Dear Nutterly Frozen Protein Bars,

Boy, do we have some good news for you smart cookies out there sticking to your food-related New Year’s resolutions!

We know that feeling: midday has just rolled around, somehow both too long and too short from dinnertime. Do you snack, and worry about the added calories, or wait and risk eating too much at dinner? Well, the right answer is to snack- straight up, nothing wrong with it. Snacking smart? That can be a challenge.

Today, I present to you a protein bar with some really simple ingredients that will fill you up with the right amount (and types) of carbohydrates and sustain you with plenty of protein. I give you…my NUTTERLY FROZEN PROTEIN BARS!

Before I go on, I just want to take a special moment and recognize SORTEDfood for their contribution. As mentioned, this is, after all, an adaptation of the recipe, one I’ve been over-the-moon with since the new year began. Some personal tweaks of my own changed this bar of beauty into a straight-laced peanut butter version, but I encourage any and all to find the original recipe at their website!

The other major difference is that, since I left out the belly portion of melted dark chocolate to bind these snacks into one, the bars are kept in my freezer to stay intact. I will be the first to admit: I was a little  disappointed, at first, that I chose not to include chocolate. They seemed still mushy and sticky after hours in the fridge. So, I froze them up, and got another sweet treat of its own after it! It’s not the same, with the expectations of that chewy texture we’re used to, but the hardness reminded me of eating a frozen candy bar, taking me back to summers when I needed to recharge from the heat.

Happy accidents, am I right?

What I think will (hopefully) draw people to this little bar is that there is no added sugar. In fact, the only sugar really comes from the milk, which is crucial in binding the dry ingredients together. The taste buds then rely on peanut butter (a childhood classic)), the nuttiness and aroma of oats and almonds, and just a hint of sweetness from the protein powder to achieve a taste that’s not dull or overpoweringly rich for this recipe.

I know what you’re thinking: for goodness sake, Rory, we’re already sold…NOW GIVE US THE RECIPE!!!

Will do, dear readers:

Nutterly Frozen Protein Bars
2 cups grams oats (old-fashioned or quick…up to you!)
3/4 cup almond meal
3 Scoops / 90 grams of vanilla protein powder
          – (I used Bodylogix All-Natural Vanilla Bean, but there are several other good ones on the market.)
          – I do wonder, if you haven’t already, reader, if using a chocolate protein powder might lift spirits for those who crave the chocolate/PB combo. If it works or not, comment below to let us know!)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup / Milk
1 tsp. coconut oil

1. In a large bowl with a spoon, mix together the first three ingredients.
2. Add peanut butter; mold with hands until the ‘dough’ is quite cake-y and sticky.
3. Add the milk and oil and combine with hands into the final product dough.
4. Place the dough into an 8×8 baking square and let chill in the fridge for two hours.
5. Cut the soft bars into 8 equal pieces, and freeze for the evening. Enjoy the next day!

Minus all of that chill time, pretty speedy to accomplish, huh? Ready-to-go snacks like these make all the difference during the school or work day. Best of all, summertime is just around the corner, so what better way than to begin celebrating with this fun, filling bars?

Try ’em out readers, and let us know what you think!

(Also…any have any ideas for more clever names? Share below!)

– Rory

The two great loves of my life are the movies and food; you can't take those away from me. Growing up in Oregon, where the hammering rain can't help but lead you inside great restaurants and venues, I've picked up a fine appreciation for these pieces of beauty and art, and how to give and get those along life's way. Through a life of pictures and dishes, my only wish is to be able to share with any and all my insights, misadventures, and fortunes.