I don’t really like meat. I’m not a vegetarian because I still eat it, but I don’t crave it. I also don’t really love protein shakes either. Did I mention I’m kind of a finicky bitch when it comes to food?
The thing is though that I do Crossfit and I’m pregnant so I need to suck it up and eat some more protein (did you know that pregnant people need like 80-100 grams of protein a day). My solution? Protein bars….I’m all about eating “real” food though so I have a hard time buying the packaged ones that have as much sugar as protein, or contain ingredient names that I can’t pronounce not to mention they are usually like $2-$3 each. So, I make my own. It takes almost no time, it makes a pretty large batch, and each 4×3 rectangle contains about 10 grams of protein. Pair that with an egg or a piece of string cheese (organic of course) and you’ve boosted yourself to 17 grams, not bad for a snack.
Before sharing this recipe though I have to give credit where credit is due. This recipe is adapted from one given to me by my chiropractor friend Brooks. He made it up himself which I find highly impressive. A man that cooks is always good in my book (plus he’s cute and single too so those aren’t bad traits either, go check out his site).
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Flax Seed
3/4 Cup Honey
1 Cup Peanut or Almond butter (I often do a mix of the 2)
1 Cup Protein Powder (Think clean here, I use some stuff from my gym, but here is a good one: (http://www.healthyforlifeusa.com/products/protein/)
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Combine your dry ingredients and set aside. In a saucepan mix your peanut/almond butter, and honey on medium low. Once creamy and combined add chocolate chips and stir together until melted. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well. Press into a large thin sheet pan (mine is 15×10, but you can use whatever you have and if you have no pans you could just roll them into balls). Refrigerate for at least an hour and then cut.
Note: I keep about 5 of these in the fridge at a time and the rest in the freezer. Every few days I just pull out a few more and throw them in the fridge.