Welcome to another week of savings!
This week will be a recipe post and for those of you who read my previous recipe post, DIY Belvita Breakfast Cookies, you will already have a lot of the ingredients necessary for today’s post. When I have time to spare, Pinterest is my guilty pleasure. You can find so many cool recipes, photos, DIY/crafts etc. And that is where I found today’s recipe for these Chocolate Cranberry Nut Protein Bars via It’s a Delicious Life. The great thing about this recipe is that it is no bake!
Here we go! First, let’s say hello to all of our ingredients! Depending on how you like to bake there are two sections for the mix, Dry and Wet mix. Or if you bake like me you can just throw everything together and mix the crap out of it!
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whey protein (any flavour is good, vanilla or chocolate add a little bit extra, but plain is fine too)
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup applesauce (or any other fruit sauce)
1/4 cup dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Grease a large pan.
2. In a blender, combine the almonds and walnuts until finely chopped. – Or you can buy the nuts chopped and just use a knife to cut them into smaller pieces.
3. Combine all of the dry mix ingredients into a large bowl and stir until mixed.
4. In a microwave-safe bowl combine all of the wet mix ingredients and microwave until chocolate is mostly melted. Stir the contents until the mixture is smooth and combined.
5. Pour the wet mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined.
6. Pour the whole mixture into the pan and press down with fingers to cover the bottom of the pan.
7. Refrigerate for an hour before eating. Store in the fridge.
Et Voila! Your protein bars will look similar to this and hopefully taste just as great 🙂
Now you make ask, how did I save my money today? Well, as I do, I raid bulk barn to get the ingredients I need at a decent price. However, given the nutty content of these bars, I would actually suggest going to your local grocer and buying the packaged nuts. However, by chopped the nuts up into smaller piece you actually end up with more than you actually purchase; you can store the rest for another baking session. This will give your bars a better bite and keep your pantry stoked.
Below is a break down of what I spent… [Ingredients such as peanut butter, honey, vanilla etc were not calculated as these are pantry items and are usually on hand]
Dark Chocolate Waffers – 0.160kg @ $11.79/kg = $1.89 [this gave me about a cup]
Walnut Pieces – 0.050kg @ $89/kg = $1.45
Almond Pieces – 0.070kg @ $22/kg = $1.54
Quick Rolled Oats – 0.200kg @ $2.87/kg = $0.57 [About two cups]
Dried Cranberries – 0.105kg @ $14.45/kg = $1.52
Whey Protein – 0.236 @ $21.59/kg = $5.09
I hope you all enjoyed this recipe and plan on trying it out! I know life can get super busy sometimes but we all need to learn how to take some personal time and bake, go for a run or read a blog! Think about yourself, take a minute and make some of these Chocolate Cranberry Nut Protein Bars!
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