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What do you think this is? A bag of dirt? Dog food?

Friday, March 29, 2013

No, this is just one of my recipe failures.

Seeking a healthy eating lifestyle meant avoiding processed foods as much as possible and cooking more “from scratch.” My household talents have always been at both ends of the spectrum. I’m a great seamstress. I can make anything. In the kitchen, however, I’ve had some legendary disasters.

Mostly I gather recipes from friends who know my limitations and resources that cater to those for whom cooking is a necessity, not a pleasant pastime. I dislike standing by the stove as much as others dislike going to gym (one of my favorite places).

In an effort to get more protein in my diet I began to buy “high protein” bars (18-20g). There were 2 problems. They are VERY expensive and I didn’t like the long list of ingredients. Some low in sugar used a substitute instead. As a personal choice, I avoid those. Some substitutes were new to me – like sugar alcohols which have many different names.

So I decided to make my own and for several batches had great success.
There were only a few ingredients (Natural peanut butter, protein powder, honey, oats, cocoa, water) and quick to make. They tasted good too. Even DH liked them and they were considerably cheaper than the commercial products.

Then I made a substitution. A natural peanut butter company sells a product that combines pnb with dark chocolate. Wouldn’t that make the bars more chocolaty? There may be more chocolate, but I could no longer call them bars.

They broke apart when I tried to cut them up and crumbled into dust when I tried to pick up some pieces. Thus the plastic bag storage solution.

Lesson learned: The natural peanut butter has more oil to serve as a binding agent. I guess better cooks would have known that.

However, all was not lost. I used it all up. It made a great addition to my daily yogurt and a few times it was even a topping on ice cream. I’m too thrifty to just throw it away.

Here's the link to the original recipe. It's on SP.
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