A Recipe! Peanut Butter Protein Bars


Workout – hmmmmm.  nothing.

I had grand plans to hit up the gym this morning.  I convinced myself that cross training was totally acceptable and it was going to happen.  then I convinced myself that I agreed not to do anything until this weekend.  and I went with that notion.  blar.  no fun.  but that’s the dealio I made with myself.  truthfully, I haven’t been stretching and rolling and my leg kind of hurts.  the whole general area that is my right leg.  so it could use a few more days.  I did run 4 marathons in 6 months.  that’s a lot for this little msfitrunner girl.  I think I am going to have the most fantastic run this weekend.  and I fully expect the weather to completely cooperate and give me nothing but sunshine, 65 degrees and no wind.  thank you very much.


I’ve got one down with what seems to be a fever.

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sad face.

that puts a little wrench in my day.  but a cute little wrench, because there is really nothing better than being forced to cuddle with a CALM 2 year old boy.  and then having to do everything while holding him.  this is his first fever in his short little 27 month old life.  slowing him down.  kind of a good thing. 


and I’ve got one round of dance recital rehearsal done.  one to go tomorrow and then the real deal in a couple weeks. 

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she will be on a new episode of ‘toddlers and tiaras’.  look out. 

there might be nothing cuter than a class of 5 and 6 year old little princesses dancing to “I love Getting Dressed for Tea”.  none of them are on the same page and it’s darling.


If I didn’t have a little sickly needing his mama, I would talk more about some of the little bits I mentioned yesterday, like running and why it happened this past weekend and why certain races aren’t happening.  but I’m actually needed today, and I give you a quickie recipe instead.  So here it is, a recipe for you people!!!

These are so yummy.  and they are no bake.  because I can’t bake anything.  oven malfunction.

Here’s how it goes peeps:

Peanut Butter Protein Fiberlicious Bars

1c. natural peanut butter

1/2 c. agave nectar

5 scoops whey protein powder (give or take, whatever floats your boat)

2c Nature’s Path Smartbran

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Almond extract, optional

Microwave peanut butter and agave in bowl for 90 seconds.  Stir well.  Mix in protein powder.  Stir in Smartbran cereal.  It should be very thick.  Put into 9×13 pan.  Spread with spoon.  Cover with wax paper and mat down, smooth out.  Refrigerate. 

Seriously.  It does not get easier than that.

Possible Subs – other sweeteners, honey, or another syrupy sweetener.  I’m not well versed in all of the sweeteners the cool kids use.  You can use other cereals as well, I like the smartbran because it’s really high in fiber.  you can use any crunchy cereal though.  for the kids, I used those Koala Crisps. It was like peanut butter rice krispie treats, but not so bad for you.  You could probably also use kamut puffs, brown rice cereal, anything like that.  You can also use old fashioned oats in replace of cereal.  that’s how this recipe started out once upon a time ago. 

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Protein powder – you can use different kinds, you may just have to experiment with the sweetener and the consistency.  I find the whey protein blends the best and gives the best flavor.  The plantfusion works ok as well, but some other vegan powders may not mix as well.  test it out though. 

Here’s the nutrition 411:

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Plugged it into MyFitnessPal, and voila.  this is for a 9×13 pan cut into 24 pieces.  easy peasy.


And I’m off to do this mothering thing and take care of little sicky. 

stay healthy, my friends.  go make some peanut butter bars!

About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

14 responses »

  1. Poor little sicky 😦 I have a love/hate thing when my boys get sick. Obviously I don’t like them not feeling well, but they are so cute when they aren’t going a million miles a minute and are just clingy and needy. I’m usually over it after about 12 hours – so here’s to wishing your little man a short staying bug and some extra mommy snuggles!

  2. Hi! So sorry to hear your little one is sick….hope he gets better soon!

    Sorry this comment is unrelated to your post…but, I have an article I wanted to share, again from one of my favorite resources, Mr. Pfitzinger. It made me think of you since you’re taking a much needed break from running and might be worrying about losing fitness. Take a look.. http://pfitzinger.com/labreports/detraining.shtml I came across it today while I’ve been contemplating some time off..I’ve been running through pain since my marathon in November and it’s just getting to the point where I’m tired of it and feeling so awful day after day. After what I recommended to you about taking off I realized I need to take my own advice. I’m not at all happy about it, but I’m also not happy feeling like I can’t run my best. I’d like to start training for a fall marathon, but I know it’s not smart to start off hurt. Hope the leg starts feeling better..you’ll be running fast again in no time!!

  3. When you first posted about the peanut butter bars I was hoping you would put the recipe up. Can’t wait to try it out; I love making my own protein bars. Hope your little boy gets better quickly!

  4. I feel your pain with this rest period. I just finished up my track season with a 10k friday night at our college’s championships and I am banned from running for 2 weeks. My coach requires everyone to take a 2 week break to recover properly. It’s only day 3 and I am already going crazy. Cross training is also off limits until Saturday. I am just counting down the days and trying to keep myself as occupied as possible! Arrggghh!

      • Oh, no worries- I will still be blogging!! I just don’t have much running to talk about as of late, eventually I’ll get back into running and training! Sunday is the planned day for my return to the road- fingers crossed everything works properly;) and props to you on an AMAZING half marathon- when I grow up I want to be like you;) xoxo

      • hehe sorry Katie I was commenting on @Little Racer’s comment, she used to blog!
        …but Katie we are TWINS! did you see the new LULU summer items?!, I’ve got my eye on the new Boardshorts!!!
        ~when I grow up I will come race on the east coast with you, if you promise to come FUN RUN in Cali with me!!!

  5. I cannot read past the 4-marathons in 6-mnths!!!?! holy smokes!
    I feel like I can definitely race a Half-mara every month, but the marathon is a whole different beast, especially when you’re in the race to push and PR!
    there are about 50-races I want to do this summer…but I’m keeping my calendar somewhat light because I know I am not very good at “fun-running” a race.
    I am so sorry your little one is sick 😦 and that your oven is sick too 😦
    I hope you’ve been having a great wednesday!

  6. I feel the little one on being sick… I woke up at 8am but didn’t get out of bed until 12:30 because I feel like complete garbage. I was really looking forward to going on my first run since the Nashville marathon too. Tomorrow hopefully 🙂

    Those bars look yummy, will be making those after finals are over.


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