(Pictured is v1; v2 is below with a slightly altered recipe.)
A spin-off of Scooby’s Poo-Bars using vital wheat gluten mixed with pea protein powder, to compliment each other’s amino acid profiles and as a cheap (and vegan, if that’s your thing) alternative to using whey.
Each bar is roughly 250 calories and a bit less than 30g protein, depending on your seed of choice.
Pre-heat oven to about 250-300F. We’re gonna slow-bake these, otherwise they’ll end up actively resisting mastication.
Next few steps are as with Scooby’s Poo-Bars:
Take all dry ingredients (or maybe about 80-90% of the VWG you intend to use; see below), dump into bowl, mix uniformly with hands.
Add water, about half to start with. Mix with hands, not spoon. Slowly add more and more water until the “dough” is less solid than if you were making Scooby poo-bars: sticky and about falling apart, for ease of rolling onto a cookie sheet.
Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper (aluminum foil not recommended; it might stick to the bars and you could swallow it!), then dust liberally with VWG. Likewise dust your rolling pin. Drop protein dough onto cookie sheet, mash with hands (keep rolling pin aside for now, you don’t want to break the handles) until it’s about covered the whole sheet/pan. Now dust over the top of the pea-brotein mix, then rolling pin it until flat and uniform, dusting and re-dusting the dough with more VWG as this stuff WILL stick to your fingers and rolling pin terribly.
Put in oven, bake for at least 2 hours, more like 3 or 4 if you don’t want them less fluffy, more crispy. You probably got plenty of time to drive to the gym, do your thing, then go grocery shopping, then visit your grandma for a while then come home.
V2: with Peanut Butter
Above was the first attempt; following is Try Two with a slightly altered recipe (ended up a bit “fluffier” than above):
4 cups oats
6 servings (if using Now Sports) pea protein powder
1 cup peanut butter (so we use less PPP; making the bars less costly but higher-calorie)
2 cups VWG
6-8 cups water
1 cup flaxseed or hemp or chia
Mostly the same procedure as above. Recommended to mix the peanut butter with 1-2 cups water in a separate bowl beforehand; that way, it’ll mix more easily with the oats, PPP, and VWG.
Also recommended, if you use chia, to mix it in with the PB-n-water mix and let sit at least five minutes to let the seeds “soak/absorb” the PB; otherwise they’ll get stuck in your teeth.
That, or first grind the chia with a coffee bean grinder like you can find at Walmart for $13 or Goodwill sometimes for about $6 or $7.
If anyone is feeling adventurous, you could try completely replacing the PPP with PB. Probably 4 cups peanut butter to equal the protein of 8 servings pea protein powder. ma’habocath is not sure, however, how such a dish would turn out.
Would be much, much cheaper but also much, much higher-calorie (even if they’d be loads of healthy PB fats); recommended to drop the flax/chia/hemp component, and to experiment with how much oats and water one would need to make it all “stick” together.