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No bake Chocolate Banana Oat bars!

Sometimes you just don’t want to turn the oven on. Sometimes you don’t want to have to deal with multiple bowls, utensils, and all the other usual hustle and bustle there is with baking.  I was in that mood today so I decided I would make something no bake and use the freezer instead of the oven. 

In this recipe we are going back to all the great flavor combinations. I put banana, peanut butter, chocolate, honey, and oats all into one dense, chewy, power packed protein treat. IMG_2596

Macros: (per slice, makes 9)

Calories – 311

Fat – 8.7 g

Carbs – 43.2 g

Protein – 18.3 g

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Bar Ingredients:

320g Old Fashion Oats

3 Scoops Muscletech Vanilla Whey

35g Powdered  Peanut Butter

14g Coconut Oil melted

30g Honey

350g Banana (mashed)

Pinch of sea salt (optional)

 Chocolate Layer Ingredients:

22g Chocolate Muscletech Whey 

14g Melted Coconut oil

48g Melted Chocolate Chips

35g Powdered Peant butter

30g-50g Walden Farms 0 cal Chocolate Syrup  

Instructions:

1. In a food processor place in all of your bar ingredients and blend until combined.  

2. Once blended together, pour batter into a 8×8 or 9×9 pan that has been sprayed and lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly. 

3. In a separate bowl combine all of your chocolate topping ingredients and mix. To melt chocolate chips the quick way, just put your oil in a small bowl with them and microwave in short bursts till melted. Some new microwaved even have melt options! 

4. Pour Chocolate topping over the oat layer spreading evenly. 

5. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours, but I waited a good 6 before cracking into mine! 

6. Cut into 9 squares and enjoy! I like them cold right out of the freezer! They are fantastic with some peanut butter spread over them! 

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Here are some things you might need! 

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle, 16 oz (Pack of 2)
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Milk Chocolate, 3.97 pounds
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Vanilla, 3.97 Pound (1.80 Kg)
Quaker oats, old fashioned, 2 5 lb. bags, 100+ servings 10-lb
Nestle TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate Morsels 11.5 oz. Bag
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Pyrex Basics 8.1″ Square (2 quart)
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Square Cake Pan, Gray

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The Big 3

Yes, It’s that simple

In my local town to often I get ask, “Hey Dusty, What’s the secret to weight loss? What do I gotta do to shed some weight?” or something similar. I live in a small town, where health and fitness is a bit behind the normal pace of things I would say. Anyway, if they are a ‘beginner’ which is 90% of the time, I always tell them the same thing. It’s not a new diet pill or the latest crash diet so no quick fix unfortunately, sorry. Water, Protein, Fiber, I say to them. Usually, I get met with, “Well, I drink plenty of water!” which usually after talking we find that they typically don’t drink nearly as much as they think, and that’s not even getting to the other two topics. I have found that before any type of diet begins, pills bought, or crazy workout regiment started, if you simply focus on improving your WATER, PROTEIN, and FIBER intake, you can drastically improve your health and body composition. 

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Water

“Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” – Joan Koelemay, RD.

Now, I know you might be thinking that this is a no brainer, but I will be honest with you, I know more people personally that actually drink very little water. You get busy working, next thing you know 6 hours in and you haven’t had a drop, and many friends I have, especially shift workers will quick reach for a energy drink or coffee to help keep them stimulated verse a water to re hydrate. I’ve gotten more comments about carrying around a gallon jug of water, as it’s the typical bro stereotype, but I will be honest I think they got it right there. The gallon jug gives a not only a visual aid on exactly how much I’ve drank, but also a friendly reminder not to forget to drink some high quality H2O. 

Now, the Food and Nutrition Board recommend  women to get 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces from all sources — water, other beverages, and foods with a high water content. I think that is a great place to start, but the problem with that is it doesn’t take into account lifestyle or body composition. That number especially goes up if you decide to add exercise into your arsenal as you will be then losing more water throughout the day, and will want to fight off dehydration. Also, don’t wait till you find yourself thirsty, as that can be a good sign that dehydration is setting in. 

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Before we even get into the fantastic diet support water gives, let’s just quick talk the plain ole health benefits it has. Dehydration is easily the first thing that comes to mind with water consumption. Studies have shown that as little as 1-3% mild dehydration can have a impact on energy levels, mood, and brain function. (1) They also show that as little as a 2% reduction can have a negative impact on physical performance. (2)  If you are any kind of laborer, someone that needs  sharp mind to complete work, or need to perform with physical demand you can see how important simple hydration should be. Drinking more water can also help with constipation (3), headaches (4), hangovers (5), and more! 

