I love to cook, especially when I get a chance to experiment with new ingredients and flavour combinations. Be it a healthier slant on an old classic, a nutritional overhaul of a favourite comfort food or creating something completely different, if it is a success then I will share it here and to make it easier for people to try at home, the recipes will be in a format that can be quickly opened, printed and enjoyed.
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Protein Pow(d)er: For a healthier take on your favourite treats...with a bit of a protein kick, visit Anna Sward's site. Only down side is deciding what to try first http://www.proteinpow.com/
BSJ's Clean Kitchen: Fitness and food lover Beth Jones' recipe blog. Only recently started but already has some cracking recipes for some healthy snacks http://bsjcleankitchen.blogspot.co.uk/
Chris Shugart (T-Nation): His writing style may not be to everyone's taste but his cooking will please most. Lots of healthy recipe ideas and inspiration can be found at: http://tnation.t-nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_bodybuilding_velocity_recipe
Why pay for over-priced shop bought protein bars when you can make your own? Using the base ingredients you can make whatever flavour you want whilst being confident of the quality of the ingredients, something you might not be so sure of with those mass produced, profit orientated versions from the supplement companies! They can be frozen and then quickly defrosted so if you make a large batch you can be confident they won't go to waste.
Below are just a few of the flavours I have successfully tried....
My healthier take on the generic peanut, caramel and chocolate bar!!!
Right then, you need:
100g oat bran
100g unflavoured whey
50g coconut flour
150g 100% peanut butter
5ml toffee flav drops
150ml coconut milk
100g-150g 75% cocoa chocolate to cover.
Put oats, whey, coconut flour and salt into bowl and mix. Add the peanut butter and flav drops and a little of the coconut milk and mix. Bit by bit add the coconut milk and mix some more each time until the mixture starts to form a dough-like ball. Separate into 8 equal balls and shape each into a bar shape and put in fridge for 30mins. Melt chocolate and then cover each bar by dipping. Put back into fridge until chocolate sets...enjoy!
for those calorie conscience, each bar has Approx 20g protein, 18g (only 4g sugar) carbs, 19g healthy fat
Protein flap jack:
100g oats, 85g whey, 50g truvia (approx 20g of the finer stevia sweetners), 100g chopped nuts (I went 50:50 flaked almonds:hazelnuts), 100g peanut butter, 50g 80%cocoa chocolate, two eggs (beaten).
put all dry ingredients into bowl and mix. Add peanut butter and eggs and mix thoroughly. May need to use hands and also might have to add some water to loosen mixture. Once mixed through place into a greased baking tray and place in oven at 170 for 20mins or until browned