When I started weightlifting a few years ago, I stumbled upon Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer on accident. By the way, have you seen her? She’s simply awe-inspiring and definitely one my favorite fitness models. So, naturally, I thought doing her weightlifting program would instantly give me her body. :) That makes perfect sense, right? :)
Well, I don’t look like Jamie Eason and that’s alright. That trainer led me on a path to my own fitness and showed me how much weightlifting can change my body composition. Not only did the trainer have great workouts as well as meal ideas but my favorite thing was her homemade protein bar recipes. I love to bake and I had yet to find a “healthy” protein bar on the market that met my stipulations (plant-based, low fat, and full of fiber.) These homemade bars were perfect to make ahead of time and they helped me stay away from fast food quick stops in those early days.
But because I am super picky, I had to make a few changes. First, I had to omit the sugar substitute (stevia and/or sugar alcohols), simply because I don’t like the way they taste. Also, I removed whey and other supplements from my diet so my new recipe needed a protein replacement. I used my favorite plant based protein powder because it contains so many superfoods, is very minimally processed and adds fiber to the protein bars.
So, without further ado, here is my whole food plant-based version of Jamie’s protein bars.
What you’ll need:
2 scoops Juice Plus Complete French Vanilla
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar (optional – I don’t add this but if you have a little leeway in your diet for sugar, go ahead and add it in!)
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 tsp cinnamon sugar
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg whites
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 oz water
How to make them
Preheat your oven to 350.
Spray a 8 x 8 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
Combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
Combine the wet ingredients and add to the dry ingredients until incorporated.
Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min.
Makes 8 bars.
If you try them out, please drop me a line and let me know what you think!
stay happy, friends!