*Spiced Apple + Cashew (S)ara(h)bars are still pretty phenomenal in my taste memory…[I also thought of the date pieces in oat flour from bulk bins I can consume more rapidly than might be intestinally healthy....and had to purchase because--thansk to this--I started craving them.]Because I happened to have an excess of dried white peaches from Trader Joe’s left from a needs-some-work Nutty Butter experiment over the summer……I started out anticipating a new incarnation of the Sara(h)bar for this week’s alphabetic challenge.But the thing about (S)ara(h)bars is that they were small. And the thing about Larabars is that they never keep me satisfied. So even though both are incredibly tasty, I needed to somehow turn the concept into a more substantial, filling bar.After perusing a number of Homemade Clif, Luna, and Z Bar recipes online, I eventually just decided–in typical Miss Smart fashion--to wijust throw a bunch of stuff together and see what happened.
I knew I wanted to up the protein in the bars, and, lucky for me, I had some Plant Fusion unflavored protein powder* that the company so generously mailed me.
*I love this stuff. The vanilla verson tastes like cake. Review and giveaway soon….A mix of quick-cooking oats, applesauce, and unflavored protein powder comes together pretty tastily……with just a dash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to help smooth everything out.Add in the chopped dates and peaches, along with a bunch of cinnamon and ginger, and just a pinch of salt.For extra fun, pour in some brown rice crisps cereal.Mush and mash it all together. [The fork is just for show...because you really should just get your hands dirty. ]Smush it all into a cooking-sprayed square pan…press in pecans if you wish.* Bake for 20 minutes or so at 350 degrees, until the edges are browned.
*You’ve really got to press them in, or else they will all fall off later. Not that I know from personal experience or anything…I debated about how big to cut these, actually. After calculating the nutritional stats, one-quarter of the recipe is about 300 calories with 8 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein.So, if you want to use it as a part of breakfast (topped with a little yogurt, maybe?) cutting into quarters would be perfect.But I like school snacks, so I went with making eight bars. [Plus, I can still crumble one up on my oatmeal in the morning...or my bedtime yogurt or cereal nighttime nosh.* ]
*Both of which I’m pretty darn excited about right now…
Spiced Peach and Date Protein Fiber Bars
- 3/4 cup pitted dates
- 3/4 cup dried peaches
- 30 g (about 7 Tbsp.) unflavored protein powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or soy milk for even more protein)
- 3/4 cup brown rice crisp cereal
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2-4 Tbsp. chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, pulse together dates and peaches until finely chopped.
Combine protein powder, oats, applesauce, and almond milk in a medium-sized bowl, stirring well.
Add in dried fruit, spices, and cereal.
Use your hands to mush and mash everything together.
Press mixture into an 8″-square pan, topping with pecans if desired.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are browned.
Eat warm or store in a sealed container.