I’ve updated the way I do my sources. Instead of having to go to the sources page I’ve put a link on the ingredients in each recipe to find the source. I’ll still keep my sources page as a reference to easily find all these ingredients and list the benefits of each one.
A friend stopped by right when I was mixing these up in the kitchen and was amazed at the idea of making protein bars. I’ve created several variations and flavors and here are protein bars three ways! After trying these flavors if you would like other variations please send me a request, the possibilities are endless.
The mixed rolled grain that makes up the base of these bars provides an excellent source of protein and fiber as well as several vitamins and minerals for sustainable energy and better overall health. They contain all the essential amino acids necessary for the body.
The flaxseed in them may have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer by blocking the growth of tumor cells. Flaxseed also helps prevent hardening of the arteries and helps reduce the inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and asthma. The activated barley is made of complex carbohydrate chains that break down slowly over a period of 2-3 hours, providing a steady supply of calories to the blood and helping avoid blood glucose spikes making it a safe food source for those with diabetes and a preferred food source for athletes.
The turmeric in these bars is a natural antibacterial agent. It may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide. It reduces the risk of childhood leukemia and is a natural liver detoxifier. Turmeric may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory working as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects making it a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. It is a painkiller. And it may stop the growth of blood vessels in tumors.
The almond butter is an excellent source of vitamin E which is a powerful soluble antioxidant that may help protect skin from harmful free radicals. Almonds are also packed with many of the B-complex group of vitamins which may aid in cellular metabolism. Almond butter is an excellent source of calcium, providing 8% of the recommended daily allowance in a mere 2 tablespoon serving. Also, almonds are a very anti-inflammatory food source and a good way to reduce internal inflammation. The benefits of reducing low level inflammation throughout the body are immense. They range from reducing the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and depression to younger looking skin with less wrinkles, improved allergy symptoms and less joint pain.
PROTEIN BARS (THREE WAYS)
2/3 cup pea protein powder
1/3 cup brown rice protein powder
3 cup mixed rolled grain (or regular rolled oats)
2/3 cup flaxseed meal
1/4 cup activated barley powder
3 T stevia (Sweetleaf)
1 t turmeric
1/2 t Himalayan sea salt*
1/4 t citric acid
1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup apple juice
2/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup coconut oil*
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup dates (finely chopped)
Be sure to also use ingredients for desired flavor, altering ingredients as listed. Mix dry ingredients together, mix wet ingredients together until well blended, mix the two together. Oil a large baking sheet. Spread mixture evenly on pan and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Turn onto a flat cookie sheet with no lip, cut into 24 squares or rectangles. Individually wrap each bar to eat on the go! Keep bars refrigerated until ready to eat.
©Janice Moreland http://thekitchentwist.com
2 cups chopped walnut
1 1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coconut chips*
zest of 3 large oranges
1 T cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 cup fresh orange juice (use instead of apple juice)
1 T vanilla extract
1 t orange extract
Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup dried cranberries on baking sheet, then spread the Cranberry Protein Bar mixture over the dried cranberries.
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin (use instead of applesauce)
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apples, chopped
2 T cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t ginger
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 cup maple syrup (use instead of agave)
1/2 cup raw cacao powder*
2 1/2 cups chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup instant Pero*
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, melted (reduce agave to 1/4 cup)
2 T vanilla extract
2 t hazelnut extract (or almond extract)
1 t butter flavor