A homemade version of the real food based Nutrabolic Feed Bars. Our copycat version has a similar macronutrient profile including over 20g of protein per bar!
Our version of the tasty "Feed" protein bars which you can find at most supplement stores in Saskatoon is packed with the same whole food ingredients. Whey protein, honey, oats, nut butter, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and ground flax make the base. Then, a layer of chocolate is spread on top making these bars extra satisfying! We like to prioritize at least 20g of protein at most meals which make these bars an excellent on-the-go breakfast or an energy sustaining afternoon snack!
COPYCAT 'FEED' BARS
We sliced the bars into larger pieces to replicate the nutritional breakdown of the original bars. However, you can also cut these bars into 16 squares for a snack-size portion or a protein-packed, dessert-like square!
- ½ cup (120g) almond butter or peanut butter
- ½ cup (160g) honey or maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 scoops unflavoured or vanilla whey isolate*
- ¼ cup (60mL) water
- 2 cups (160g) quick oats
- 1 tbsp (10g) chia seeds
- 1 tbsp (10g) ground flax
- 1 tbsp (10g) hemp hearts
- 2 tablespoons (15g) sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup (60g) chocolate chips
* we relied on the sugar in the honey to sweeten this recipe and opted for an unflavoured (ie. unsweetened) whey isolate that we purchased from Supplement King in Saskatoon which is also where we purchase the 'original' FEED bars. You can use a flavoured protein powder if you prefer but it will change the flavour of the bars!
- Combine the nut butter, honey, salt, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Next, mix in the whey isolate and water. Combine thoroughly. It will take a lot of mixing as the whey isolate absorbs a lot of liquid.
- Then, add the oats and all of the seeds. If the mixture is too crumble-y and thick then add an extra 1-2 tablespoon of water! However, be careful not to add too much water as the bars will become very sticky!
- Use a spatula or your hands to press the oat mixture into an 8x8 parchment lined baking sheet.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 15 second intervals until fully melted. Then, use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate on top of the oat mixture in a thin layer! Dietitian Tip: Make sure to lick the spatula afterwards to enjoy all of the chocolate-y goodness (haha!).
- Let set in the freezer for one hour or the fridge for 2 hours before slicing into bars. When sliced into 10 bars the recipe mimics the nutrition breakdown of the original bars. However, you may also decide to cut them into 16 squares to enjoy as a smaller desert or snack option!
When shopping for a protein bar we like to look for >15g of protein and >3g of fibre per bar. This is because a balance of protein, fibre, and healthy fats helps to delay the digestion and absorption of the carbohydrate source in the bar for steady blood sugars and stable energy levels. These bars are protein-packed with 22g of protein when cut into 10 bars!
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