Snow Problem Protein Bars

protein barsWe got a little snow here in Virginia last week. 30 inches, to be exact. Life as usual has ground to a halt. School’s been out for a week. My enterprising teenager spent two days shoveling and made his first million…well, a tidy sum. He improved his negotiating skills, too. I got to run in my yaktrax, which hadn’t seen the light (or snow) in a while. I caught up on some reading and studying. And I had time to bake.

You’d think we hadn’t had a warning. Not two days after the storm, community facebookers were talking about provisions running low and asking if Walmart was open yet. I could manage for weeks on what’s normally in the house (4 dozen eggs and 2 gallons of milk is standard in a house with a teen who grows an inch every time I turn my back and a preteen who makes the energizer bunny look lethargic), although the teen did declare an emergency when we ran out of chocolate syrup. And the coffee situation was looking grim until I remembered there was some tasty Puerto Rican coffee in the freezer from my last trip there a year ago. Ah, to be in PR right now…

The point is, we had plenty of food. In fact, there was food that HAD to be eaten, including this package of tofu that was about to expire:

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“I’m firm…” Talking Tofu…who knew?!

I wondered how bad expired tofu could be…but didn’t want to find out, so I decided to use it to make protein bars. I modified an Alton Brown recipe to suit what was in my pantry, since I clearly wasn’t going shopping. Some of the mods were, I feel, better than in the original recipe. For instance, I subbed tart cherry juice for the apple juice as tart cherry juice is a known anti-inflammatory, and I used walnuts instead of dried fruit, which are great sources of omega 3 fats as well as powerful antioxidants.

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I’m known for substituting ingredients…it usually works!

Making these protein-packed snacks is super easy: you just combine the dry ingredients…

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…blend the wet stuff, including the talking tofu…

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I made a video of everything blending in the blender but it’s really a bit pointless

…and then combine…

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I know, very helpful image…

The hardest part is trying to get the parchment paper to stay in the baking dish while spraying it…I just gave up and let the weight of the mix push it into the dish.

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Yes, I took a picture of myself spraying the parchment paper, and since that was a feat in itself, it’s going on the blog.

…squish it down in the pan and flatten the top…

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…then bake for 35 mins. And there you have it. The recipe is below so try it out and let me know how it went in the comments. And of course feel free to make any substitutions!

Snow Problem Tofu Protein Bars
Print Recipe
Deliciously dense, remarkably tasty protein bars made with silky tofu and your choice of protein powder.
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 25 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 25 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Snow Problem Tofu Protein Bars
Print Recipe
Deliciously dense, remarkably tasty protein bars made with silky tofu and your choice of protein powder.
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 25 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 25 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: bars
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of a 13x9-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil spray. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, wheat/oat bran, coconut flour, wheat germ, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the tofu, tart cherry juice, and eggs in a blender. Blend in the brown sugar and nut butter. Pour the blended ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine well. Add the walnuts and coconut.
  4. Spread evenly in the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 mins. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Recipe Notes

Recipe modified from Alton Brown's Protein Bars Recipe, available on the Food Network.

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Comments

  1. Way to make lemonade out of lemons…or snow bars out of snow days? They look delish but where’s the chocolate? 😛
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