Sometimes, we eat out of boredom and not of hunger. Maybe, that’s the reason why snacks are invented. Well, aside from the fact that big businesses are trying to sell their products, and they wanted to create that need for snacks.
I feel like snacking recently. That’s what you get from watching too much recipes on Youtube and checking your Instagram. Great thing that I have the ingredients to create homemade protein bars instead of buying.
Thousands of years ago, our human ancestors had to hunt for food to eat. They probably missed meals often. Maybe, no snacks too. Unless they stored enough food for days, they may need to hunt again after a day or two. They were already doing intermittent fasting before the term “fasting” and “intermittent” were even invented.
Nowadays, food are easily accessible. And food options are plenty. Not only do we eat 3 full meals a day, we also eat snacks. We complained if we only get to eat twice a day, and we felt sorry if there is not enough rice.
Sadly, not everything we eat get flushed out of our body. Some are left and make an obvious marks like our protruding stomach, love handles, bouncy butts and hips, and overly sexy thighs and legs.
Since I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, I had to modify my diet. From an eating machine and a person who seems to be always hungry, I had to do intermittent fasting, lessen carb intake and if possible eliminate snacks. Yay!
I can actually do everything. But I didn’t say its easy for me. I do failed at times but I have to stand up and try again. Hey, that’s life!
So, as I said, I feel like snacking recenlty. My body was out of whack. With my monthly thingy, the ECQ, and maybe the lunar activities, I just wanted to eat something sweet. I thought of ordering a keto cake but I realized I have some ingredients in my kitchen to make some delish snack.
Homemade Protein Bar
Inspired by Granola Squares by Marks & Spencer, which was my favorite, I made my protein bars out of the ingredients that I already have.
To sweeten things up and to bind the ingredients together, I used Clara Ole sugar-free maple syrup. I ordered this because I planned of cooking pancake soon using my Coconut flour.
- Quaker Oats (ideally, rolled oats), 2 cups approximately
- Chopped walnuts
- Cacao nibs
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chopped dates
- Melted butter, 5 tablespoon approximately
- Clara Ole sugar-free maple syrup
- Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl.
- Add Clara Ole sugar-free maple syrup. This acts as binder of the ingredients.
- Once the ingredients stick together, you can now place it in your container. It’s better to have a parchment paper or foil in your container so it is easy to remove the protein bars later.
- Put it inside the refrigerator for at least an hour.
If you are curious where I bought some of my ingredients, let me add it here:
- Bob’s Red Mill Pumpkin Seeds – from Healthy Options
- Chocoloco Roasted Organic Cacao Nibs – from Chocoloco Inc. on Lazada
- Walnuts – from Dates Fruit PH on Lazada
- Dates – Dates Fruit from Lazada