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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Clean Eat Recipe :: Chocolate Apple Oatmeal Protein Bars

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Picture it: You are running late for your meeting at work and bam! you are supposed to eat in 15 minutes and don't have time to run to get your prepared chicken breast and veggies. No problem! Reach for one of these Chocolate Apple Oatmeal Protein Bars - they are portable and perfect for on-the-go eating!


Chocolate Apple Oatmeal Protein Bars


Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup natural nut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:
1. Line an 8" square baking dish/pan with parchment paper (wax paper will also work if you do not have parchment paper on hand). He & She Tip: I trimmed my parchment paper to fit and put one strip going longways and one strip sideways.
2. Warm the nut butter and the coconut oil in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften.
3. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix using hands or a spoon until well blended.
4. Pour mixture into lined dish and smooth with the back of a spoon until even.
5. Place in freezer for 45 minutes. Remove from freezer, lifting parchment paper and bars out of the pan and place on a flat surface. Using a pizza wheel, cut into 8 bars. Serve.

Gluten Free Version: Use Gluten-Free Rolled Oats as an alternative

Macros:
Calories: 378
Fat: 21 g
Protein: 24 g
Carbs: 28 g
Sugar: 5 g

These are a great little clean pick-me-up but due to a close 30% fat, 30% protein and 30% carb ratio, I wouldn't recommend eating these more than once or twice per week (depending on your calorie intake needs). You can save the rest in the freezer and take out at the beginning of the day - they should defrost in time for your 3rd or 4th meal of the day.

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Tiffany

Adapted from Oxygen Magazine's July 2011 Article, "Portable Protein"
This recipe has been linked on Stephanie.Fitness!

12 comments:

  1. Mmmm!! Yummy!! I can't wait to try making these! Thanks Tiffany for linking up to my Motivational Monday Link Up Party. You rock!!

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    1. No problem Stephanie! Your page is awesome and we are ecstatic that you featured my lasagna recipe!

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  2. Just wanted to say thanks for the great blog! Me and my boyfriend are clean eaters as well. We love this lifestyle. Question about the protein bars, Are these meant to replace a large meal or as one of the 3 in between meals? (and only once a week)

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    1. So excited you found us JMRide! I would suggest replacing one of lunches with this - they are calorically dense, so definitely don't have it more than once a week.

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  3. Can you substitute low fat yogurt for cottage cheese in the protein shakes?

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    1. You could, but I would suggest some 2% greek yogurt. It has more protein similar to the cottage cheese and will boost your metabolism!

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  4. How many bars does the recipe make and what is a serving size? They look awesome- definitely need to try! :)

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    1. It makes 8 bars in an 8x8" pan, so 1x1" squares. I hope that helps!

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  5. Can I sub. Coconut oil with something else?? I don't have any? ...peanut oil??

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  6. how do you store your protein bars? I have heard of people making them and they end up falling apart/melting if they aren't kept cold. Thanks

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  7. can you provide a pdf or somehow a print button that will print these recipes out with bigger print please thank you

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  8. taste yummy, but when we thaw them, they fall apart :(

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