Thursday, April 14, 2011

Homemade Protein Bars

There was a sale on LARA bars at the grocery store recently and Bella and I both really enjoyed having those as snacks. Once the sale was done, however, I didn't feel very budget-friendly to continue to purchase them at nearly $1.50-$2 a bar (they contain flecks of real gold!) (OK, not really. It's just run-of-the-mill silver). So, I did a little googling and found this protein bar recipe on Weelicious.

I followed the recipe exactly, although I will add more dates next time as my bars are a little heavy on the nuts and light on the dried fruit. When I counted out 20 pitted dates, they were nowhere near to 2 1/4 cups. Maybe my dates were a lot smaller? I also found the bars to be a tad bit dried out following the full 5 hour cooking time. This has been easily solved by storing them all together, rather than wrapping individually. Again, I think increasing the dates in the recipe would fix this problem.

Make sure to read the whole recipe through before you start cooking as it's not listed in the most logical order. Also keep in mind you will need about SIX HOURS to make them between the soaking of the fruit & nuts followed by 5 hours of cooking.

Excited to see what other varieties I can come up with using this recipe as a base. Shredded coconut is definitely on the list.

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