So, when I saw Zandria’s recent post referencing a recipe for some vegan protein bars, I was intrigued. Because what do I eat every morning? Uhhhh, granola/breakfast bars. I think it’s too much to follow a strict vegan, raw, or whatever restricted diet possible. I like food and exploring all that the city has to offer (which I’m learning is a lot) and a restricted diet? Yeah, that would cramp my style 😉
But I do think that too much of pre-packaged food has too much funky stuff. When you can’t pronounce it and have no clue what it does to your foods, that’s not too great. I love the idea of Larabars and other options with simple ingredients — less than one line and limited to stuff like oats, fruits, and nuts. Makes sense, right? Unfortunately in Manhattan, a lot of time sense also equates into cents. Ughhhh.
I thought hmmm, this might just be a good thing to do – so I learned about the health food stores around my apartment (quite a few – definite plus to the city), all about new things like egg replacers (powder?!? who knew?!?), and that there are more protein powders than there are hair color varieties at the biggest Target.
I hope Zandria doesn’t mind if I share her recipe below. They came out good. My major issue was that I couldn’t um find the protein powder scoop? That, coupled with not filling the cup-load of the oatmeal to the brim, might be what led to mine coming out a tad on the soggy side. I did go with the pineapple below (I’m curious to try something different). I chose a vanilla-flavored protein powder and I actually went with almond milk rather than soy (I prefer it). It tasted like a more solid version of oatmeal. Not bad for round one. I’m curious to see if I can get it down better next go ’round, since Zan’s never had her’s come out so soggy as mine. Very good though – perhaps I can get this to be a regular thing!
VEGAN PINEAPPLE PROTEIN BARS
1 cup quick or whole oats (not instant)
6 flattened scoops of protein powder
1/2 cup vegan sugar (demerara)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soy milk (or almond milk!)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
1 cup crushed pineapple packed in pineapple juice, undrained
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Spray the bottom and sides of a 8×8-inch glass baking dish.
Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl, then combine with the dry. Do not overmix, but you can add a little bit more soymilk or water if needed. Batter should be thick. Pour into the prepared pan, pressing the batter down to form an even surface.
Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes. Store in refrigerator once cool.
Per serving: 171 calories; 1.5 g total fat; 17 g protein; 22 g carbohydrate; 0 mg cholesterol; 176 mg sodium; 1.2 g fiber.