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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Clean Eat Recipe :: Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

These lovelies are just that - totally sweet with a little piece of fall! (Yeah... I know it isn't fall, but that crisp air, the smell of campfires, leaves scattered on the ground, the smell of caramel apples - which I can't eat, but I like the smell.  Well, it takes me back! Let's just go with it!) Adapted from Jamie Eason's Low-Carb Apple Cinnamon Protein Bar recipe, these are totally scrumptious and won't mess with your diet at all! Take a look at the recipe and the macros - they are divine!

Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars
adapted from Jamie Eason's Low-Carb Apple Cinnamon Protein Bar Recipe

1/2 cup oat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
3 egg whites
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (avoid HFCS)
4 oz water
1 medium granny smith apple - grated

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Spray a glass baking pan with olive oil spray to prevent sticking.
3. Combine the following ingredients in a bowl, whisking together to combine. Set aside.
    - oat flour
    - baking powder
    - sea salt
    - cinnamon
    - nutmeg
    - allspice
4. Using another bowl, combine the following ingredients, whisking together to combine.
    - egg whites
    - low-fat cottage cheese
    - vanilla
5. Add wet ingredients (2nd bowl, step #4) to dry ingredients (1st bowl, step #3), whisking to combine.
6. Fold in grated apple and mix to combine.
7. Pour batter into glass baking pan.
8. Bake for approximately 25-28 minutes.

Makes 16 servings.

Calories: 61
Fat: 0.7g
Sodium: 85mg
Carbs: 5.9g
Sugars: 2.5g
Protein: 7.8g

He & She Tips: Does it matter if I use a glass pan? Can I use a non-stick pan? YES! It does matter! For some reason, you get a much more cake-like consistency if you use a glass pan - trust us!  Store these in the refrigerator or freezer since they do not have preservatives and will spoil if left out.  

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  1. I've been making a low carb variation of these for a while now. I vary the fruit/veggie as I like.

    Base Dry Ingredients:
    1/2 c almond meal
    1/4 c coconut flour
    1/4 c plus two scoops vanilla protein powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp baking powder
    Stir to combine, set aside.

    Base Wet Ingredients:
    1/4 c Stevia in the Raw
    1/4 c Xylitol
    4oz (1/2 c) egg whites
    2 tsp vanilla
    1/2 c water

    Add to wet ingredients one of the following:
    8 oz baby food carrots OR
    8 oz no sugar apple sauce OR
    8 oz pumpkin puree OR
    4 oz mashed banana and 4oz no sugar apple sauce

    Stir to combine and add to dry ingredients, mixing well. Pour into an 8x8 glass baking pan sprayed with Pam or lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake at 375 for 25-30 mins. 16 servings.

    All are Yummy!

    1. Ooooh GeenyBeeny! The coconut flour sounds divine! Thanks so much for sharing these - we will definitely have to try them out. Would you mind if we reposted your recipe once we try them?

  2. is the 4oz of water supposed to be mixed in with the wet ingrediants?

    1. Yes! It goes in with the wet ingredients.

  3. I really want to try these! The only whey protein I could find has no scoop inside. I am VERY limited as to what I can buy in our small town. Please tell me the size of the scoop (in teaspoon or tablespoon or cup size). Thank you very much!

    1. Hey! The scoop may be buried in your protein powder at the very bottom (annoying, I know!). When cooking I use "heaping" scoops of protein powder. I just weighed one heaping scoop & it was 24 grams. This is equal to about 4 tablespoons. I hope this helps!

  4. is it 2 bars per 61 calories or only one?

  5. These are delicious! I will make these yummy bits of goodness a regular part of my clean diet.

  6. Can you sub the cottage cheese for anything?

  7. how many bars in a serving?

  8. how long do these last? could i keep them in the fridge for a week


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