White Chocolate Chip, Cake Batter Protein Bars + A Pure Protein Prize Pack Giveaway! {Closed}

White Chocolate Chip, Cake Batter Protein Bars + A Pure Protein Prize Pack Giveaway! {Closed}

It’s actually sort of bizarre that before this week, I’ve never owned or used protein powder.

I mean, I’m really into the whole health and fitnessΒ  thing (it’s my job!) AND I come across dozens of protein-powder-based recipes from some of my favorite fellow foodies and fit-bloggers everyday.

For example, Savannah’sΒ Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Sludge. Or Sally’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Smoothie. Or Katie’s Cake Batter Energy Bars. All of these protein-packed homemade snacks I’ve been dying to try, yet I kept tossing them to the side because of a lack of protein powder. Ridiculous!

Today I have good news, though! My protein-powder-less days are finally over.

Pure Protein recently launched a new line of products, and in addition to a few protein bars and shakes, were kind enough to supply me with my very first tub of protein powder. That means I’ve finally baked up a batch of my own homemade protein bars! (And that their will be plenty more protein-packed snacks coming out of the Hungry Runner kitchen in the very near future.)

The importance and benefits of including protein in your daily diet is not a topic new to Hungry Runner. I’ve certainly written about it here in the past. But just to reiterate, some of the best benefits of a protein-rich diet include enhanced transportation of nutrients throughout the body, hormone balance, acid-base balance, and muscle growth and maintenance. (Source: ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer.) The best way to include protein in your diet is through whole foods like lean animal meat and plants such as beans, quinoa, lentils, and nuts. (Read more about how a protein-rich diet can help you lose weight.)

Buuuuut, even I’ll admit that when you’re on the go, sometimes a bar or shake is simply more convenient. Like with almost any packaged snack, Pure Protein Bars and Shakes are something that I choose to include in my diet as an every now and then snack because they aren’t completely “clean.” However, as long as the majority of your nutrients come from natural, whole foods, there’s no reason to completely avoid anything and everything that is not considered a “whole food”. In fact, completely restricting yourself can sometimes lead to an unhealthy mindset about food. No one will ever have a “perfect” diet, which is why indulgence or convenience is OK on occasion.

What I love most about these bars is that they are only 180 calories and they are low in sugar (only 2g). I was pleasantly surprised at the taste of both the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate flavors for still tasting sweet despite having not much added sugar. (Read more about why it’s important to keep your daily added sugar intake to a minimum.)

I’ve found that the bars are a new favorite post-strength-training snack of mine because I can stash them in my bag and chow down on one while I’m on my way out of the gym. (Read more about the importance of post-workout protein consumption for gaining muscle and losing fat.)

Dessert Dilemma

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but, I sort of have an ugly sweet tooth that likes to rear it’s head when the sun goes down. It’s really hard for me to turn down dessert after dinner. And not only is it hard for me to pass up dessert, but when there are sweets around, whether I baked my own healthy version or it’s the real deal, it’s hard for me to eat only one serving.

However, last night I supplemented “dessert” with a Pure Protein Vanilla Cream Protein Shake. To my surprise, it turned out to be a perfect after dinner “sweet-tooth-satisfier.” I’m usually looking for some kind of chocolate cake or banana bread to nosh on after dinner, but when I’ve got stuff (usually homemade) like that lying around, it’s really easy for me to overindulge because breads and cakes are not all that filling. I’ll easily go for seconds and thirds without thinking twice about it. The Pure Protein shakes have just 170 calories and 15g of protein. By the time I finished it, my sweet tooth was fulfilled and I felt full and completely satisfied all the way up until it was time for bed.

And the same thing can be said for these cake batter bars. Adding the protein powder to them makes a whole world of a difference. Without it, I would probably eat 2 or 3 and still feel like I could dig in for more. But one of protein’s greatest powers is that it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, which helps prevent overindulging. Not to mention, the vanilla cream flavor of the protein powder is to die for and totally enhances the “cake batter” flavor of the bars.

