Lately I’ve been working on building some muscle mass and upping my protein intake. I love eating healthy consistently, but boy oh boy is it a challenge finding creative, yummy, and all the while healthy food to eat. I seriously can’t handle the “apple and almond” snack that is so often recommended. Like seriously, do I want to eat an apple and a handful of almonds? No. No I do not.
Today was the day for a little experimenting in my kitchen. It has been sooooo long, and I have been yearning to get back to some of my old eating habits. I had so much fun eating healthy in my past. I also had time to bake and cook all the time. Unfortunately convenience has won this Mommy’s mouth. Seriously, I have become the person I never thought possible. You know who I mean right? The boring mommy snacker who has no time to bake so I snack on pre-made store-bought boring food all day type of person. *Insert blood curdling scream.
I can’t handle it anymore. My taste buds are begging me for some flavour and freshness. I’m sick of eating plain cottage cheese because I don’t have time for anything else. TODAY IS THE DAY ladies and gentlemen. Fasten your seat-belts for a good healthy, easy recipe.
- 1 cup oat flour (to make - pour large flake oats into food processor or blender until it resembles flour)
- 1/2 cup unflavored, or vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup xylitol (low sugar option) or other sweetener of choice
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup 0% plain or vanilla greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/2 lime, juice only *optional - add zest of 1/2 lime
- 5 drops lime essential oil (food grade. ex, Young Living brand)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
- In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over stir.
- Pour the mixture into the baking dish lined with parchment paper, and bake for 30 minutes. Test with a knife to see if it comes out clean. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting into 16 squares.
- Best eaten fresh and warm. Refrigerate leftovers or freeze for later.
- Try enjoying these squares with a dollop of yogurt and a squeeze of lime juice on top! Especially if the bars need moistening up after a couple days in the fridge.