Apple Protein Bars
Calories 306 (22% from fat)
Fat 7.4 gram
Saturated Fat 1.6 gram
Trans Fat 0 gram
Chol. 18 mg.
Sodium 327 mg.
Carb. 47 gram
Fiber 6.2 gram
Sugar 5 gram
Sugar Alcohol 1.3 gram
Protein 13 gram
fat free butter flavored cooking spray
2 scoops (2/3 cup) protein powder
(We used GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein Vanilla Flavor.)
1/2 cup Splenda
(We used the box that measures cup for cup like sugar.)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 cups quick cooking oatmeal
(We used Quaker 1 Minute Oats.)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1.5 cups apple juice
(We used Mott's Plus Light Apple Juice because it is lower in sugar.)
1/2 cup sugar free syrup
(We used Cary's Sugar Free Syrup.)
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the trays of an 8-mini-loaf baking pan with fat-free cooking spray.
2. Stir together the seven dry ingredients, protein powder through salt. In a separate bowl mix together the first five wet ingredients, egg whites through sugar free syrup.
3. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Use an electric mixer to make sure it's thoroughly combined. Then fold in the diced apples and divide the mixture evenly into 8 trays of the mini-loaf pan.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. (Less time if you want the bars more moist inside, more time if you want them firmer.) Remove bars from mini-loaf pan and serve or put in airtight containers and freeze for later.
Yield: 8 Servings
Freeze bars for easy re-heating later. Make sure they're tightly sealed inside freezer safe bags or plastic containers.
Microwave each bar for approximately 45 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on microwave strength. Cover the bar with a damp paper towel to keep it softer.