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. no bake protein energy bars

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). no bake protein energy bars are made in a loaf panLet them sit for about 15 minutes and then cut into three pretty bars..No Bake Protein Energy Bars

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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Paprika Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked sweet potato fries are a perfect way to enjoy the bounty of winter produce. paprika  baked sweet potato friesDisclosure: I received a Produce Box, mentioned here, free of charge. I was not expected to write this post. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

Somethings just truly amaze me.. like landing on the moon, giving birth to a baby, the beauty of a sunset, and local fresh produce in the dead of winter ..IMG_2946

This box from the Produce Box  was delivered to my door step the first week of February.  Deliveries  for 2016 have begun! The Produce Box brings the farmer’s market to your door! You choose what you want to order and skip a week if you need to anytime. As a member you support over 50 local farmers and give back to their communities. SIGN UP HERE.(North Carolina residents only.)

This year, Laura is sharing recipes for EVERYING in your box. Today I’m posting one of them: Paprika Sweet Potato Fries. This pub food is made healthier with use of olive oil and by baking , not frying. I used smoked paprika in lieu of plain for a deep woodsy flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong. If you haven’t already, be sure to become a member of the Produce Box  so you can enjoy delicious meals that start with local, fresh ingredients.paprika baked sweet potato fries

Paprika Sweet Potato Fries

by Laura, The Produce Box

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inche wedges
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss all ingredients together on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, turning once, until tender and browned.

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