I adapted this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Cake Batter Energy Bars. But before you head off to bake up your own batch, you can first enter to win your own Pure Protein Prize Pack. Just follow the instructions below to enter!

Pure Protein Prize Pack Giveaway [CLOSED]

The Prize Pack includes:

  • 5 protein bars
  • 1 tub of Vanilla Cream Protein Powder
  • 12 Vanilla Cream Protein Shakes

3 Ways To enter:

  1. Mandatory: Leave a comment with a link to your favorite protein powder recipe. (Or one that you’d really like to try!)
  2. Follow Hungry Runner on Facebook
  3. Follow Hungry Runner on Instagram

Each task is equal to one entry. Leave a separate comment for each completed form of entry. (Total of 3 entries per person.)

The giveaway will be open until Midnight on Tuesday, February 26. I will use a randomizer to choose a winner on Wednesday, February 27th. The winner will be announced here on that day. If the winner fails to reply within 48 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

*Update: The randomly chosen Pure Protein Prize Pack winner is Danielle, who commented:

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Congrats Danielle and thanks to everyone who commented and entered! I cant wait to try all of the amazing recipes you all shared!

White Chocolate Chip, Cake Batter Protein Bars

(Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)

Ingredients:

1 cup rice crispies (I used Erewhon’s Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Cereal)

1/4 cup oat flour

1/4 cup Pure Protein Vanilla Creme protein powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons all-natural, creamy peanut butter

5 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

handful of white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the rice crispies, oat flour, protein powder, and salt.

2. In a separate larger bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Toss in the white chocolate chips as you mix everything together well, until evenly coated.

4. Line a medium-sized baking dish or Tupperware with waxed parchment paper and pour the batter into the dish. Fold the sides of the paper over the batter and use a flat-surfaced heavy object to press the batter down until it is flat and fills the entire bottom of the dish.

5. Freeze for about 20 minutes.

6. Unfold the parchment paper, cut the batter into bars (I got about 9 small squares) and serve immediately or store in a sealed Tupperware in the fridge of freezer.


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145 thoughts on “White Chocolate Chip, Cake Batter Protein Bars + A Pure Protein Prize Pack Giveaway! {Closed}

  1. I’d love to try out the recipe you’ve just posted! Minimal ingredients (my favorite), but sounds and looks amazing!

  2. I’ve only been taking my protein powder with milk everytime after my workout but always wanted to try baking with it.
    Here’s a recipe I’ve always wanted to try! Simply because it’s no-bake = easy peasy and h-h-h-healthy!

    No-Bake Almond/Peanut Butter Bars
    Makes 32 bites

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
    2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
    1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
    1/2 cup sliced almonds
    1 tbsp. honey
    Cinnamon to taste
    1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

    2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and then spread mixture evenly inside pan.

    3. Chill in refrigerator overnight (or 4-5 hours).

    4. Once mixture if firm, cut into bite-size pieces.

  3. I absolutely need to try this!!

    CLEAN PROTEIN STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE
    Serves 10 People Preperation: 00:15
    Cook: 00:45
    INGREDIENTS
    2 serving (serving = 1/4 cup) Trader Joe’s Just Almond Meal
    1/4 cup, shredded Dried Coconut (Shredded, Sweetened)
    1.5 tablespoon Coconut Oil
    1 large Egg
    1 large Egg White
    1 cup (not packed) Cottage Cheese (Lowfat 1% Milkfat)
    1 serving (serving = 3/4 cup) Liberte Greek Yogurt 0%
    4 oz Cream Cheese (Fat Free)
    1 serving (serving = 1 scoop) Body Fortress 100% Premium Vanilla Whey Protein
    1/2 fl oz Fresh Lemon Juice
    1 cup, pureed Strawberries
    1/2 oz Dried Chia Seeds
    DIRECTIONS
    Crust:
    almond meal
    shredded coconut
    coconut oil Sweetener to taste
    Mix and press down in the bottom of a pie dish. Bake for 10 min at 375F (175C). Let cool.
    Filling:
    egg + egg white
    heaping cup cottage cheese
    greek yoghurt
    fat free cream cheese
    vanilla whey
    fresh lemon juice Zest from 1 small lime Sweetener to taste
    Mix everything and pour over the crust. Bake at 375F for 30-35 min. Take out and let cool. The toppings is strawberries (1 cup) mixed with 1.5 tbsp chia seeds. Let set for 5 min and then spread over the cheesecake. The cake makes 10 pieces.

