Cinnamon Bun Protein Granola Bars

We use a decent amount of protein powder in our house.  I always love trying new brands and flavors and over the years have gradually made the switch from whey protein powders to [mostly] plant-based ones.  I prefer plant-based protein powders simply because they are easier on my stomach.  I have also had better success with plant-based protein powders when it comes to baking; they seem to handle heat better than animal-based ones.

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My favorite ways to use protein powder are in smoothies and eaten with kefir and berries.  When I bake with it, I often just make single serving mug cakes (like the one here) but I was in the mood for making my own protein bar, which is what led to this creation.  These Cinnamon Bun Protein Granola Bars are soft and similar to a granola bar, but contain a decent amount of protein and fat.  These protein granola bars do not contain any added sugars (sweetened from the protein powder and raisins) and are gluten free.  And yes, they taste like Cinnamon Buns!

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Cinnamon Bun Protein Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon Bun Protein Powder (Vanilla flavored will work too)
  • 2 Tbsp gelatin
  • 1/4 Cup raisins
  • 1/4 Cup coconut butter, room temp
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 Cup salted macadamia nuts
  • 2 egg whites (6 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 Cup gluten free oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in food processor except oats.  Blend well.
  3. Add oats to mixture and pulse a few times.
  4. Remove dough from food processor and spread into an 8″ x 8″ glass pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool on drying rack.  Slice into bars (I made 8) once cool.

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For this recipe I used MRM Veggie Elite Cinnamon Bun Protein Powder.  I have seen this plant-based protein powder all over Instagram and since I’m always on the lookout for a great new protein option I wanted to give this brand a try.  Right away I was impressed with the cost, as I thought it was lower than many high quality protein powders.  The taste is extremely sweet, so a little goes a long way, but I enjoy using small scoops of it in my smoothies and baking.  So overall, I liked it and I would purchase it again.

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What ways do you like to use protein powder?  Do you have a favorite brand?

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