On my day off yesterday, I decided to be quite the little Betty Crocker and whip up a couple of new-to-me items. One you’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s WIAW, but I’m here to share one with you now. You lucky ducks, you! DIY HPHF Bars! Say what?!
Do It Yourself High Protein High Fiber Bars. It’s way more fun to make the whole thing an acronym. 🙂 As a teacher and a busy person in general, I am always in need of snacks that I can grab on the go. I do enjoy protein and fiber bars as snacks, but they usually cost a pretty penny for just a few bars. Plus, I’m never quite sure what’s in them with all of the preservatives and such. Anyway, I came across a recipe on Julie’s blog, changed it to more of my liking, and made it. I was surprised at how easy it was and I love that I know exactly what I put in them. Obviously, they are delicious and cost just a fraction of the price for a huge amount.
Do It Yourself High Protein High Fiber Bars
The original recipe was adapted from Julie’s Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe.
What You Need:
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 5 cups high protein cereal (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins
What You Do:
- Combine honey and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir until everything is dissolved.
- Stir in peanut butter until you have a smooth mixture.
- Turn off the heat and add remaining ingredients and mix.
- Spray an 8 x 11 cooking dish.
- Pour contents in and press firmly into container.
- Stick in the refrigerator for several hours.
Seriously, how easy does that sound? Super easy is the answer. I cut squares of these for snacks, for easy breakfasts, or I crumble it on top of yogurt. So many uses and it packs quite the nutritional fiber and protein punch! And high protein was certainly what I needed after this morning’s workout. (Original workout found here.)
Week 5 Day 2: Chest & Abs
- Widegrip Barbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 8 reps (40 pounds)
- Push-Ups: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Cable Crossovers: 3 sets of 10 reps (15 pounds each side)
- Incline Dumbbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 10 reps (17.5 pounds)
- Side To Side Push-Ups: 3 sets of 10 reps
- *Superset – Toe Touchers: 3 sets of 20 reps
- *Superset – Crunches: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Knee/Hip Raises on the Roman Chair: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Cable Crunch: 3 sets of 10 reps (50 pounds)
- Cardio: 30 minutes
Due to time, I did not do cardio at the end of this workout. I coach a U-12 girls soccer team and we have practice this evening, so I’ll just count that as my cardio since I run around with them anyway!
Have you ever made your own bars? Do you have a recipe to share? Leave it in the comment section!