Disclaimer: Although I wasn’t paid, I did receive a variety PaleoPro protein powder/collagen products. This post is solely my opinion and not influenced in any way.
I’ve been on a mission lately, to see what I can do with Protein Powder besides blending a drink mix and I’ve been thinking about Cereal bars. Why? Because I’ve got a lot of Cherrios in stock and thought it would be fun to bake with, perhaps a fun, Fall treat.
I received a variety of Protein Powder blends from PaleoPro. One of which is Pumpkin Spice! And couldn’t think of anything better than to create a pumpkin spiced treat. So I blended up my batter using 2 scoops of the protein powder, almond meal, honey and Red Palm oil, then did something my kids would have loved – put on plastic gloves and incorporated the Cherrios right in. Yep, mixed with my hands! Felt like a kid again. And when I tasted this treat, I really did feel like a kid!
PaleoPro Pumpkin Spice protein powder has 26g protein per serving. It contains no sugar, no whey, no soy. It is hormone & antibiotic free. It contains only 2 minimally processed ingredients — egg protein and grass-fed beef protein (that’s it!) — and is gluten-free. I recently enjoyed it in a morning latte whipped up with my nut milk, but it was fun to get a little creative with it (and sneak in some more protein) into this homemade snack/treat!
What I love about PaleoPro products is that they have a nice flavor, and plenty of sweet, so when I added it to my baking mix, I didn’t need to add much of a sweetener (or at all). I might choose a non-flavored variety such as their Naked Plain Collagen Powder (has 16g protein per 65 calorie scoop!) if it’s something I don’t want to add any additional flavor or sweetness (such as a basic latte). The reason I incorporated honey into the mix was to help bind the mixture. But I could have easily made a batch of cookies using the base batter that I used for these Cherrios bars. Maybe for my next treat!
- 3 cups Cherrios
- 1 cup almond meal
- 2 scoops PaleoPro Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons Red Palm Oil (or coconut oil)
- 2 lightly whisked egg whites (no peaks)
- ½ cup chocolate chips (or dried cranberries)
- Grease a 8" glass baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Blend almond meal, PaleoPro Pumpkin Spiced Protein Powder, honey and oil.
- Mix in egg whites.
- Incorporate Cherrios (can use gloves and mix with your hands).
- Pack into greased baking dish.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until starts to set.
- Remove and cool completely before cutting into squares.
It’s fun to mix things up. I generally would have used Cranberries instead of chocolate chips, but I had just enough chocolate chips on hand. And well, why not?! The combo of Chocolate + Pumpkin Spice actually worked! My hubby liked it. And my kids?: Well check out these smiling faces. They even asked for seconds!