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!
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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, protein powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- In a smaller bowl, combine applesauce, molasses, vanilla and milk.
- Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture and stir until just combined.
- Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until bar is set and pulling away from edge of pan.
- Allow to cool completely. Cut into squares. Store remaining bars in the fridge.
Admittedly not the most appetizing picture, but these bars are really good, I promise!
- 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