Nick and I recently found a fantastic and delicious protein powder from Arbonne. We have tried all of the big names on the market, and all of them left us feeling a little blah. They were chalky or gritty or had an unpleasant flavor. To be fair, we aren’t using protein shakes as a workout recovery, but it’s great to have breakfast or lunch on the go that is satisfies and keeps us full until the next meal. So far we’ve only ordered the vanilla, but we’ve been really happy with it. It’s super creamy and smooth and doesn’t have any weird aftertaste.
But this post isn’t about Arbonne, this is about protein bars. My Arbonne rep gave me a recipe and then I took it and totally made it my own! (with some great ideas from Nick, too) These bars are a great snack. Nick and I have recently decided not to do sweets throughout the week, so these are a great thing to grab when we’re feeling like we need something a little sweet that isn’t just empty calories.
Give these a go if you’re looking for a little extra hit to your afternoon snack. They’ll satisfy and keep you full! It’s a win-win.
Power Protein Bars
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup chocolate powdered peanut butter
3/4 cup equal parts agave nectar and brown rice syrup
1 1/2 cups gluten free steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups gluten free puffed rice cereal
1 cup nut butter (I used cashew, but any would work!)
Mix dry ingredients together until well combined. Slowly add wet ingredients until completely incorporated. Spread into an even layer into an 8×8-inch baking pan and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into bars. If you’d prefer, you can roll them into balls before refrigerating.