I'm the type of person who needs to eat *a lot* throughout the day to stay feeling full. One thing I've found is that protein bars are the perfect snack, they do well on the go and they can keep me feeling full for hours. I've settled on the fact that I love Clif bars. I always keep them on hand and I would say I eat one most days of the week.
As mentioned, groceries right now are my biggest barrier to being zero waste. So the first thing I wanted to tackle was my daily snack by seeing if I could make my own protein bars at home. Not only would this reduce the amount of plastic packaging I am buying on a semi-weekly basis, but it would save me money too because those bars are not cheap!
I found This Recipe from Chew Out Loud for a 5 ingredient, no bake protein bar. This was perfect for me because I already had everything needed on hand at home. The only downside is that my protein powder is in a plastic container, meaning once I run out I will need to find a suitable replacement.
In a medium pot combine milk, peanut butter and honey over low heat. Stir until well combined.
Add protein powder and oats. Stir to combine well, add more milk if it looks too thick.
Lightly grease an 8 x 8 pan and press mixture into the pan evenly. Allow the bars to cool completely.
These bars came out good and I will definitely eat my whole batch. I do find them to be quite filling also. However, mine came out looking nothing like the photo and are quite sticky, I don't think these are great for travel and I have to eat mine with a fork because it's not firm enough to hold on it's own.
Given that this recipe was rather simple I doubt I could have done anything incorrectly. I like them but I don't love them. I'm going to test out some new protein bar recipes over the next few weeks to find a true Clif bar replacement!
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