There are some beliefs in the fitness world that come and go, but one thing that has remained in place is a dependence on protein.
Absolutely nobody would disagree that if you want those bulging biceps, and the toned torso – protein simply must be central to your diet.
It rebuilds those muscle fibres that we have been working hard at the gym to stretch and it just hastens the whole muscle building process.
Fortunately, we don’t always have to turn to protein shakes to turn our bodies into the above. There are other options out there and through the rest of this guide, we’ll turn to one of the tastiest. Read on to find out just how to make your own protein bars.
- 400g Uncooked Oatmeal
- 340g Peanut Butter
- 250ml Coconut Cream
- 150g Whey Vanilla Protein Powder
Firstly, take your can of coconut cream and drain any of the excess milk that might have found its way in there. Pour the cream into a bowl and begin to mix until the mixture is smooth.
Then, add your vanilla whey protein powder and continue to whisk until the mix once again finds that smooth texture.
The next step involves adding the peanut butter. Again, you’re looking to mix everything together in the best possible fashion although this time don’t be concerned if the texture isn’t quite as smooth as you’d like.
Once the previous step is complete, you’ll now be set to add the final ingredient; the uncooked oatmeal. Mix it in with the other ingredients, although don’t be concerned about using your hands at this stage as the mixture will have become very thick and lumpy.
Following on from the above, it’s time to flatten everything out. Place it in a dish and flatten – ready to place into a fridge for a minimum of three hours. Preferably, you’ll be looking to keep it cold overnight.
Once the dish has set, it’s time to break it off into bars. From the quantities that you have used, you will probably be looking for 12-16 pieces. The bars should be kept refrigerated at all times.
The Fine Details
As we mentioned above, you’ll ideally be looking to create somewhere between twelve and sixteen bars. As a guideline to just what your body will be consuming, twelve bars will constitute around 388 calories per bar, and 24g of protein. If you’ve managed to carve out sixteen, you’ll be looking at 288 calories and 15g of protein.
It’s also worth mentioning that there are plenty of substitute ingredients that you can turn to. While we selected vanilla whey protein in this example, you could quite easily use another type depending on your taste preferences.
Alternative, coconut milk could be used instead of the cream, while coconut butter could be a replacement for the peanut butter. There are plenty of variations, but the most important thing is that the protein intake remains the same.
An End Note
In summary, we all know the power of protein. Just to reiterate; this is the ingredient that could quite possibly be the difference between you succeeding or failing in your body image goals.
The beauty about this recipe is that you don’t have to rely on some ludicrously priced commercial brand to stick to your increased protein intake.
Anyone who has taken a look at some of the bars available in gyms will know just how deep your pockets have to be, and by following a recipe such as the above you can save money whilst building muscles that were once just impossible to even dream of.
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