I love to make homemade power bars. They are so much better than store-bought options–better quality ingredients, frugal, no wasteful packaging–and are perfect for quick, nutritious snacks and mini-meals any time of day.
But as much as I enjoy my naturally sweet creations, I’ve long wanted to create a savory power bar, one completely absent of sweet ingredients that is every bit as portable and variable as homemade granola bars, larabars, and clif bars. I know I am not alone on this subject : I’ve received countless requests for just such a bar for years from fellow fitness enthusiasts, backpackers, and snackers, but it took me forever to figure out a feasible, delicious, convenient and affordable way to do it.
I am so excited about these bars! They are delicious, a cinch to prepare, frugal, gluten-free, vegan, and perfectly portable for every kind of venture.
One of my star ingredients is familiar–cooked quinoa–but the other key player, unsweetened pea protein powder, requires a bit of explanation. Pea protein powder is a high protein, versatile protein powder made from yellow peas. It is naturally gluten-free, vegan, allergen-free,easy-to-digest, low in calories, and low in fat; it has a fine powdery texture and neutral flavor, which means you can add it to smoothies, soups, baked goods, and more for a boost of protein and overall nutrition.
I’ve been using pea protein powder for a few years, but I want to note that I used Growing Naturals Pea Protein in these bars; the company was kind enough to send me samples of their protein powders and I am loving them! The texture is much finer than any other pea protein I’ve used, and I also love that it is raw (which is not the case for several other pea protein powders).
I use 1/2 cup of the pea protein powder in these bars, but if you want to make an even higher protein bar, simply omit the 1/2 cup oats and add another 1/2 cup of pea protein. Conversely, if you do not have pea protein, you can still make these bars simply by increasing the total amount of oats to 1 cup.
The possibilities for variations with these bars is vast. For example, add different spices or herbs, and use any combination of nuts and seeds that you like. I’ll be sharing some of my own flavor combinations and variations in the days to come.
In the meantime, get busy baking! I know that you are going to love these bars as much as I do!
Add the pea protein powder, cooked quinoa, chia seeds, pistachios, almonds, salt, milk, and (optional) pepper and (optional) nutritional yeast, stirring until blended.
Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and firmly set at center. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely in the pan.
Remove bars from pan and cut into 10 bars. Individually wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 4 days, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.
Extra-High Protein Bar: Omit the oats and increase the toal amount of pea protein powder to 1 cup. This will result in the following nutrition stats per bar: 156 calories, 13 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 8 g fat. No Protein Powder Bar: Omit the protein powder and increase the total amount of oats to 1 cup. This will result in the following nutrition stats per bar: 144 calories, 6 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 5 g fat.
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Saturday 29th of August 2020
Made the recipe without any modifications. QUITE nice! I'll be making them again. It made me think of a savory baked hot cereal, much like a firm baked oatmeal. Lovely!
Sunday 30th of August 2020
Wednesday 6th of April 2016
Would yellow pea flour work? I could grind them on extra fine.
Just looking to use ingredients already in the house.
Thanks for coming up with a savory option; too much sweets, even
natural ones, makes me nuts after a while.
Monday 16th of May 2016
I am not sure about the yellow pea flour; the pea protein has a lot of the fiber removed from it, so you may need to adjust the ratios and experiement a bit. I completely agree about the sweet bars getting monotonous! :)
Thursday 4th of February 2016
Are your carb counts gross or net for these? I am vegan, and have a whole cannister of pea protein that I need to use up, but need to keep my carbs under 100 per day
Thursday 4th of February 2016
They are gross carbs. Hope that helps!
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