This is very similar to my Chocolate Protein Lava Cake except this time I made sure I could pop the cake out of the dish it cooked in and then I made protein frosting to go on top!
Started out with my ingredients – vanilla protein powder, xanthan gum and pumpkin pie spice
I mixed those all together in a dish, then added just enough water to make it doughy. Sprayed another dish with PAM and then poured in my batter.
Then it went into the microwave for about a minute. Depending on if you want the whole thing cooked through, mine still ended up a little runny in the middle.
This time I made frosting – about 1/3 of my scoop of protein for the frosting, a little bit of xanthan gum and just enough water to mix it.
And then I frosted my cake. I added a dusting of cocoa powder to finish it off and it was great! Nice little change to the normal.
Now things are getting a little crazy! I can’t just be satisfied with one version of dessert! I had to create something else…I actually had envisioned protein tiramisu but then it ended up brownies or even smore looking. Who cares it was DAMN tasty!
I used my protein cookie recipe but instead of making cookies, I poured my batter into a baking pan and make a flat tray of “brownies”.
Then I needed a filling – keep in mind this ended up being 2 servings – I took one scoop of vanilla protein and added about 1/2 tsp xanthan gum and a little bit of water. This created a sticky, pudding like filling for my brownies.
I normally have my protein lava cake for my last meal of the day, but I wanted to try something new. I am in contest prep right now, so I can’t start adding ingredients to make real cookies so I had to get creative!
1 scoop protein powder (I used Bio X Chocolate PB Swirl)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp egg white
4 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp liquid stevia (or as much/little as you want)
Bake in the oven at 350 for about 8 mins
My last meal of the day is 30g protein and 1 cup strawberries. I think dessert! So, I either make a strawberry chocolate shake or chocolate protein ice cream or tonight I made Chocolate Protein Lava Cake!
Mix one scoop of your favorite protein powder, 1/4tsp xanthan gum and just enough water to make it batter consistency. Then put it into the microwave for about 1min.
I have now made these bars every night since I first posted the recipe, partly to try different flavours and partly because I know when I get my contest prep plan next week it will be bye, bye to Quest bars!!
The flavours I made are; chocolate/coconut, lemon, chocolate cookie, chocolate/flax seed and carrot cake!
Also, I wrote in my previous post that I used my stand-up mixer but I wouldn’t recommend that. I am not sure why it worked that time, but the next couple times I couldn’t figure out why it was so dry?!? With the above bars, I went back to making them one at a time in a small bowl and I creamed it all together with a spatula. That worked much better, it really needs to be mixed properly and then moulded.
I did it! I ordered the magic ingredient and tried it and it worked! Not sure why I doubted it? No, it’s not as good as the original but for probably 1/4 of the price and the ability to make different flavours, I’m in!
I’ll post the recipe later 🙂
Update! The recipe I followed I found via http://www.fitnesstreats.com/2014/01/more-homemade-quest-like-protein-bars/ I followed the Chocolate Chip Cookie Quest bar and it worked out amazingly!
The first time I made only one, just to test it out…
It was good, good enough to try again. The next time I did a batch of 6 – 6 x the recipe in my stand-up mixer and then smooooshed it into a 9 x 9 silicone baking pan. I put it in the fridge for about an hour to set and I am not sure if we even waited the full hour before diving in!
The macro’s on my bars; 248 cal, 12.75 carb (net), 22 protein, 7.25 fat (chocolate chip cookie dough quest bar is 160 cal, 9 carb (net), 20 protein and 6 fat)
I used baker’s unsweetened chocolate, Mutant Vanilla Whey protein powder, English Toffee Sweet Drops and my son’s Arrowroot cookies (don’t tell him!) so that made the bars a little higher in carb and calories and also they are NOT gluten free!
Oh “beep, beep” goes my oven – do they bake the same?? (350 for 8 mins)
Of course they do – YUM! All in all, very successful but if I am going to continue to make them myself I will be more choosy with the ingredients.
Let me know how yours turn out!