Water takes up space, plain and simple. So the most basic diet support that water is giving you is a filler. Remember when you were younger and loved any and all the soda you could get? Going to buffets or fast food with refills and slamming 2 glasses before the food got to the table. Next thing you know you’re half way into your Big Mac and realize your stuffed? That’s the power of liquid, so use that to your advantage. There was a 12 week study done were subjects consumed 16 oz of water 30 minutes before 3 meals a day and lost on average 9.5 pounds more compared to the no water pre meal group. (6) That is huge! Simply what that means is consumption of water before eating, should hopefully lead to on average less calories consumed each meal. That reduction of calories in each meal alone will trigger weight loss since the body has now entered a caloric deficit. 

Getting water through food is a fantastic way to increase overall water consumption as well as the majority of high yield water foods are great for you! With nearly 1/3 of our water consumption coming from out diet, fruits and vegetables rank highest as the best options to look into. Cucumbers, lettuce, courgettes, and radishes all come in at 95% water or higher. If you read my other article Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting! you will also know that those foods are all low macro nutrient foods so you can eat large quantities of those. One study, by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, found that the natural sugars, proteins, mineral salts and vitamins in water-rich fruits and vegetables means they also supplement the nutrients lost through exercise. (7) 

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Protein 

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Chicken, fish, beef, tofu, whey, or it doesn’t matter the source just eat more of it, to a point! The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. In 2014 a survey found that American men eat an average of 100 grams of protein a day, which is almost twice the recommended daily intake for males. Women eat a bit less – about 70 grams of protein a day, or one and a half time the recommended intake for females. Both of which are higher than the DRI recommended amounts, but is it enough? 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day for athletes, depending on training. Now the needs of a athlete and just someone trying to improve their diet are slightly different, but protein none the less is still a very important aspect to consider. Protein consumed evenly, spread out over the course of the day sets you up for the best success in muscle growth, but for overall body composition it seems as long as you get your protein numbers for the day you will be fine. In one study done for natural bodybuilders, research showed for active individuals, 1.2-2.2 g/kg is sufficient to allow adaptations from training. These conditions will change depending on levels of body fat, and energy expenditure. (8) 

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It also has been shown that a diet higher in protein can also lead to a better retention to LBM(lean body mass), to build on that the leaner the individual is, the higher the potential requirements for protein. (9) Diets higher in protein have been proven to result in greater weight loss, greater fat loss, and again, preservation of lean body mass. (10) Increased protein is also going to help fight off hunger cravings by increasing levels of satiety inducing hormones while reducing hunger hormones, aka get fuller faster.(11) Heck, even digesting protein burns more calories! TEF or thermic effects of food is the cause of this. The body expends 20-30% more calories digesting protein compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (1-3%). (12) To build on that, a diet with high protein intake has been shown to burn 80-100 calories more per day. (13)

Consuming adequate amounts of protein not only is good for body composition but is also an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, skin, making enzymes, and hormones. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce brain fog, and  boost energy levels. (14)

Overall increased diet in protein is going to give the body a whole host of benefits from improved energy, better metabolism, and increased satiety. That’s going to help get you moving, losing weight, and help prevent over eating and snacking! 

Some great protein sources would be: 

Meat:

  • Chicken,  lean Beef, Pork, Turkey

Fish

  • Salmon, Shrimp, Tilapia, Sardines, Tuna, 

Eggs 

Dairy

  • Greek  Yogurt, Milk, Cheese

Legumes

  • Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans 

Grains

  • Quinoa, Oats, rice bran

Fiber

I think fiber is one of the most overlooked, underrated aspect of nutrition and dieting. Fiber can play a HUGE roll when trying to lose weight. If you are wondering what fiber even is, it’s carbohydrates that cannot be digested. You have Insoluble fiber which act mainly as bulking or binding agents, and soluble fibers can help have an affect on health and metabolism. A recent study showed people who added fiber into their diets and changed nothing else, lost just as much weight as people following a heart healthy, low fat eating plan by the American Heart Association. (15) That study added to a growing body of evidence that people who eat more fiber tend to have healthier body weight.

Thankfully, typically high fiber foods are typically very healthy low calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Some high fiber foods to look out for would be:

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Without going into detail, soluble fiber is fantastic for maintaining overall gut health. The gut has good bacteria in it, and supplying it with soluble fiber helps kick in the prebiotic effect which is believed to be very beneficial for health and body weight. (16) (17) We also know when dieting that calories are low and hunger can set in quick! Fiber is going to help aid in fending off those hunger cravings just a bit longer. Fibers with high viscosity have been shown to increase satiety, reduce appetite, and cause weight loss. (18) 

After all of that you’re probably wondering how much fiber you should be eating I bet. The national fiber recommendations are 30-38 grams of fiber for men and 25 grams a day for women. I personally think if you are consuming at least 10 grams of fiber per 1000 calories then you should be fine. If your diet is focusing on micro nutrient rich foods, then you should have no problem hitting those guidelines.

