Protein bar deconstructed: roasted soybeans, nuts, and dark chocolate

Soynut, almond, pepita mix 012

 

Does anyone else feel like summer flew by? My blogging has definitely been inconsistent recently, but it’s been a busy few months! I started a new job teaching counseling lab for

nutrition students, and I trained for and completed my first triathlon! Finishing a triathlon

I'm on the left with my Red Coyote tri buddy Kathy!

I’m on the left with my Red Coyote tri buddy Kathy!

wasn’t one of my original goals this year, but I was challenged by a client to do one, and I’m so glad I did. I had such a fun time, and I can’t wait to do another one. While my swim still needs some work (okay, it needs a lot of work) I successfully finished an extended sprint distance tri: 1000 yard swim, 20 mile bike, and a 4 mile run. I was no where near the top finisher, but I didn’t finish last, and that was my only goal! I really just wanted to have fun with it. There are definitely people who take those races very seriously, and other people who are in it for the experience and great feeling of accomplishment you have after completing one–that’s me!

 

Now onto a super simple recipe!

 

For anyone looking to have an easy power breakfast before work or after a hard workout, I definitely recommend topping off your oatmeal or Greek yogurt with this deconstructed protein bar. I really love the Evolution roasted soybean and pepita protein bar, but I don’t like to just have a bar for breakfast; they don’t keep me full, and they aren’t cheap. I’m also always looking for ways to bump up the protein content of my normal breakfast using real food and without leaning on protein powders. So I took the super healthy roasted soybean, which really is just a great crunchy vegetarian protein and used it as a base for this mix. You can buy a big bag of plain roasted soybeans for a few dollars. I then mixed the soybeans with pumpkin seeds, almonds, and extra dark chocolate chips to make my perfect protein mix. The chocolate really just makes it fun! I gave it all a few quick pulses in the food processor to break up the almonds and soynuts into smaller pieces, and then it’s ready to eat!

 

I’ve mixed this nutty concoction into plain Greek yogurt that I sweetened with a little maple syrup or honey and sliced strawberries or bananas. It’s also a great way to add crunch and extra protein to your morning oatmeal! The mix itself is really just mildly sweet from the chocolate, so it pairs great with naturally sweet fruit.

 

roasted soybean yogurt strawberry breakfast bowl

 

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