I can remember the first time I ate a protein bar. It was between games at a high school volleyball tournament. Our team was huddled in a hallway, passing around bags of snacks. Suddenly something landed in my paw that wasn't my highly anticipated soft and chewy La Bagel Delight sesame bagel. It was a wrapped lemon Luna Bar. It was Protein for Women! And an inspirational quote to boot.
As with all foods, what was once novel is now routine. I'm sure my own children will have Willy Wonka-esque meal bars that taste exactly like roast chicken and a side of frites. In the meantime, recipes for all kinds of protein and breakfast bars abound. My own foray into oatmeal breakfast bars last week only proved that I'm just another sucker for eating food in the shape of a
brick bar. That's why I decided to double up and make peanut butter breakfast slabs bars.
These weren't the chewy, easily portable bars I had hoped for. Even after cooling, they remained just soft enough that I'd recommend eating them at home. But I still found myself nibbling, then nibbling some more, enjoying the combination of peanut butter and sesame. I added puffed rice to give the bars some crunch. Though they are intensely nutty, they're not overly sweet. I even enjoy laying a light smear of jelly over the top of the bars.
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About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar.