Spiced Peach + Date Protein + Fiber Bars

by Sarah on August 27, 2012 · 15 comments

When Heather decided that the D in Meatless Mondays A-Z would be Dates–I immediately thought of the Larabar impersonators I used to make, aptly named Sara(h)bars.*

*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.

Spiced Peach + Date Protein + Fiber Bars were the result. :)

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…

Maybe instead of ‘Z’ Bars we can pretend Zorro was a six-year-old with reversal issues learning his letters who got confused and made these S Bars instead?

Spiced Peach and Date Protein Fiber Bars

by Sarah Pember

 

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean August 27, 2012 at 6:29 am

yummmm this sounds like a great combo!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

These look like a win. I also can’t wait to hear more about that protein.

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Kaitlin @ A Taste of Bulmer August 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

These look fabulous! I am always on the prowl for bar recipes that add a fiber and protein punch. I also love the idea of that plant protein powder. I’m excited to hear what you think about it!!

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Calee (@chimes) August 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

you would use your food processor. :)

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

i’m going to post a picture of myself today on IG and tag you. beware. ;)

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Sarah August 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I’m kind of scared right now.

And by ‘kind of’ I mean I have been checking my phone at regular intervals to determine what fate you have in store for me.

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Cari August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

these bars look super tasty! i’m definitely going to have to try them out soon :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Yumm!!! I want these… now! I can’t wait to hear what you thought of the plant fusion. I use sunwarrior but it is so dang expensive!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile August 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Omg yuuuuuummm!!!

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Meg August 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

these look phenomenal! great ingredients!!!!!!!!

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Ashley @ Freckles and Spice August 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

These look great! Love the ginger/ peach combo. I also need to go to TJ’s and find these dried white peaches.

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

I am the SAME way when it comes to Larabars…there just never seems to be enough! Great idea to add the protein powder for staying power…and hello? Tastes like cake? I will be anxiously awaiting that review/giveaway! No holding out now! ;)

PS, I swear you come up with the BEST flavor combos! Peach, ginger, and pecan? Hello deliciousness! Wonder how the dried persimmons would go in this? AMAZING I’m sure!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies August 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

This looks awesome! I always say I want to make more bars like this for snacks at work (and emergency car treats). I have some dried persimmons that would be good in this too… :)

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