There are lots of apple pies in the world, but none of them are high-protein fitness treats, per se.
But hope springs eternal in my world (especially in the kitchen). So here’s my solution: no-bake, high-protein, apple pie inspired power pucks.
You can even pile them sky-high:
These are made with a combination of applesauce (for the apple flavor), plus plant-based vanilla protein powder, ground oats, coconut flour, and almond butter. Vanilla, sweet spices and a splash of lemon juice clinch the apple pie flavor.
No worries about slicing these bars; making them in a muffin tin eliminates the fuss of cutting into equally sized rectangles.
I decided to do a final taste-testing, accompanied by a spicy ginger kombucha, while hiking around the baseball field during one of Nick’s baseball practices tonight. The night was balmy, the sky indigo, and the apple and spice-scented protein bar as delicious and all-American as…you know what.
Have a happy weekend, everyone!Print
DIY apple pie protein bars, made with extra ease (no cutting!) in a muffin tin. Vegan, gluten-free, and no-bake, they are 143 calories and 10.4 grams of plant protein apiece.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup vanilla rice protein powder
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (or preferred nut or seed butter)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: a few oats, a sprinkle of raw (Turbinado) sugar
- Grease or spray 5 cups of a standard size muffin tin.
- In a food processor, process the oats into a fine powder. Add the protein powder, coconut flour, spice and salt; pulse to combine. Add the applesauce, almond butter, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla; pulse until completely blended, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl.
- Divide dough into 5 equal portions; roll each into a ball. Press 1 ball into each prepared cup, tamping down with a measuring cup to flatten. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set. If desired, sprinkle tops with a bits of oats and/or raw sugar.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.
- Category: portable power puck, snack
- Serving Size: 1 puck
- Calories: 143
- Sugar: 5.5 g
- Sodium: 103 mg
- Fat: 4.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Fiber: 4.3 g
- Protein: 10. 4 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg