Quest Bar Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

Quest Bar Peanut Butter Brownie Cups | The Slender Student Quest Bar fans are like a super fit cult. Seriously, the other day when I picked these up, the woman at the store told me that people normally buy them $300 at a time. That’s, like, a lot of protein bars. But when you consider all of the treats you can make with these (Oreos, ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter brownie cups), it becomes a little more clear how people are subsisting on Quest Bars alone. Not that I’d recommend it myself.

Just a heads up, these bars are a little pricey and sometimes difficult to find, but I like to seek them out to change things up once in awhile. They’re packed with 20 g of protein, have less than 200 calories, come in an all natural line, and are reminiscent of an ultra chewy candy bar. I’d say that’s worth the extra hunt and cash.

DSC_1490 Quest Bar Peanut Butter Brownie Cups
Servings: 2 cups | Calories per serving: 215
Fat: 7.5 g (Sat Fat: 1.0 g) | Carbohydrate: 29.0 g | Fiber: 21.0 g| Protein: 25.0 g

ingredients:

1 chocolate brownie Quest Bar

2 T PB2

1 T water

 

directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°.

2. Unwrap your Quest Bar and microwave it for 10 seconds.

3. Using a rolling pin, a plastic cup, or your hands, roll out the Quest Bar until it’s flat and pliable.

4. Cut the bar into thirds and place two of the pieces on the cups of a mini muffin tin that’s been turned upside down. Using your fingers, mold the softened bar to the shape of the muffin tin.
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5. Cut off the excess corners to give the cups a nice rounded edge.

6. Place in the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 3 minutes.

7. While the cups are baking, re-microwave the leftover Quest piece and scraps for 10-15 seconds. Roll the pieces together into a ball, divide into two, and create two flattened circular discs. DSC_1485

8. Mix the PB2 and water, dividing the portion between the two cooled Quest cups.

9. Place the discs over the tops of the filled cups, press down, and bake for an additional minute.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student

There’s a certain feeling I get from baking that I just don’t get from cooking. Sometimes I just need to channel my inner Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stranger Than Fiction.

On the other hand, though, baking sucks. You need to measure things precisely, dirty a sinkful of dishes, and then you get stuck with dozens of sugary baked goods that will haunt you until you either give them away or stuff them in your own piehole (/muffinhole/cookiehole/cupcakehole).

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student

These brownies are a different story. They’re low calorie, high protein, high fiber, and only require a handful of ingredients. Your kitchen will be clean in no time and you’ll be left feeling like you are that dynamic, tattooed girl with her own shabby chic bakery.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies
Servings: 8 | Calories per serving: 96
Fat: 3.1 g (Sat Fat: 0.3 g) | Carbohydrate: 12.5 g | Fiber: 5.4 g| Protein: 5.3 g

ingredients
2 ripened bananas
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
2 packets Stevia
2 scoops chocolate Vega One (or your chocolate protein powder of choice)
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk (only if your batter seems try)
PAM Original nonstick spray

directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350° and coat a 9×9 baking dish with PAM.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash your ripened bananas well with a fork.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student 3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Scoop your batter into the baking dish and using your spatula or spoon, spread it evenly into the dish. It might help to spray your spatula with PAM too.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let them cool completely before cutting and removing them from the pan.

recipe from Undressed Skeleton

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Late Night Lollipop

Late Night Lollipop | The Slender Student

Ya know, sometimes dinner just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes 9 pm rolls around and you’re in bed watching Dexter and despite the blood and violence, you find yourself feeling hungry. The last thing you need before bed is some simple carb-fueled sugar high. Cue the late night lollipop– the simple snack sweet enough to ward off any premium channel-level gore induced nightmares.

Late Night Lollipop | The Slender Student Late Night Lollipop
Servings: 1 | Calories per serving: 100
Fat: 8.5 g (Sat Fat: 1.1 g) | Carbohydrate: 4.4 g | Fiber: 2.1 g| Protein: 2.5 g

ingredients:
1 T unsalted almond butter
3 dark chocolate chips

directions:
1. Load up your almond butter on a spoon and top with the chocolate chips.
2. Freeze for 15 minutes.
3. Enjoy.

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