Posts Tagged "bars"

No Bake Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 in Cooking, Featured

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI tried these today after my workout and loved them!  They taste more like a no bake cookie than a protein bar.  They’re pretty rich and filling, so I ended up cutting mine smaller than a normal protein bar.  Perfect for after a hard workout or just a long, busy day!

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If you make yours into 16 bars they have 171 calories, 9.5 grams of fat, 17.8 carbs, 1.7 grams of fiber, and 6.2 grans of protein.  Definitely a good pick me up after a long, hard workout!

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Protein Bars

(makes 8 large, 16 medium, or 24 small bars–since they’re thicker I made mine into 24)

1 cup of peanut butter (I used chunky)

1/2 cup of honey

1 cup of vanilla protein powder (I like Arbonne vanilla protein shake mix!)

1 cup of old fashioned oats

1/4 cup of chocolate chips

*You can also add chia seeds, flax seed meal, etc

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Line a loaf pan with foil letting the foil hang over the edges.  (this will make it really easy to get the bars out and cut them later)  Melt peanut butter and honey in a large bowl until thin and easy to mix.  Stir in protein powder and oats and stir until combined.  If its too thick, add a tablespoon or so of water.   Press bars into prepared loaf pan getting them as even as possible.  Melt chocolate chips and drizzle chocolate over the top of the bars.  Let sit until set, or put in the fridge for 20 minutes or so to speed up the process.  Remove using the foil and cut into whatever size bars you want.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Source:  Slightly adapted fromhttp://blondeponytail.com/2010/11/no-bake-peanut-butter-protein-bars/

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Brownies

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Cooking, Desserts, Featured

I saw this recipe in a Family Circle dessert magazine and couldn’t wait to try it!  The sweet white chocolate with the tart raspberries really compliment each other.  Hope you enjoy them!

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Brownies

(about 20 brownies)

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

2 ounces of white baking chocolate, cut up

2 eggs

2/3 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of slivered almonds (optional)

1/4 cup of white chocolate chips (optional)

1 cup of fresh raspberries

2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted (optional–this is for if you want the drizzle on top!)

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line an 8X8X2 baking dish with foil.  Let the foil extend over the edges of the pan and spray generously with non stick spray.  In a medium saucepan melt butter and 2 oz white chocolate over low heat, stirring often.  Once melted and smooth remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Stir in eggs, sugar and vanilla until just combined.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir in almonds and white chocolate chips if you’re using them.  Spread batter in prepared pan and sprinkle top with raspberries.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.  Once cool remove from pan by lifting foil.  Cut into squares and drizzle with melted white chocolate.

 

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Source: Family Circle


 

 

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Cookie Bars

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 in Cooking, Desserts

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These bars are amazing!  The cookie is so buttery and pairs perfectly with chocolate.  (but then again, what doesn’t??)  I’ve made them with chocolate chips and pecans stirred in to the batter, and with melted chocolate on top, as shown in the picture.  Both are quite tasty so you really can’t go wrong!  Try them out and put your own spin on them!

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Cookie Bars

2 1/4 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 cup of packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, nearly melted and slightly cooled

1 large egg

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or other mix ins of your choice (pecans are great!)

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Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and lightly grease a 8X8 baking pan.  In a small bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda.  In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla until combined.  Once smooth, slowly add flour mixture, do not overmix.  If you want to make traditional cookie bars stir in chocolate chips and nuts, pour into prepared pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  If you want the melted chocolate top then pour plain batter into pan and bake about 30 -32 minutes until light golden brown and set.  Pull out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on top.  Place cookies back in the oven for about 2 minutes, until the chips are beginning to melt and look glossy.  Remove from oven and use a spatula to smooth melted chocolate evenly over cookie bars.  Sprinkle nuts, sprinkles, or other toppings on and let set.  Chocolate may take a few hours to firmly set.

 

Source: Adapted from Mrs. Fields Best Ever Cookie Book, Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars

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