No Bake Protein Energy Bars

Flavorful no bake protein energy bars are made with simple ingredients including  dates, dried cranberries, pistachios , orange zest and whey protein. Capefearnutrition.com (9)

Is your breakfast boring? Mine is. I hate to admit it, but for the past month, I have succumbed to peeling off the wrapper of a protein energy bar as my morning ritual.  It’s true. I ‘m not feasting on  Vegetable Frittata or dining on Dutch pancakes.  Ninety percent of the time, breakfast is a commerical bar.. and it’s ho hum. I had to laugh when I read the Recipe Redux theme for this month…

Break Out of Breakfast Boredom

Cooks aren’t always pressed for time in the mornings – they just need new ideas. Think mug cakes, smoothie bowls, breakfast cookies and more. Show us the healthy way you wake up your breakfast – or wake up just for breakfast!

I felt like they  were politely calling me out.  Were they?  But honestly, what I prepare for the blog, is what I’m eating.  Trust me, right now,  a simple bar with protein and energy is a perfect fit. So I bring you my custom,  made from scratch, no bake,  protein energy bars…

IMG_3835Light, yet satisfying, for small morning appetites, these bars have 180 calories, 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and no added sugar. Here are the six  ingredients you’ll need..Bi Pro Unflavored Whey ProteinIt takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish, but quicker if you use a food processor (I chopped dried fruit by hand cause I’m weird that way.) Once you combine all ingredients press into the bottom of a loaf pan, (I used the narrow 30 cm breadmould I scored at TJ Maxx). IMG_3761Let them sit for about 15 minutes and then cut into three pretty bars..IMG_3780

You can enjoy them right away or wrap in waxed paper for later in the week. Be sure to check out the links below for more ways to break out of breakfast boredom!

No Bake Protein Energy Bar

serves 3

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios
  • 1  teaspoon orange zest
  • 22 grams (about 1/3 cup)  Unflavored Whey Protein
  • 1- 2  tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

1. Finely mince dried cranberries and dates by hand or in a food processor. Place in mixing bowl.

2. Add halved pistachios and orange zest.

3. Add whey protein. Stir until evenly incorporated, adding orange juice only as needed to aid mixing.

4. Press mixture into a 8″ x 4″ loaf pan. Let sit 15 minutes. Cut into 3 bars. Individually wrap in waxed paper.

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