  4. This looks like an amazing recipe! Can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚ I’m following you on facebook!

  5. Ahh protein powder! Love of my life ha! My favorite protein powder recipe is sweet potato protein pancakes (mmmmm!). I don’t have a link because I kind of made it haha but! Here’s the recipe;
    3 oz sweet potato
    half a banana
    3 egg whites
    bunch of cinnamon lol
    one scoop of chocolate protein powder
    and a tbsp peanut butter

    Heaven in your mouth.

  6. I have been dying to try protein powder pancakes, I have seen a few recipes but I have yet to try them. The cake batter bars looks yummy although I’m a dark chocolate girl so I would prob go dark choc chips instead πŸ˜‰

  7. I love sweets too! I have been dying to make this recipe from Ripped Recipes!
    Pumpkin Vanilla Crepe
    3 large Egg White
    1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
    1/4 cup Pumpkin (Without Salt, Canned)
    1/4 tsp Baking Powder (Low Sodium)
    1 serving (serving = 1 scoop) SciVation Vanilla Whey Protein
    1/4 serving (serving = 3/4 cup) Liberte Greek Yogurt 0%
    1/4 serving (serving = 1/4 cup) Now Foods Almond Flour
    2 serving (serving = 1 packet) Pure Via Stevia
    1/2 serving (serving = 2 tbsp) Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Flour

    For the crepe I mixed egg whites, coconut flour, almond flour 1 tbsp vanilla whey baking powder vanilla extract and some stevia.

    Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a handmixer and pour in a greased pan. Make it thin like a crepe and cook for 2 minutes each side.

    For the filling I used pumpkin purΓ©e, 1/2 scoop vanilla whey, coconut milk (omit if you don’t like coconut) and some more stevia.

    Just mix everything and spread on the crΓͺpe.

    Roll it up and drizzle with greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 tbsp vanilla whey and some stevia

  8. Pure Protein is my favorite protein powder! I’ve always used it as a post-workout supplement with almond milk and am now trying it with a lot more things!…..in oatmeal, with Greek yogurt, etc. I’d love to try out your recipe!

  9. and of course like you on Facebook too :-D. Got an impending blizzard here, wondering if I should make the sweet potato chili on your blog! Maybe sub quinoa for the lentils?

  10. http://www.damyhealth.com/2012/03/two-bite-chocolate-chip-banana-protein-muffins/
    those muffins are my absolute favorite!!! DAMY has some amazing recipes, most of which are either gluteen-free, raw, or vegan or all!! I also love your account. I already follow you on instagram and Im about to go like your fb page now πŸ™‚ about to make your white chocolate chip cake batter protein bars now (with my own twist!) and I will tag you. My instagram is: fromfattofitt !
    Thanks for all the great posts πŸ™‚

  11. OMG this sounds amazing!

    Candice’s low carb cream cheese pumpkin muffins
    servings: 6
    Ingredients:4oz cream cheese 2 Tablespoons Splenda 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Whey Protein 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons ground almonds

    Preheat oven to 350F In mixer with paddle attachment, cream splenda & cream cheese till smooth. Add eggs one at a time, them vanilla extract. Add pumpkin puree, mix until smooth. with mixer running add whey, almonds, baking power, nutmeg & cinnamon. Mix just until smooth. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners.Evenly spoon batter among them. (It is about 1/3 cup per muffin)
    *It is always good to fill empty cups with water when not using all 12 in the pan. This will help prevent your pan from warping*
    Bake at 350F for 20-25 mins Nutritional info per muffin: Energy 170 kcal Carbohydrate 4.15 g Sugars, total 0.84 g Fiber, total dietary 1.10 g Protein 13.23 g Total lipid (fat)11.98 g (net carb: 3.05g)ο»Ώ Tags: cream cheese, low carb, muffins, pumpkin

  12. I recently started using protein powder, and I love it! Most of the time I don’t even realize it’s in the shake!

  13. Peas and Thank you’s Gingerbread “Clif bar” recipe is a favorite protein powder recipe of mine: http://peasandthankyou.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6007986 The ingredients are almost always on hand (as long as you have vanilla protein powder) and they are a great alternative to gingerbread cookies around the holidays.

