Protein is an essential nutrient and is necessary for virtually every process within your cells. Protein intake is imperative for supporting collagen, cartilage and muscle (just to name a few). According to the CDC, adult women should consume 46 grams of protein daily, while for adult men it is recommended they consume 56 grams per day.
Here is an easy, grab and go way to get a little extra protein packed into your day!
No-Bake, Peanut Butter Protein Bars!
- 1/2 cup natural creamy or crunchy peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter of your choice)
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda or powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (or less is you desire)
- 2 tbsp applesauce
- a pinch of salt (optional)
In a bowl combine the peanut butter and applesauce and stir to a smooth consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. Spread into a square or rectangular glass container and smooth the top. Refrigerate for an hour or longer. (I made mine at night and left in the refrigerator overnight). Cut into bars and scoop out with a flexible spatula. Lay bars on a plate or piece of foil. The bars should be kept in the fridge and will be good for about a week!
These are a great alternative to packaged protein bars full of unknown items. Give it a try! My family and I loved them!