Friday, February 25, 2011
Alton Brown's Protein Bars
So, this isn't my usual ingredient list. Nor is it my usual baking style. Tofu? Soy protein powder? Uh, no. I don't know why, those things don't seem like "real" food to me. Although I like tofu, and soymilk and other soy products. It's just that...in terms of baking...that stuff seems like Jetson's food.
I made these bars because...well, it's kind of a long story. It's because of this play I'm doing. In which my character, who is skeptical of all things eco-friendly, says "I don't want whatever puffed amaranth alpha and omega-3 super bar you've got, okay?" The line has changed somewhat. In the original version of the play there were more things listed as ingredients of this bar (which our actor-friendly playwright kindly put in alphabetical order) and there was also at least one profanity used in describing this bar.
Anyway, I wanted to give the women I've been working with a token of affection as an opening night gift. So, these bars seemed...fitting.
Are they a delicious treat? No. Are they a passable protein bar? Absolutely. Are they better than actual brand-name Power Bars? Oh, yes. Far less with the chewy. Will I make them again? Brace yourselves for another long story...probably not. Prima is allergic to peanuts, and although her allergy is not severe (we use peanut butter all the time--just not in her food), this is the first time I've baked in our home with it. She was mortally offended. And frankly, it's not worth it to me to make these. Because they're okay, but they're not GREAT. Did I give them to my theatre companions for opening night anyway? Yes. With homemade wrappers that used the line from the play as the name of the bar. If nothing else, I'm sometimes clever.