by | Aug 8, 2014 | 28 comments

Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday in a Flash, where I bring you a 2-3 minute video on one of my favorite foods and its health benefits!  This week we’re discussing BLUEBERRIES!  I’ll also share a delicious and easy recipe for homemade protein bars.

Foodie Friday in a Flash

Have you ever wondered why blueberries almost always appear at the top of any “Superfoods” lists?  Watch the video to find out, then head below for my Protein-Packed Blueberry Snack Bars!

 

Protein-Packed Blueberry Snack Bars

Protein-Packed Blueberry Snack Bars from The Lyons' Share ... homemade protein bars

If you like the convenience of having protein bars on hand, but don’t love the extra ingredients and preservatives in most of them, here’s a solution for you!  These bars are soft and chewy, and sweet but not dessert sweet.  They’re great to refuel after a workout, or to tide you over when you need a snack on the go.  They save well in the refrigerator and freeze well for future use.  Enjoy!

Protein-Packed Blueberry Snack Bars

by Megan Lyons

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Keywords: bake bread side snack breakfast gluten-free vegetarian low-carb berries eggs oats yogurt

Ingredients (9 snack bars)

  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder (I used 3.5 scoops of vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (purchase oat flour or use food processor to grind whole oats into a flour)
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute, or 2 eggs
  • 1 individual cup of plain 0% Greek yogurt (5.3 ounces)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 24 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients (protein powder through salt).

3. Stir in wet ingredients, until batter-like consistency is formed.

4. Gently fold blueberries into batter.

5. Spread in baking pan sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil (I used an 8×8 pan).

6. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

7. Cool, cut into 9 bars, and enjoy!

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*Recipe for Secretly-Healthy Blueberry Oat Streusel Muffins is here!*

*These pictures were taken by The Lyons’ Share’s summer helper, Natalie!  You can check out her non-food portfolio here – you’ll be impressed!*

So tell me in the comments … What’s your favorite way to eat blueberries?  Do you ever make your own protein bars?

28 Comments

    • Megan Lyons

      Of course, Sue! Hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
    • Megan Lyons

      Let me know if they passed, Deborah!

      Reply
    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for pinning, Suz! Hope you enjoy!

      Reply
  1. Gary

    Hi Meg: The frozen blueberries are a great addition to my smoothies but the shredded zip lock bag is a bit distracting. Was I supposed to take them out of the freezer AND THE BAG before I threw them in the blender? – Gary

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    • Megan Lyons

      Hahaha, you never cease to make me laugh. Yes – I recommend taking them out of the bag first 😉

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    • Megan Lyons

      I hope you enjoy them, Lindsay!

      Reply
  2. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Love making homemade bars and these look great, Meg- although guess how much blueberries are right now- $8.99 for 125 grams. Bargain.

    In other news, my kindle got scratched and now there’s a reflective light. It’s a very sad day.
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    • Megan Lyons

      WOW – those are some expensive blueberries! Maybe you could make these with raisins? I haven’t tried though. BUMMER on the Kindle … I think you owe it to yourself to get another so you can still get in your M+K time! 🙂

      Reply
  3. jill conyers

    Healthy and one of my all time favorite fruits, blueberries! The recipe looks amazing and I’m sure I already have the ingredients to make it. No trip to the grocery store needed!
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  4. Katie

    I LOVE blueberries! I have 1 pint in my fridge and 10 pints frozen just waiting to be used 🙂 I used some in my smoothie this morning and am planning to make these snack bars this weekend.

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    • Megan Lyons

      How did they turn out? I never asked you! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

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    • Megan Lyons

      I hope you enjoy the bars, Giselle!

      Reply
  5. GiGi Eats

    Oh man, blueberries bring back lots of memories! I used to eat whole bags of frozen blueberries in one sitting, so delicious but uh… Yeah, not so delicious things happened, LATER – lol!!!
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    • Megan Lyons

      Oh no! Sounds like you need to lay off the blueberries 🙂

      Reply
  6. Michael Anderson

    Couple of thoughts:
    – OK, it is now two for two with 3-minute videos … so I think you need to stop calling these ‘two minute’ videos 🙂 haha
    – Great recipe once again – I love blueberry season (great sales right now in our area – our fridge is loaded with fresh cherries, strawberries and blueberries!)

    Really love this series – keep it up!
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    • Megan Lyons

      Haha, thank you! Don’t worry, I filmed several of them at once, and in the future ones, I say “…2-3 minute videos…” just because I realized I was overstating. I really haven’t had cherries this season, because they’ve still been uber expensive in Texas, but you’re making me want to go grab some – so good for inflammation and recovery, too!

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    • Megan Lyons

      I hope you enjoy them, Cassie!

      Reply
  7. Rachel

    These look super good!! I can’t wait to try them!!

    Reply
    • Megan Lyons

      I hope you enjoy them, Rachel!

      Reply

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