Breakfast · Oatmeal · Snacks

Gingerbread Protein Breakfast Bars

So far, the meatless month as been a success.  This is day 8 and I’ve discovered that I’m not really craving meat and most of my close calls with almost eating it have simply come from me forgetting.  Luckily I haven’t had any real goofs!

Anyways, a common issue with vegetarians is a lack of protein in the diet.  For me, personally, meat has never been my main source of protein.  Especially with the large amount of running I’ve done in the last 6 months I’ve really started to utilize other protein sources, including protein powder, and I’m always on the lookout for recipes where I can add it in a boost up my protein for the day.  I’ve found that breakfast cookies are by far the easiest way for me to do this but I started to get burnt out of the ones I had been eating.

So the search for something new commenced!

I began browsing the archives of the blogs I frequent and came across this recipe on Peas and Thank You.  I have one of Sarah’s cookbooks and really enjoy reading it and hearing the stories about her family.  Unfortunately, she is taking a hiatus from blogging, but I know I will still use her blog/book as a resource for yummy vegetarian recipes!

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These bars are perfect for a quick breakfast before I leave for work at 5:30 AM.  I usually eat two breakfasts, one at that time and one at 9 AM when I take my first break, so I like to keep Breakfast #1 light and it has to be something I can eat while I’m packing my lunch and making my coffee.

Gingerbread Protein Breakfast Bars

Original recipe here

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, protein powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine applesauce, molasses, vanilla and milk.
  4. Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until bar is set and pulling away from edge of pan.
  6. Allow to cool completely. Cut into squares. Store remaining bars in the fridge.

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Admittedly not the most appetizing picture, but these bars are really good, I promise!

Servings: 8

  • Calories: 133
  • Total Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 180 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.4 g
  • Sugars: 11.2 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
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