    I’d love to win PureProtein products. I tried one of their protein bars and absolutely loved it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I would love to try that recipe you just posted! I think muscle milk light makes an actual cake batter protein powder…. I would love to order that too!

  15. this recipe for mini-blueberry protein muffins sounds yummy!
    www proteinpow.com/2013/02/mini-blueberry-protein-muffins.html

  16. I really want to try yours!!! Sounds so good πŸ™‚ I’m also following you on Instagram! All you pictures of your food look so good!

  17. I really want to try yours!!! Sounds so good πŸ™‚ I’m also following you on Instagram! All you pictures of your food look so good!

  18. I’d love to try protein mixed pancakes. I am a pancake lover. I could pretty much eat them all the time- every day. I think I saw where you just add protein powder and oats. Simple and easy, now I just want to try it. πŸ™‚

  19. I would love, love, LOVE to win this!!! I follow you on Instagram (@prettypleasecanijust).

  20. Would like to try : PEANUT BUTTER PROTIEN CHOC. CHIP COOKIES (WHO DOESN’T LOVE COOKIES?)

    Ingredients
    Chickpea flour 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
    Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
    Vanilla extract 2 Teaspoon
    Unsweetened cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon
    Protein powder 1 Tablespoon
    Peanut butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
    Agave 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
    Non dairy chocolate chips 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
    Directions
    GETTING READY
    1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.
    2. Line the cookie sheet with aluminium foil.
    3. In a mixing bowl take chickpeas flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, protein powder, peanut butter and agave. Mix all the ingredients well.
    4. Stir in non-dairy chocolate chips and whisk the batter again.
    MAKING
    5. Scoop out the batter over aluminium lined cookie sheet.
    6. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

  21. http://cookeatpaleo.com/espresso-protein-shake/
    I chose this recipe mainly because I am a coffee FIEND. I love it/live for it/ go to bed dreaming of making a cup in the morning. So why not incorporate protein into my morning treat. I also chose this recipe because I can use it as a breakfast drink. I am lactose intolerant and have IBS and I have learned to eat small meals but to incorporate as much nutrition as possible into what I eat. I like to use unsweetened almond milk instead of cashew milk though. It makes it a little lighter. And instead of unflavored egg protein powder I use half a scoop of chocolate protein powder. Makes it so yummy.

  22. I would love to win this! I follow you on Instagram (funeralformyfatx). Thank you for all your great posts! πŸ™‚

  23. Those look delicious! I follow you on instagram as livinglearningeating
    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  24. I liked you on Facebook as Lle Schreiber
    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  25. My favorite recipe is just to put casein in a bowl, add some water until it’s a sludge, then pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes. For some reason the cold makes it more like a treat than just “protein sludge!”

  26. I’d love to try this recipe!y boyfriend and I are terrible when it comes to sweets but love working out together! This would be a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth before or After our workouts! Ive been following Instagram and just liked your fb page! Looking forward to the 14 week challenge!

  27. I really want to try this vanilla protein rice krispie recipe that I saw on livestrong.com. It’s sort of like your white chocolate chip cake batter protein bars, but it’s a bit more simple lol. I want to try both!
    INGREDIENTS: 1 Β½ cups Rice Krispies cereal, 1 Β½ tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. reduced fat butter, Β½ cup oatmeal, Β½ tsp. vanilla extract, 2 scoops vanilla protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly coat a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then scoop onto the baking pan. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is crisp.

  28. I have never used protein powder in a recipe! Yours here sounds awesome- i usually just add to my oatmeal..

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