Monday, July 7, 2008

The Wimbledon Champ and the Olympian

In honor of Rafael Nadal, who defeated Roger Federer after the longest Wimbledon men's final in history yesterday (nearly 5 hours!), and Michael Phelps, who has competed in seven events and broken two world records at the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials (so far), I present a protein bar fit for a champion!

Cast of characters:
1 cup soy protein powder (I used vanilla flavored)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup puffed brown rice
1/2 cup oat bran
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups plain fat free yogurt
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. salt

2 mixing bowls
1 greased 9x13 pan
1 greased cookie sheet

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you're using a glass 9x13 pan, make it 325.

First, mix all of your dry ingredients together. If you use your hands, it's easier to get the brown sugar broken up.

When you finish, it will look something like this:

Next, whisk together the yogurt, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. You'll need to use your hands near the end as it has the texture of very stiff cookie dough.

Press the dough evenly into the greased 9x13 pan and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove the pan and cut into 16 bars. A pizza cutter is useful here.

Arrange the cut bars on a cookie sheet.

Return the bars to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. If you like crispier bars (I do), simply turn the oven off after 15 minutes and leave them in the warm oven for up to 45 minutes.

The facts (per bar): 205 calories, 6 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, and 16 grams of protein.

One of the great things about this recipe is it's versatility. If you want it to be dairy free, replace the yogurt with silken tofu, mashed banana, or applesauce. Trade out the chocolate chips for dried fruit and/or nuts if you want to go even healthier.


Terri said...

I just found your blog on the OH forum. Can't wait to try some of the recipes that you have come up with. I had my surgery this past Jan. and have lost 89 lbs.

Jill C. said...

Hey Neen! This is the Jill from the NU choral society. I just read your first few posts, and I never knew that you had that surgery. I just wanted to congratulate you on your weight-loss success since having it! I also keep a health-related blog here, although it's dormant right now. I started it for a class last fall and once the class ended, I no longer had time to work on it. I really miss it, though, and intend to pick it back up again. I've had my share of serious weight issues as well, of various types, so I applaud you for having done so well!

mm said...

Delish! I would love to pass this along.

Anonymous said...

OH I just found your blog by one of your OH posts. I can't wait to try your protein bars ~ and some others.