DIY Almond Cranberry Protein Bars

Österr FlaggeIMG_4026 cutEveryone who has been to a fitness studio before, knows them, the small little helpers that make your workout even more efficient – Protein Bars ! They are sitting nicely wrapped in vending machines and on shelves only waiting for you to buy them. They are handy, convenient and packed with valuable protein that is essential to gain muscle.

Sadly, these little bars are also pretty expensive! So there is no choice but to reach deep into your pockets and…

STOP: All wrong!

I have searched through the internet (Bodybuilding.com) and found a way to make your own protein bars in an easy, fast and also cheap way. And they even taste better than the bought ones (says my fitnessfreak <3)! Sounds like a dream come true – and it is! 🙂

IMG_4028cutOr would you rather prefer sweet 2-ingredients-banana-cookies as trainingssnack?

Let the mixing begin!

Out of portein powder, flour (any kind that can be consumed raw), milk and chocolate, you can make protein bars in 3 easy steps.

Simply (1.) intermix all your ingredients until well combined but not sticky. Then (2.) form/cut the mixture into bars and entirely coat with chocolate. Lastly, (3.) freeze!

Now you will always have tasty protein bars at hand in your freezer!

Of course, cou can add many more ingredients of your desire, such as nuts, cornflakes or berries, to your bars.

I used ground almonds, almond pieces and cranberries to produce my delicious Almond Cranberry Protein Bars wth 30% protein!

For the bars (makes 400g) you will need:IMG_4007 eng

  • 100g protein powder of your choice
  • 100g groun almonds /almond flour
  • 30g almonds, cut in small pieces
  • 30g cranberries, cut in halves
  • 60-80ml milk (cow or almond milk)
  • 40g dark chocolate

Intermix protein powder, ground almonds, almond pieces and cranberries in a large bowl. Add 40ml of the milk and stir with a spoon.

If the mixture is too dry and not combined, then add more milk one spoon at a time until the mixture has turned into dough that does not stick.

If the mixture is too sticky, add some protein powder or gorund almonds.

Now go ahead and form the bars. Either use your hands (I cover mine with a freezer bag to prevent the dough from sticking to my hands ;-)) or spread the mixture into a squared pan lined with parchment paper to later cut the dough into bars with a knife.

The size and form of your bars is all up to you.

IMG_4009Tip: I freeze my bars before coating them with chococlate (or before cutting them) for 10-15 minutes. This step is optional, does make the handling a lot easier though.

Melt your chocolate in the microwave or using a double boiler and completely coat your bars with it. Done!

Allow the chocolate to harden (takes only a few minutes if the bars are frozen) and then store your protein bars in the freezer until needed.

Really, this process couldn’t be any simpler! Give it a try – it’s worth it! 😀

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nutrition information from http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

Have a baketastic baking day,

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