Protein Bars

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
24 (2-inch) squares
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces soy protein powder, approximately 1 cup
  • 2 1/4 ounces oat bran, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 3/4 ounces whole-wheat flour, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 -ounce wheat germ, approximately 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ounces raisins, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 1/2 ounces dried cherries, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3 ounces dried blueberries, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 1/2 ounces dried apricots, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 1 (12.3-ounce) package soft silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice
  • 4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/2 cup packed
  • 2 large whole eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • Canola oil, for pan
Directions

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly coat with canola oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, oat bran, wheat flour, wheat germ, and salt. Set aside.

Coarsely chop the raisins, dried cherries, blueberries and apricots and place in a small bowl and set aside.

In a third mixing bowl, whisk the tofu until smooth. Add the apple juice, brown sugar, eggs, and peanut butter, 1 at a time, and whisk to combine after each addition. Add this to the protein powder mixture and stir well to combine. Fold in the dried fruit. Spread evenly in the prepared baking dish and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees F. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


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I made this recipe, but had to do some swaps to make up for my wife's gluten free eating. I swapped flax meal for wheat germ, coconut flour for the whole wheat, whey protein for the soy (even though I kept the tofu, I wanted to limit the amount of soy) and almond butter for the peanut. All this was swapped 1:1 with AB's measurements. Like Alton, I find raisins repulsive (I'm surprised he added them) and used dried cranberries instead. The first time out they were tasty but bone dry. I found out this is due to coconut flour being very dry and absorbing moisture more than regular (wheat) flours. Second time I increased the apple juice to 3/4 cup and added two mashed bananas. They came out perfectly, moist, flavorful and filling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a terrible "protein" bar. It only has as much protein as an egg, and 3 times more carbs than protein - can hardly be called a "protein bar" item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wonder if you could substitute a gluten free flour and also replace the wheat germ, and protein powder an oat bran with a ground flax and chia seed mixture item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was hoping for a "healthy" protein bar, but this one is just as bad as those you find in the stores. Flour, wheat germ, oat bran, brown sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great! Pretty easy to make, and you won't find a commercial protein bar that beats this one on flavor, texture, nutrition, or price! My batter ended up being noticeably thinner than AB's (not sure why, because I used exactly the same ingredients and measured them by weight just like he does. But they turned out great anyway. They ended up with a really nice soft, moist, slightly chewy texture, and very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these with an antioxidant fruit mix, some dried plums, and some unsweetened coconut... It's delicious!! Even my picky sister likes them. It's almost like dessert, and at such low calories and such high protein, I don't feel guilt eating them!! Every Alton recipe is spot on delicious, and the hunt for soy protein powder (I used EAS Vanilla Soy Protein- works great and easy to find! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The kids (2 and 5 years old love this one. We go through granola and cereal bars like crazy, so I thought this was worth a try. I'll definitely be making these again. The texture is like bread pudding. Not too peanut buttery. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love ab's shows and almost all his recipes. This particular recipe however I did not like, in fact this is the first time I outright threw the creation in the trash. I'm almost confident it is because I used Chinese soft tofu and not the shelf stable silken( maybe Greek yougert would be better here I thought tofu was flavorless until I cooked this, ( the tofu was not expired however no am mount of dried fruit the wonderful bread pudding texture or the peanut butter came out over that stupid pallet killing nothingness that is tofu. If your at all skeptical skip this one, I wish I did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Liked the flavor, a little complicated as are a lot of AB's stuff, but a decent product...a little on the expensive side to gather ingredients item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made my first batch exactly the same (only alteration was soy to whey protein. It was way too peanut-butter-y, and with so many different kinds of fruit, the fruit flavor was muddy and unclear. It was edible, but demanded alteration.Second time around, I switched the peanut butter for tahini (sesame butter and changed the sugar to 5oz, made my fruit selection primarily apricots and dried cranberries and added 2.5oz of chopped pecans. Everything else was the same, including bake time. The second batch is INCREDIBLY awesome. It honestly tastes like a toasty bread pudding. The nutty flavor is much more subdued, and the little bit of crunch from the pecans is perfect. Only using 2 primary fruits (in larger portions, total fruit weight was used, split between apricots, pecans, and cranberries let their flavor really shine through, too. Overall, I'd suggest using tahini or another nut butter and reducing the types of fruit to two or three at most. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Are you kidding? This is loaded with protein - almost all ingredients except fruit is a protein source! Wheat, bran, tofu, protein powder, peanut butter... item not reviewed by moderator and published
are YOU kidding? It has more grams of sugar than grams of protein per serving. Good grief item not reviewed by moderator and published

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