Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Homemade Protein bar Recipe – The Basic Formula!

Healthy snack seems to be a rarity! Do you feel our lives could be complete without snacks? Whether it’s a bag of chips or a candy bar, we are all surrounded by snacks. When UN wrapping a bag of chip or opening a candy bar, no one ever realizes how unhealthy it could be. All we can think of is stupid, untimely hunger. Some health conscious individuals care to look for protein bar recipes but most of us are intrigued by and attracted to the unhealthy alternative.

Potato chips are way too greasy, and lack any nutrition while the candy bars are loaded with extra sugar to make them tastefully good. They can give you a temporary energy boost but that will wear off soon enough and you will hungry as ever. Besides, you will have great regrets about unhealthy snacks later in your life. On the flip side, a protein bar will give you longer lasting energy and the limited calories is an assurance that you are not going to put on extra weight.

Various types of protein bars are reaching the market these days according to the nutritional requirement of different people. The plus point is that all such protein bars are presented in a huge variety of flavors. Since they incorporate different nutrients and high quality protein in these bars, the price often gets out of control. So if you want a large supply of protein bars, it will probably not be a good idea.

Grabbing a couple of these while on the go is fine but you can also have your own protein bar recipe. Aside from the fact that making your own protein bars will help you save some money, it is also an opportunity to customize the snacks as you desire. With your own protein bar recipe, you will be in full control of the ingredients. You can easily cut down on fats, carbohydrates or anything you want to avoid.

For a basic protein bar recipe, the main ingredient is protein powder along with fillers like oatmeal and a binder to keep everything together and give a nice bar shape. It takes two cups of oatmeal to be mixed with 10 to 20 grams of protein powder. The most frequently used binder in homemade protein bar recipes is honey which also happens to be a great taste enhancer. Slightly heat a cup of honey and add it to the dry mixture. Meanwhile heat a slightly greased pan and pour all the mixture over it. Press it down nicely so that everything gets packed.

When it is sufficiently cooled, you can cut it into equally sized bars. This is the most basic protein bar recipe that can be altered according to your own taste. Add some dried fruits or nuts or top the whole thing with melted chocolate. Or you can place some chocolate chips along with caramel sauce but don’t overdo it because you don’t want extra calories. Store the bars in a sealed jar or wrap it in a wax paper to take along in your bag.

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