Blondie Protein Bars

I’ve never been a huge protein powder users. I experimented once with whey protein and it messed with my stomach so much I threw the rest away. Recently I’ve been giving it another go. I did a little research and found that the whey is often upsetting for a lot of people and an alternative option is a vegan protein powder. Well I did some more research and came across Sunwarrior products and contacted them for a sample. They were wonderful! I received a sample of all of their different vanilla protein supplements (flavor per my request) immediately after sending them an email. Awesome customer service. I really enjoyed the Classic Vanilla Protein Powder and bought some recently. I’ve been adding it to my smoothies but I was really interested in doing some baking with it. Today I did a little googling and came across a bare bones Blondie recipe that I altered quite a bit, and I absolutely love the result!

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  • 1  3/4 oat flour (I made my own)
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1  3/4 oat flour (I made my own)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I used 1/2 and I think it was too much)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup agave/honey (I used a little of both)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional-feel free to try different nuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl lightly incorporate dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl mix oil, applesauce, agave, egg, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.

If you want to add in nuts, chocolate chips, etc now is the time. Throw those goodies into the bowl and lightly incorporate them as well. Once completely mixed, pour batter into greased baking dish.

Cook about 25 minutes. I kept an eye on mine and they took about 27 minutes. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares. Enjoy!

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***Suggestions welcome: Although the bars hold up pretty well, they are smidge delicate and I was wondering if anyone had any tips to firm them up a little. More agave/honey? Thanks!

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PB & Chocolate Dates

Over Thanksgiving my aunt and cousins brought a really delicious and new appetizer to our house. When they opened the container and I laid eyes on what was inside, my face was smiling but my mind was saying “what the hell are those.” Well when they told me “Dates” I was even less enthused. HOWEVER, being open minded in every level of the food department I kept listening. The dates were filled with peanut butter and topped with confectioners sugar. Yep. And they were good!

Well, I have been racking my brain for some healthier desserts to satisfy our sweet tooth’s after dinner (or before) and these rang a bell. I made a few alterations to fit my lifestyle and I think they came out fabulous! I didn’t really use an exact recipe so bare with me as I put estimates below. These are super easy and super delicious!

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PB & Chocolate Dates

  • Natural Peanut Butter   (about 1/2 cup)
  • Pitted Dates  (About 20 dates)
  • Dark chocolate  (5 oz of dark chocolate` pieces from WF)
  • Sea Salt (optional)

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Make room in freezer for sheet pan for later use.

Slice a small cut into each date so it is opened across the top. It will look something like a hotdog bun, if you will

I poured about 1/2 cup PB into a zip lock baggie, cut of the corner and piped PB into each date. Place date onto baking sheet and put in freezer for about 20-30 minutes, until PB has hardened.

In a microwave safe bowl (or using a double boiler) slowly melt chocolate. I heated mine in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Once chocolate is melted, use tongs to dip each date into the chocolate and place back onto the baking sheet. Allow excess chocolate to drip off before placing on sheet.

Top with a sprinkle of sea salt if desired. Place in freezer until hard.

Easy! Enjoy!