Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

My middle son is a tiny guy so I am always trying to come up with calorie dense but healthy snacks.
I found a recipe for Grunt Bars and tweaked it to our taste...LINK

    0.5 c apple juice concentrate
    3/4 cup honey
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
    6 cups crushed bran flakes* cereal(1-17 oz box is just right!)
    0.5 cup shredded coconut
    4 scoops vanilla whey protein powder*
    1 cup raisins or dried fruit or any nuts or chocolate chips you desire
*use buckwheat flakes for GF
make sure your whey protein is GF too, some brands are not

Mix together in a large mixing bowl the cereal,coconut,and protein powder(and optional fruit/nuts),set aside.

On medium heat mix the honey, apple juice concentrate and brown sugar together stirring constantly to prevent burning. Bring to a rolling boil and boil 1 minute,then mix in the peanut butter. Continue stirring until boiling and boil 1 minute more.
Immediately pour hot mixture over cereal mixture and combine well. Mold into a well greased 9x13 inch pan,pressing down firmly. Let cool and harden completely then dump out onto cutting board and cut into 1 1/2 x 3 inch bars.

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  1. Is there something you think that could sub out the coconut? These sound good, I'd love to try and make them, but I've never been a fan of the coconut in bars.

  2. I am sure it would be fine without it. I couldnt even really taste it at all.