I was recently contacted by My Protein to try and review a few of their products. Along with this, I was asked to write an article for their blog. You can check that out here: Three Ways to Incorporate Strength Training for Runners.
In general, I try to stick to natural foods, but I do believe there is a place for protein powders in an otherwise well-rounded diet. I tend to make smoothies immediately after a long run, and use protein powder to start rebuilding the muscles that were broken down during my workout. When I began browsing the website, I was a bit overwhelmed, so I asked for a few recommended products that were mostly all-natural.
I was sent the Impact Whey Protein Powder (unflavored), Instant Oats (unflavored), and Peanut Butter.
I immediately started using the protein powder in my smoothies and was happy that I didn’t notice it in there! (I don’t particularly like the taste of protein powder, so I would rather it be very mild without any strong flavors).
I also used the peanut butter in my smoothies and for other snacks. Peanuts are the only ingredient, and it tasted delicious…I may have eaten some by the spoonful….
I wanted to try making a recipe that used these ingredients (including the oat flour, which I hadn’t tried yet), and was thinking of something along the lines of no-bake peanut butter protein bars. So I turned to Pinterest, and found this recipe for Quick ‘n Easy No-Bake Protein Bars from Oh She Glows.
I modified the recipe by using almond flour instead of rice crisp cereal, and I didn’t need to make the oat flour because I just used the instant oats from My Protein.
I had made plenty of melted chocolate, so instead of just drizzling it moderately I coated the whole thing with a nice layer of chocolate. Best idea ever- they legit taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But in bar form.
- 1.5 cups oat flour (or oats blended into a powder)
- 1/2 cup protein powder (unflavored, or vanilla would work too)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-5 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- splash of milk (I used almond) if needed
- Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, almond flour, and salt together in a large bowl.
- Add in the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir well to combine. Add a splash of milk if mixture is too dry.
- Press into the pan and flatten with your hands/fingers. Place in freezer.
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a small pot over low heat (or in the microwave). When half of the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth.
- After freezing the bars for about 5-10 minutes, remove from freezer and cut into bars without removing from pan.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate (or spread chocolate over bars and freeze again until set. Store in the fridge for 4-5 days.
I don’t even feel a little bit bad about eating these for breakfast. However, just be warned that they are addicting!
How would you use these products?
Do you like “no bake” recipes?
Do you use protein powder?
Disclaimer: I received these products for free in exchange for a review and was no compensated for this post- all opinions are my own.