Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Square


This recipe is originally from Eat Spin Run Repeat and is designed to make 16 square of 54 calories each. It is more cake texture than protein bar.


  • 3/4 C oatmeal flour, made by processing 1 C of oatmeal
  • 3/4 C vanilla whey protein powder (3 scoops)***
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 packet Stevia, or 1 tbsp. cup for cup sugar product. Note: if your protein powder is already slightly sweetened, you can omit this. Or, if like me, you can’t eat Stevia, you can substitue 1 tbsp. brown sugar adding 3 calories per square.
  • 1/2 C egg whites, approx. 3 large egg whites
  • 1 C unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp. plain fat free yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 C lemon juice (approx. juice of 2 lemons)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

***Before I continue, I’ll clarify this entry. I do not use whey protein. It upsets my system, so I used Raw Vegan Protein Powder, which is plant based, non-soy, non-milk, non-whey. It does not have vanilla flavoring so I added a little more lemon and an additional 1/2 tsp. vanilla to make up for it.

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a 9 x 9″ baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine the oatmeal flour, protein powder, baking soda and poppy seeds in one bowl, large enough to add the moist ingredients as well.

In the second dish (I used a 4 C measuring cup with a spout), blend together the apple sauce, egg whites, yogurt, lemon juice and zest and vanilla extract. If you’re adding stevia or sugar, add it into this as well. Stir until it is all blended well.

Using a spatula to scrape the bowl, pour the liquids into the dry mix and blend well, making sure it is smooth and well blended.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.

The outside edges will turn golden brown and pull away from the sides of the pan. Let it cool completely and cut into 16 squares.2016-10-01-22-26-47

According to the original recipe, they will keep in the fridge for about 10 days, getting dense as they cool. If you want to keep them longer, they can be individually wrapped and frozen.

According to the original recipe, each serving supplies: 54 calories (57 if you added sugar), 1 g. fat, 13mg cholesterol, 63g sodium, 5 g carbs, 1g fiber, 1 g. sugar (1.3 if you added sugar), 6g protein.


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