Hello Friends…. I know, it’s been a while!
As some of you know the last year has been a whirlwind of recipes and photos for the new Trim Healthy Table Cookbook. Most days I was up to my ears in soups and casseroles, fun and crazy drinks and always lots of scrumptious desserts. Between that project and keeping my household functioning and happy, there wasn’t much time for artsy creations or my own recipe ideas…. But this little number is one that I have been making for over a year and am just getting around to sharing it with you.
I have been with this THM crowd for a number of years now and have had some successful seasons and others, not so much. And in the process I have learned a few things. You see, I stand about 5’1″ on a good day and I am on the quick downward slope towards the ripe old age of 50! My metabolism just isn’t what it once was and the truth is that I usually eat too much. I love me some good S meals and you know how I love my rich and creamy S desserts. It is easy for me to get stuck in that zone where calories abound. I know we don’t want to promote a lot of calorie counting but it can be an occasional tool that helps me find ways to make my efforts more effective.
And that is where these little Magic Bites come in. The magic lies in one of the star ingredients. Oat Fiber. This is not to be confused with Oat Flour or Ground Oats… it is different element entirely as it is just the pure fiber extracted from the oat grain. But the beauty of this chalky little powder is that it fills up your tummy but contains absolutely no calories, carbs or fat. It is literally just fiber. I have combined it with some protein and other flavors to make this little bars that contain only 42 calories per serving and yet give you the feeling of a sweet treat. Have one with a large glass of water or a cup of coffee and it might make you think of Elven Lembas Bread from Lord of the Rings…. sorry, but we are fans over here…. “One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man”…. says Legolas. Ok… so maybe they are not quite that filling but you get the idea.
Now before you tell me you don’t like the texture of oat fiber…. I know, it can be a tad chalky… but it’s a texture I actually don’t mind at all. If it’s not your favorite… that’s fine, move along.
For me these sweet, filling little bars are just enough to make me feel I have had a treat. If I know I am going to be out of the house for a bit I will bring one with me to ward off other temptations. They are a Fuel Pull (If you are following THM) so they can also be a little extra after your E meal if you didn’t quite feel full enough.
I do realize that the list of ingredients that follows is mostly specialty stuff that only the die hard THeMers will have on hand. If that’s not you… feel free to check back because I am working on a bar that will have nothing special in it… Ha… but don’t hold your breath… you know I am not the most consistent blogger ever….
But if you are looking for some of this special stuff, check out the THM STORE!
1/2 cup THM Pristine Whey Protein Powder
1/2 cup Pressed Peanut Powder
1/2 cup Oat Fiber
1/3 to 1/2 cup Gentle Sweet (depending on your desired sweetness)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Maple, Vanilla or Caramel extract
1 Tbls Coconut Oil
5 Tbls Water
1 Tbls Chia Seeds
Add First 5 ingredients to your Food Processor Bowlwith metal blade. Pulse until mixed.
Add extract and Coconut oil (may sub butter or other oil of choice) Blend or pulse until it is evenly distributed (about 30 seconds)
with processor running, add water, one tablespoon at a time. You want it to just start to stick together when you squeeze a bit of the powder between your fingers. For me, this takes about 5 Tablespoons but you may need a bit more or less… Just don’t put too much or you will have a sticky mess.
Add Chia seeds last and pulse till combined.
Pour out contents onto silicon mat or parchment paper and shape into a square about and inch tall. I like to press it together using my hands and the flat end of a knife to get nice straight edges. Then cut into 10 bars.
Store in airtight container in the fridge.
2 grams of Fat,
2 grams of Carbs
4 grams fiber
6 grams of Protein