Suggestions for a travel-ready protein bar?

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    Aug 31, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    I use Clif Builder Bars for a few of my small meals and they have a decent nutrition profile (and taste pretty decent). The only downside is that, when I'm on the run and have them in my bag or car, they melt into something resembling... well... something evil and nasty.

    Anyone have ideas of a protein snack that comes pre-wrapped and won't turn into goop in the heat?
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    Sep 01, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    I am very picky when it comes to bars. The one's I like happen to have a fake chocolate coating that also melts like the builder bars. But if I am going to have an eight hour car ride I freeze the bar over night and enjoy it, less molten than it would have been otherwise.
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    Sep 01, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI am very picky when it comes to bars. The one's I like happen to have a fake chocolate coating that also melts like the builder bars. But if I am going to have an eight hour car ride I freeze the bar over night and enjoy it, less molten than it would have been otherwise.


    That makes sense. I'm more talking about having a stash of them in the glove box for when I find myself out of the house / office in the middle of the day. Really I just want a Builder Bar or whatever that doesn't have the carob coating.
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    Sep 01, 2008 11:18 AM GMT
    hobronto said...That makes sense. I'm more talking about having a stash of them in the glove box for when I find myself out of the house / office in the middle of the day...


    The glove box is one of the hottest places you can keep anything inside a car. I'd recommend at least keeping them as low as possible (e.g. under the seat) and, obviously, out of direct sunlight, and the windows cracked open when parked (if that's an option).

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    Apr 20, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Big fan of EAS Myoplex Bars here. They are somewhat heat tolerant and get the job done.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 20, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Have you tried just natural flavor whey protein isolate powder in water for a quick shake?
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    Apr 20, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    i subscribe to Maximum Fitness. by far, the best magazine reading, in addition to Fitness Rx for men and REPS!

    anyhow. they have a recipe for a protein bar that i've had one of currently. and um. god damn its good. it says you can make 10 servings from the bag, but im lazy and i went with 8. but anyhow. the recipe is simple, cheap and takes about 10 minutes to make, with 2 hours 'frig time'

    1 cup uncooked oats
    6 scoops of protein powder
    1 cup dry non-fat milk powder
    5 Tbsp natural peanut butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup water

    aiight. combine the oats, powders into a mixing bowl, just to get em even. then add the peanut butter. mix until its all still kinda dry but there's an even dispersion of everything. add the vanilla, mix, add water, keep mixing until the water is pretty even. by now, its like a soft clay. i was using my hands to mix, kinda fun at the same time, but im a child when i wanna be icon_smile.gif

    put it into a greased 8"x8" pan, let it sit for 2 hours (or overnight like i did) cut into 8 bars. BAM you be done.

    now you can make different 'flavors' by changing your protein powder flavor, i suggest chocolate cuz, um, yum. but this also allows you to change your protein amounts, aka soy protein powder one time, muscle milk powder another. but their cheaper than purchase protein bars, fun to make and last in cold or hot so no more chocolate melting mess.

    and that, is my two cents, or three. who knows, i might have a whole freaking nickel of info up in this bitch.
  • CAtoFL

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    Apr 20, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    Casper, making your own bars is an awesome idea!

    Any idea what the nutritional breakdown is of the recipe? I could even live just knowing the approx calorie count ... ?
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    Apr 20, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    Nice recipe Casper. Thanks!

    PSCalif: I bet you could get an accurate breakdown by plugging the ingredients into something like fitday.com. You'd need the nutrition breakdown from the protein powder as well, but that's on the back of the tub.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    hobronto said

    PSCalif: I bet you could get an accurate breakdown by plugging the ingredients into something like fitday.com. You'd need the nutrition breakdown from the protein powder as well, but that's on the back of the tub.


    I do that, and he has berated me for doing so. This probably wont help him out!
  • dionysus

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    Apr 22, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    PSCalif saidCasper, making your own bars is an awesome idea!

    Any idea what the nutritional breakdown is of the recipe? I could even live just knowing the approx calorie count ... ?


    Whole Package:
    1,773 Calories
    Total Fat: 64.8 grams
    Sat. Fats: 5.4 grams
    Carbohydrates: 123.3 grams
    Protein: 189 grams


    obviously there can be some change if instead of protein powder you get soy protein powder or muscle milk, so just kind of account for that. but the amounts listed are for the whole darn thing with all the ingredients, i've got mine divided into 1/8s it suggests 1/9s but seriously? a square pan into 9 equal pieces...jackasses.

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    Apr 24, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    Hey Caspervann - thanks for the great recipe! I made them tonight, and they haven't set long enough to cut yet, but I had to take a taste and I really like it.

    The only thing I did differently was to mix the vanilla into the water. I was afraid one section would get all the vanilla and the rest of it none if I added the vanilla on it's own.

    I feel a lot better eating these than store bought ones with additives and artificial ingredients.

    If you want to cut it into 9 pieces, just make two cuts from top to bottom, then two from left to right. Think of a tic-tac-toe grid. You're using a square pan, not rectangular, right?

    Anyway, thanks again!
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    Apr 25, 2009 6:33 AM GMT
    I had a much more complicated and time consuming recipe. They came out fine, keep well, and travel well

    I'll try the one above instead next time, its easier
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    May 01, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    caspervann saidi subscribe to Maximum Fitness. by far, the best magazine reading, in addition to Fitness Rx for men and REPS!

    anyhow. they have a recipe for a protein bar that i've had one of currently. and um. god damn its good. it says you can make 10 servings from the bag, but im lazy and i went with 8. but anyhow. the recipe is simple, cheap and takes about 10 minutes to make, with 2 hours 'frig time'

    1 cup uncooked oats
    6 scoops of protein powder
    1 cup dry non-fat milk powder
    5 Tbsp natural peanut butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup water

    aiight. combine the oats, powders into a mixing bowl, just to get em even. then add the peanut butter. mix until its all still kinda dry but there's an even dispersion of everything. add the vanilla, mix, add water, keep mixing until the water is pretty even. by now, its like a soft clay. i was using my hands to mix, kinda fun at the same time, but im a child when i wanna be icon_smile.gif

    put it into a greased 8"x8" pan, let it sit for 2 hours (or overnight like i did) cut into 8 bars. BAM you be done.

    now you can make different 'flavors' by changing your protein powder flavor, i suggest chocolate cuz, um, yum. but this also allows you to change your protein amounts, aka soy protein powder one time, muscle milk powder another. but their cheaper than purchase protein bars, fun to make and last in cold or hot so no more chocolate melting mess.

    and that, is my two cents, or three. who knows, i might have a whole freaking nickel of info up in this bitch.


    I tried making this recipe, except I substituted soy protein powder for the milk powder because I don't eat dairy. Uh, it didn't turn out... the bars didn't really solidify. icon_confused.gif Before I go out and buy a milk-powder substitute, does anyone know if the milk powder is what keeps these bars together? I don't know what else I could have done wrong.

    (The mushy goo was yummy though.)
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    May 02, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    I imagine the powdered milk is what holds it together.
    Not so sure substitute milk would work.
    Maybe egg powder ( from a camping supply store) would bind better.
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    May 02, 2009 6:39 AM GMT
    Thanks _chuck_! I'll try some egg powder.