All it takes is small adjustments

As you can see it doesn’t really take much to get yourself on the right path towards your health and fitness goals. Following these 3 steps, and using them as tools can dramatically change your body composition and lifestyle without making you over haul your kitchen, commit to a drastic diet change, or get completely flustered with information that you don’t do anything! These are things you already eat everyday so it’s just focusing on improving the quality and consumption of water, protein, and fiber. Once you master those aspects,  odds of setting yourself up for diet success will be highly improved. 

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Triple Threat Peanut Butter Cookie stuffed Buttermilk Muffins

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It’s 1895 and the world was changed as we knew it. That year Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. That set the tone for the next 100+ years of mastering the craft that is Peanut Butter. You love it, you hate it, but you always eat it. Sometimes one tablespoon just isn’t enough. Next thing you know you’re elbows deep in your last Epic Spreads jar. Yeah, I’ve had those PB blackouts to, it’s okay. This is a judgement free zone. 

I was determined to create an ultimate peanut butter muffin that not only gave you the kick of peanut butter, but also was way easier to fit into your daily allowance. I didn’t hold anything back with these PB filled flavor bombs. I swear the aroma these give off well baking is enough to make your mouth water. Not only did I make the base a peanut butter flavor, but then I stuffed the muffins with Muscletech’s new PB soft baked cookie, Epic Spreads Toffee PB, and Reeses baking chips for a triple threat peanut butter overload. 

Macros: Makes 12

Calories – 187

Fat – 6.3

Carbs – 23.5

Protein – 10.8

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Ingredients:

Wet Mix: 

  • 8 oz Low Fat Buttermilk 
  • 28g Lite Butter 
  • 2 Egg whites 
  • 1 Whole egg 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla 
  • 60g Fat Free Sour Cream 
  • 56g Epic Spreads Toffee Peanut Butter

Dry Mix: 

  • 50g Truvia 
  • 60g All Purpose Flour 
  • 100g Old Fashion Oats 
  • 1.5 scoops Muscletech Vanilla Whey 
  • 12g Powdered Peanut Butter 
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Salt 
  • 30g Reeses Baking Chips 
  • 1 Muscletech Soft Baked Cookie cut into small pieces.

Glaze:

  • 18g Powdered Peanut butter
  • Liquid to mix. I used water.  

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt your butter, then once melted add in your peanut butter and combine.
  3. Then proceed to add in the rest of your wet ingredients. Grab a good whisk and combine everything. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, place in all of your dry mix. Only add in half of your chips and cookie. Mix until combined.
  5. Optional Step* Leave out the Oats in step 4, then using a sifter, sift dry mix into wet, then add in oats to help ensure even distribution of ingredients.
  6. Proceed to use your whisk to combine your dry with your wet. Part way through you can switch to a spatula to make sure you get everything off of the bottom.
  7. Spray your muffin pan with non stick cooking spray, evenly coating each holder. No one wants muffins sticking!
  8. Evenly place your batter into prepared pan. You should have 12 pretty full muffin spots.*Batter can be refrigerated to help thicken batter, but is not needed.
  9. Once batter is distributed, evenly place remaining cooking pieces and Reeses chips on top of muffins.
  10. Place muffin tray in the oven and bake for roughly 14-18 minutes.
  11. Once muffins have baked through, take out of the oven and place the pan directly onto a cooling rack. Let sit for 7-10 minutes.
  12. After 7-10 minutes, remove your muffins from the tray and place back on cooling rack to finish cooling.
  13. At this point, take your powdered peanut butter for your glaze and mix just enough liquid to get a nice runny consistency that will be able to drizzle well, yet not to runny that it’s to watery and run right off of your muffins.
  14. Either using a piping bag, spoon, spatula, or method of choice, drizzle, cover, dip each muffin in your glaze.
  15. This point, your muffins are complete! Time to dig in! Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks 

  • Bake muffins on middle rack or above. Cooking them on a low rack can cause bottoms to cook faster. 
  • Use the toothpick test to check if completely baked through. 
  • Look for the tops to start turning golden brown for a sign of being done.
  • Peanut Butter Protein would work just as well in this recipe.
  • These keep well in the fridge. I had them for 5 days.
  • Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds for best eating quality.  

