Chocolate Chip Power Bars + Holiday Favorites!

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Well, we decided to bake the other day, yes, kids and all, ahhhh!  It went just fine but when you have two little hands that want to help dump ingredients into the bowl, you sure do have to be fast on your feet!  And let’s not forget a little extra mess, oh well, we all had fun! 

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Here are the ingredients.  In our second batch we deleted the puffed rice cereal.

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Are you ready, Mom?  Get set . . .go!  As you can see some of my pictures are not the greatest as I was a bit rushed, ha!

 

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Of course they each had to crack an egg . . . therefore we have two eggs in the recipe.  I love my daughter’s face after she cracks an egg, “Yuck, Mom, I have goo on my fingers!”

If I didn’t keep a closer eye on my son we would have more eggs in the recipe, whew!  I had to hide the eggs. The kid LOVES eggs (and eat them too!).

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Here is our butter, PB2, chia flour and apple sauce.  If you don’t have chia flour you may use flaxseed or wheat germ to add the extra health benefits.  Chia flour provides a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.  The chia flour is really just ground chia seeds.  Never, never use whole chia seeds in a baking recipe, they are crunchy, always use ground chia seeds or like I did just buy the chia flour.

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Here we are adding chocolate chips and Chocolate Peanut Butter protein powder.   I didn’t even have to use any sugar!  I let the chocolate chips be the star of the show.   Really these bars are just sweet enough with the chocolate chips, applesauce and sweetened protein powder (it uses stevia).

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Now, I just need to bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit fro 20  to 25 minutes.

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Here they are . .  all baked and ready to eat! These bars are delicious for breakfast, too!

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Psst . . . you could even sneak these in for the holidays!  Maybe for breakfast or even on the treat tray!

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Chocolate Chip Power Bars

Ingredients

3 tbsp butter, softened

1/2 cup applesauce

1/3 cup peanut butter powder (PB2)

2 eggs

2 scoops chocolate peanut butter protein powder

2 scoops chia flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup  whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 cup puffed rice cereal, optional

Preparation

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, applesauce, peanut butter powder and eggs together.   Add the rest of the ingredient and mix well.  Spread mixture into a greased 9-by-13-inch pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  You may also scoop batter as cookies (I just didn’t have time, ha!). 

 

 

 

It’s time to party!

We had some company over last weekend and to my surprise I picked up the best appetizers at the grocery store.

 

Yes,  just some ole’ tortilla chips and hummus but they were awesome! The chips were outstanding and as you can see I have taken a picture of an empty container and a package, they were just that good.

Try them at your next party or you can even take them to a friend’s party and they will love you!  If you have never tried hummus it is just mashed garbanzo beans, kind of like a bean dip but better!

 

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