There is nothing I love more than a good energy bar. The chewiness, the slight sweetness, the nutritional facts, even the satisfaction of breaking open the wrapper… I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of consuming a bar. Sad as it is, I don’t think I could go a workday without succumbing to the allure of a Luna Protein, Pure Protein, or Clif’s Builder pick-me-up. My name is Julie, and I have a problem.
I’ve realized, however, that a major part of the attraction is the fact that these things are not just energy bars. They’re also akin to candy bars with tons of foreign ingredients in them. I decided to take control of my addiction and make these babies the natural, old-fashioned way — something I should’ve done a long time ago, as they’re a breeze to make and much better for your body! After spending a bit of time experimenting in the kitchen, I emerged with a totally healthy treat.
Baked banana oat protein bars
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon, baking soda
- 1 teaspoon, vanilla extract
- 4 ounces, almond milk
- 150 egg whites (from about 5 eggs)
- 150 grams, rolled oats
- 1-2 scoops, protein powder (I used Trader Joe’s Darwin’s Soy Protein Powder)
- 1 teaspoon, salt
- 1 teaspoon, baking powder
- 75 grams, chocolate chips (optional… but I refuse to acknowledge that anyone would leave these babies out)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mash the bananas well in a medium-sized bowl. Add baking soda and incorporate into mash.
- Mix in vanilla extract, almond milk, and egg whites thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the rolled oats, protein powder, salt, baking powder, and chocolate chips.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Pour into baking pan (I used an 11×7 pan, which was a little too big; I’d use 8×8 next time).
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.