On most weekends, I like to cook and bake a few things that will take us into the workweek. For the past few weeks, I’ve been making Peas and Thank You’s Chocolate Chip Zee bars. They’ve been a great snack to take along to work and to the gym. However, I ran out of gluten free oats this week, so I decided to come up with my own “protein bar” recipe!
Whole Grain Brown Rice and Buckwheat Protein Bars
These whole grain bars are gluten free! Made with buckwheat and brown rice flour, these bars have a dense, cake-like texture that compliments mix-ins nicely. Nuts and raisins were added to this batch, along with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice for a protein-packed, trail-mix inspired snack!
1/2 c. buckwheat flour*
1/2 c. brown rice flour*
1/2 c. vanilla protein powder (I used Promasil Vanilla Soft-Serve flavor)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. chopped mixed nuts (or any nut of choice)**
1/4 c. raisins**
1/2 c. applesauce (no added sugar)
1/2 c. soy milk (unsweetened)
1 T. vanilla
*Using a coffee grinder, grind 1/3 c. plus 2 TB buckwheat groats to make 1/2 c. buckwheat flour. Grind 1/3c. plus 2 TB brown rice to make 1/2 c. brown rice flour. Sift well.
**If you want to make chocolate chip bars, omit the nuts and raisins and add in 1/4c. to 1/3c. chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
- Sift together buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, vanilla protein powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and spices. Mix well.
- Add in chopped nuts and raisins, mix with flour to coat.
- Mix applesauce, soymilk and vanilla in separate bowl; pour into wet ingredients.
- Mix batter well, spread into a greased 7×11 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool, cut into 10 bars.
Nutritional Info for 1 Bar (even though it says “0 bars”)
For an extra special snack, microwave a bar for 10-15 seconds, and then add a layer of peanut butter on top! Lip-smacking good!