I have a confession to make: ever since ya’ll told me about heating up Quest bars in the microwave and eating them, that’s been my nighttime snack a couple nights a week.
I went from never eating bars in the house, to enjoying them regularly before bed! A quick source of protein that tastes like a treat. Kind to my blood sugar and my taste buds
Well…I’m running low of cookie dough Quest Bars, and if you’ve ever bought one before, you know they’re a little pricey! So yesterday afternoon after completing a baking project for a freelance article, I figured since I had the Kitchenade mixer out, I’d try my hand at making a super-quick cookie dough protein bar. And when I say super-quick, I mean super..duper quick!
Now, I’m still a proponent of getting in my protein through complete amino acids via whole foods, but when meat or dairy or eggs do not sound good, protein powder comes to the rescue!
Since I had an earlier dinner because of weird training times, come 8:30, while catching up with Breaking Bad, (!!!) I was feeling a little hungry. I had one of these bars with a little coconut milk last night for my nighttime snack, and it hit the spot.
1/2 c. vanilla protein powder (I used Tera’s Whey)
1/2 c. almond meal
1/2 c. almond butter (I used TJ’s – it’s pretty drippy!)
1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. chocolate, chopped
Stir together until well combined. Press a piece of tinfoil in a pan, and spray with a bit of nonstick spray. Press the dough into the pan to desired thickness, and freeze for 1-3 hours. Cut into bars, and store in the freezer or the refrigerator.
Do you eat a nighttime snack?