Home Made Protein Bars II
This evening when I got in, Wife & Daughter had just finished baking some brownies. The kitchen smelt fabulous, and I arrived just in time see ‘em come hot out of the oven. Oh, it’s hard being patient under such circumstances!
Anyway, earlier in the week, I was going to cook another batch of the ‘Good Eats’ protein bars that I’ve been baking this year. The trouble was that we were out of Tofu . . . but a quick hunt through the kitchen cupboards showed that we had pretty much everything needed to try out Christine’s recipe. There just didn’t seem to be any bananas in the house (they never seem to last long!), and Wife had been shopping today to fix that problem.
Of course, first I had to convert the measurements into real units. Metric or Imperial count as real units. Units of measure like a ‘cup’ for solids makes no sense at all to me - what kind of cup - a tea cup, coffee cup, a mug, beaker, espresso, etc, etc? Naturally, measures like teaspoon (tsp), tablespoon (tbsp) and dessert spoon are perfectly sensible units. Go figure.
So just for the record, here are the ’standard’ ingredients for Chris’s recipe in metric. The only one I’ve not converted is the first one, which is ’scoops’. Anyone know what that is in SI Units? I had no idea, so took a chance that the scoop in a UK tub of whey protein would be about the same size as the US ones:
- 8 scoops of whey protein powder (I used un-flavoured)
- 270ml (~120 grammes) rolled oats (I used porridge oats)
- 4 medium bananas
- 35 grammes of banana chips
- 60ml (4tbsp) crunchy peanut butter
- 135ml (~140g) Splenda / Sucralose (I used sugar - I want calories)
- 1 tsp salt (I left it out)
I also added:
- 25g cocoa powder
- 50g of dried cranberries
This makes about a kilo of the mix, which I divided up into eight, 120 gramme bars. Chris’s advice to weigh them out so as to get them all about the same weight is a good tip, as otherwise I think the cooking time would vary too much. Speaking of which, the cooking temperature of 350F equates to 180C.
So how are they? Well, like flat, dense, chewy, chocolaty, sweet, bread, with a very heavy indication that banana is one of the main ingredients. But don’t let that put you off - they’re really quite more-ish. In a way, they’re a bit like Dwarf Bread that hasn’t been properly heat treated.
Wife says that she prefers the flavour to the ‘Good Eats’ bars, though I’m not so sure. There’s something about the ‘Good Eats’ ones that reminds me of my grandmother’s
forging cooking that makes me go all misty eyed.
Where they definitely do score though is the easy of cooking (couldn’t really be any easier), and the fact that they come out of the oven ready for storing / already in their wrappers to go into the back pocket of your cycling jersey is another added bonus.
So if you’re tempted . . . give ‘em a go!
Oh, and in other news, I did a tiny workout this morning - running with Shana. But I also planned my assault on my 10K in 40 minutes goal today . . . but more on this at the weekend - maybe.
- Type: Run
- Date: 08/30/2007
- Time: 07:00:00
- Total Time: 00:20:00.00
- Distance: 2 miles
- Average Pace: 10:00/mile