I have been back in Bulgaria for two days now and it's time to start spending more time in the gym and in my car between house visits. This means I have two options for food: to fast (not eat) or to prepare something to take with. Protein bars are a wonderful option, and the home made variety are a way better choice than the store bought.
Making a homemade bar gives you some serious advantages:
* You get to use very high quality protein powder
* You get no nasty preservatives aftertaste
* You use fresh quality ingredients
* You get to have fun
In Bulgaria, this also saves you money, since most store bough protein bars are 3 and 4 times more expensive than in the US.
Today I made these awesome Pumpkin Coconut Bars, and it took me exactly 5 minutes.
Here is what you need for 2 regular size bars:
2/3 cup pumpkin, cooked, drained (or from a can)
1/2 cup oat bran
2 tbsp cranberries/raisins/other dried fruit
1/3 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
2 tbsp peanut butter 2 (powder peanut butter) or 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder
pinch sea salt
Mix all the ingredients and use foil to flatten and fold in bar shapes. Use coconut flakes to coat the bars.
Wrap in paper to take to work and enjoy them as a meal with some nuts on the side, or just as a snack with some coffee or tea!