Things you may need 

MuscleTech Protein Cookie, Peanut Chocolate Chip, 6 Count

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Baking Chips-10 oz

MuscleTech Pro Series Premium Gold 100% Whey Powder, Vanilla Ice Cream, 2.5 Pound

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats – 42 oz

Epic Spreads – Toffee Peanut Cashew Coconut Spread

Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter, Net Wt. 16 Oz.

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Oh Yeah! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

For the entire OhYeah! Bar Reviews, you can find that here

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@one1brands CCCD review –
210 cals / 8f / 24c / 21p
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Average size bar at 60g. Chocolate coating with a cookie dough filling. Faint chocolate aroma is all the noise feels you get with this one. Decent split on macros, but a big reason One bars won’t ever replace bars like quest are the sugar alcohols. Quite a few people can’t handle them. Decent chew with this bar but not much for texture. This one didn’t finish off grainy like a lot of their other bars did for me which is a plus. Does have some chocolate chips scattered throughout the bar. The chocolate coating I did expect to be slightly stronger as it’s a decent coating but wasn’t. The filling did give you a decent cookie dough feel being soft and chewy. Could maybe use a touch of vanilla to help enhance the flavor imo. Decent bar, decent flavors, but nothing WOW here.
7.5/10

OhYeah! Nutrition One Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, 25.44 Ounce

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Arctic Zero(New Flavors)

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@arcticzero Rocky Road Trip , another new release from the people over at AZ. Thanks again for letting me give it a go. .
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300 cals for this pint. Chocolate base with mini marshmallows and roasted almonds. This pint definitely doesn’t lack mix’in’s. Loads of mallows and almonds in pretty much every bite, specially almonds. I would say my biggest point to work on for this flavor would be just kicking up the chocolate base flavor a bit more. I definitely like the PB flavor over this, but that’s personal preference as I’m not a huge nut in my food guy. .

 

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Peanut Butter Swirl

Vanilla base with swirls of Peanut butter throughout. It does have a similar taste to a PB2 taste, which is to be expected. Also, It’s got some white chips adding in for a bit of a crunch, and honestly I get a bit of a sea Salt taste at the end as well. If you let it sit out for awhile,it gets pretty soft and smooth.
For 300 calories a pint this is definitely something to grab. High up on my list of flavors

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@arcticzero Cherry Chocolate Chunk –
Another pint, another 300 cals. I was very impressed with this flavor. Cherry vanilla base with chunks of chocolate and cherry scattered throughout the pint. Gives you a nice chocolate covered cherry feel without the base being to overpowering of a cherry flavor. Worth mentioning that I don’t like cherry that much yet this was quite good. This one also softened up amazing. If you are a cherry fan then this one is definitely up your alley. .
Great job @arcticzero 👌

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 In case you need to pick some up.

MuscleTech NitroTech Protein Powder, Whey Isolate + Lean MuscleBuilder, Vanilla Birthday Cake, 2 lbs (907g)

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Optimum Nutrition Protein Bars

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@optimumnutrition bar reviews
Doing these 3 all at once so I can get them out of the way.

Brownie – chocolate bar with a chocolate drizzle. Slight brownie flavor, sticky, chewy, not overly chocolate or any flavor really. Reminds me of a faint tootsie roll.
5/10

CnC– Chocolate bar with chocolate and cream pieces scattered. Sticky, chewy, faint cream flavor and faint ‘cookie’ flavor as well. Nothing stands out and goes blah in your mouth.
3/10
Optimum Nutrition Opti-Bar Protein Bar, Cookies N Creme, 12 Count

WCR – Tan bar with white chocolate chips throughout. Sticky and grainy. Very artificial flavored. No go.
3/10

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@optimumnutrition Cinnamon Pecan Bar
260 cal / 10f / 22c / 20p

Visually very similar to a @fitjoynutrition without the nuts or the under coating. Decent cinnamon aroma, but no visible pecans. Maybe spot a few flakes if I look reallllllyyyy hard inside the bar. This was better than the CCCD but really not much flavor at all. You get a bit of spices right away but quick after that all flavor is gone. Grainy, bad mouth feel, bad after taste, just overall no go period. @combatcrunch or @fitjoynutrition would be better options for a cinnamon bar.
5/10

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@optimumnutrition CCCD review
230 cal / 7g / 23c / 20p
First off it’s a very dull unattractive bar. Only a few noticeable chocolate chips. Reminds me of some of the early ISO-1 bars. Average bar at 65g and macros comparable to CC or quest. To much of a powdered protein taste here. Smooth texture, slightly taffy like. Not much flavor going on here and not enough chocolate chips to support it. Also very sticky. Very very average bar unfortunately. I feel CCCD is a missed flavor most of the time.
4/10

Optimum Nutrition Opti-Bar Protein Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, 12 Count

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