These protein lemon bars hit the spot for a lemony-protein packed pick me up!
I looooove meyer lemons and lemon bars are the closest thing to heaven that I indulge in.
I have been on a mission to recreate, reinvent & nutriton-ize baked goods in the hopes that I can have my cake and eat it too. Daily.
Store in the fridge or freezer & enjoy!
NOTE: There are two ways to making these. It depends on the texture you want. If you want as close to a lemon bar as it gets do option 2. If you want a protein bar style then option 1 is better. Both are tasty & have satisfied!
1 cup of meyer
1 cup of vanilla whey protein
2 Tablespoons of lemon zest
2 large eggs, plus 2 yolks (sub with 4 Chia gel eggs)
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup Oat Flour
1/4 Almond flour
pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
1/3 cup Coconut oil
Option 1. Protein-bar style
Preheat oven to 350
Make the filling. The wet ingredients eggs/egg-yolks (or chia eggs), lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, maple syrup and combine together. Then slowly add the vanilla whey protien to thicken.
Take the dry ingredients starting with the oat flour, almond flour, coconut shreds and add to the wet mixture. One at a time until throughly combined. Then add the chia, nuts even can do dried cherries, cranberry or raisins for another component.
On a parchment paper lined glass or brownie sheet, pour the mixture and even out with spatula.
Bake for 25-30 min depending on oven. Until toothpick comes out clean or you see the edges browning. Make sure center is cooked thorough.
Option 2. Lemon-bar style
In a dry bowl add the oat flour, almond flour, whey powder, and coconut shreds and mix together. Then add the coconut oil and maple syrup slowly and mix until combined into a thick cookie-like batter. Spread onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven about 10 min to half bake it.
While the crust is baking in the same bowl add the wet ingredients. Add one at a time the egg/egg-yolks and combine, vanilla extract, maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest. whey powder and coconut shreds, nuts into mixing bowl while combining with a whisk or spatula. I added a little turmeric for color (optional)
Pour directly over crust.
Bake for 30-35min . Until edges are browning & center is cooked through.
Let cool & cut into squares. Freeze or keep in fridge.
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