So Cameron’s been wanting to try making our own homemade protein bars instead of buying Clif Bars. Saturday, we experimented and came up with what he likes to call “Peanut-Butter Power Pucks”. Don’t let the tongue twister name scare you, they’re super easy to make! They’re perfect for a meal replacement, hiking bar, or pre/post workout bar.
|Peanut-Butter Power Pucks
Butter a baking sheet and spread the rolled oats onto it, drizzle about 1Tbs. honey over oats and place them into a oven at 325 and let them bake (stirring frequently) until toasted brown. After toasting, pulse the oats and the sunflower seeds in a food processor until medium pulverized. (If you like, you can leave a portion of the oats and seeds un-chopped for texture) Mix all ingredients together. Form mixture into approximately 1/4 cup servings. Wrap each serving tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerate or freeze. Yeilds about 18 Pucks
And now, a word from Cameron: _______________________________________________________________ Before we started on the Peanut-butter Power Pucks, we had 4 criteria we wanted to meet:
- Each Power Puck should have roughly the same caloric content of a Clif Bar.
- Only all-natural, healthy ingredients can be used
- Less expensive to produce than it is to purchase a Clif Bar
- Easy and rapid production process
I feel satisfied that we met these criteria and we did so in these ways: Each Power Puck should have roughly the same caloric content of a Clif Bar. Cliff bars contain (depending on the flavor) between 240 and 270 calories. Seeing as our house is not currently equipped with a state-of-the-art calorimeter and a team of lab technicians, we just estimated the calorie content per serving based on the calories contained in the ingredients: Each Power Puck contains (roughly):
2 TB Unsweetened Peanut Butter 200(click to see calorie data) 1 TB Roasted Sunflower Seeds 52 ¾ TB Honey
48 ¾ TB Chopped Raisins 10 2 TB Rolled oats, Toasted 20 Total Calories: (aprox)
We made each Power Puck roughly ¼ cup in size. If you wanted them to be less calories, just make the portions smaller. Only all-natural, healthy ingredients can be used A lot of granola bars or other so-called “meal replacement” bars contain preservatives that enable them to have a long shelf life, making them a perfect choice for a bomb shelter stock pile. However, the preservatives, along with things like high-fructose corn syrup, sucralose, and soy or whey protein, work together to give them a flavor that I would describe as unpleasant. In our Power Pucks, we used simple, healthy ingredients, available from your local grocery store or gas station. It contains no preservatives, so you have to freeze or refrigerate them. Less expensive to produce than it is to purchase a Clif Bar This post is starting to get wordy so I wont bother you with another table detailing the cost breakdown of the ingredients. We estimated, based on ingredient cost how much each Power Puck cost, and here is the grand total (compared with unit cost of Clif Bars):
1 Cliff Bar 1 Peanut-Butter Power Puck $ .80 – 1.00 $ .45
Easy and rapid production process It took Katy and I about 1 hour to make the first batch of Power Pucks, and that was with experimenting with the ingredients, trial runs, and backtracking. I’m sure the next batch will take about 15 – 20 minutes total. The only baking involved is the toasting of the rolled oats. If you had some home-made granola standing by you could substitute that for the oats and eliminate all baking from the process. In conclusion, we had a lot of fun making these Power Pucks and I look forward to eating them.