350F*
1. Combine Oat Flour, protein powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl and stir until blended
2. In a different mixing bowl, combine Splenda, egg whites, baby food, and water and mix until all ingredients are blended.
3. Add one bowl to the other and whisk until a smooth batter forms.
4. Spray a square baking dish with Non-stick spray and pour batter in – scrape the sides!
5. Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes depending on your oven.
6. Do the toothpick test – if it comes out clean, they’re all done and ready to cool!

Notes:
1. You can use any type of protein powder I’d imagine but I use Whey.
2. I use 100% cacao naturally unsweetened baking powder from Hersheys.
3. Berry Flavored baby food sounds weird right? It’s because baby food is less likely to have additives and anything but natural ingredients.  I’ve used Apple, Strawberry Banana flavor, as well as Blackberry, Banana and some other fruit before, I like the way the Blackberry Banana flavor came out best.
4. Egg whites – if using liquid egg whites – use the conversion chart on your carton! I had read someplace that 2 Tbsp liquid egg whites were equivalent to one actual large egg white – that’s not the case for mine ( Great Value Brand) So make sure you read up on yours!
5. Batter might look too wet – that’s ok! You want some nice and moist bars.  Previously mine have been a bit dry when I haven’t added the water.
6. Make sure you refrigerate these yummies.

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