Meet Mike. He’s my neighbor.
Mike is also a lifter like me. We bond over this fact; and over time, we’ve become friends. About two months ago, he invited me over to try his homemade protein bars. My life has never been the same.
But, before we get too far – let me explain why I would be excited about protein bars.
When you’re a “lifter,” you’re always looking for more ways to get protein – especially after your workouts. By lifting heavy weights, you actually tear down your muscle fibers and force them to rebuild. In order to rebuild correctly (without tearing down your other muscle fiber for the building material) it’s recommended that you consume 40 grams of easily digestible protein post workout. Protein is like the building blocks for your muscle.
Any protein could work, but some work better than others. Whey protein has been shown to be easily digested and readily utilized for muscle rebuilding. That’s why you always see lifters with some kind of “protein shake” post-workout. We’re not drinking it because we’re thirsty. :) We’re drinking it because we want to rebuild.
Back to Mike and his Delicious Protein Bars…
Mike had figured out a way to use whey protein powder to make a kind of peanut butter chocolate protein bar. As I am always a fan of peanut butter and chocolate together, I marched my self right over there to investigate his work.
It was soooo good.
After trying it, I made him promise that the next time he made these he would invite me over for the making process… and let me blog about it.
He agreed, because he’s just a nice guy like that. So… here you go! The best protein bars I’ve ever tasted. Homemade. (By a dude, no less!)
Recipe: Delicious Protein Bars
*I caution you, Mike is a real man and real men do not believe in recipes. I have estimated his measurements to the best of my abilities. The measurements are not precise – don’t fret over it.
- 1.5-2 C Peanut Butter
- 1/3 C Honey
- 3 1/2 Scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
- 1.5-2 C Old-fashioned Oatmeal
- Sprinkle of Raw Almonds
- Light Sprinkle of Raisins
- 2 Eggs, whole
- Add Honey and Peanut Butter to a medium mixing bowl
- Heat Peanut Butter and Honey in microwave for 90 seconds
- Remove (careful! it will be hot!) and add all remaining ingredients.
- Stir thoroughly.
- Press into a 9×9 or 8×8 baking pan.
- Cut into 16 squares and refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts: 1 Bar, 286 calories, 18 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrate, 15 grams of protein, 183 mg sodium.
**Remember, these are not a snack food. These are meant for post workout or for meal replacement as they are high in calories.
Thank you, Mike, for sharing your delicious recipe and being such a great neighbor!