Protein bars can be useful snacks to consume throughout the day because they help with muscle growth and repair. Moreover, they are tasty and very simple to make. This article shows some homemade protein bar recipes.
The right ingredients
Every recipe is only as good as the ingredients assembled. For your protein bars, you need to get foods which are natural and nutritious that will support the added protein powder. Some people choose bar recipes that involve baking, but this actually, cooks away a lot of the goodness that you can obtain. This also complicates something which is actually quite simple. Organic oats Organic oats make a good basis for the bars and are rich in fibre which is responsible for digestion. To this, add unsweetened and preferably organic nut butter. Peanut butter is the most commonly used, but walnut and cashew butters can be a source, if you take the time to find them and are valuable from a nutritional standpoint, providing you with mono-saturated fat and natural protein. If you have two hundred grams of oats, you will need five big spoonfuls of peanut butter and you should add around four scoops of whey protein to this.
Combining your ingredients
- To bind the core ingredients together, you have some options. - If you don't mind adding some natural sugar into the equation, then honey can be used and helps things to blend together easily. - If you're looking at things from a low sugar perspective, then consider using skimmed milk. - Add this a little at a time as too much will mean that your bars won't be able to set. - In addition to this, you may wish to add dried fruits and nuts. - When using honey, raisins work well. - For the low sugar, variety dried prunes will work better from the flavour perspective. - This should be mixed together into a thick paste and then, spread out onto a flat surface like a counter top or chopping block. - The mixture should be rolled out until it is about a centimetre tall and cut into an appropriate rectangular shape. - This should make around twelve snack size bars.
Storing and eating
These are cheap protein bars which anyone can make. Moreover, unlike other protein bar recipes, there is no need to pull out the baking trays. Leave this mixture in the refrigerator overnight and it should be harder. These are perfect as mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks or as quick bites to have after you have done a strenuous workout. Make sure that the rest of your diet is given due consideration. So, you can achieve the nutritional balance which will supplement any exercise programme that you are following.