Kat vs Starbucks – The Ultimate Bakeoff !

24 06 2011

SO.. everyone knows that Starbucks has pretty good treats.. they have a lovely window of consumables that they want you to emotionally invest in before you order your coffee so you then will buy and consume. Starbucks does not offer ONE sugar free treat.. but dont get me started.

Ain’t it the truth ! Courtesy of Natalie Dee

One of my all time favourite things was a fudge oatmeal bar that they make. Let’s be serious for a moment and acknowledge that just because it has oatmeal, it isnt really health-food. LOL
When I was still consuming sugar, I use to make them at home, scoffing at Starbucks for charging me almost $3 for a baked good I could and have made at home.

Fast forward to now, when I am without a fudge bar AND unable to consume sugar. I look at all that Starbucks stuff with an evil eye of spite…. until two days ago. I was cruising around on askGeorgie’s website to find something… i forget what, and came across this recipe. They LOOK exactly like those heavenly Starbucks fudge oat squares, but they have protein AND they have no sugar !

SO the bake off commences. Ken is going out in the wilds of Northern Ontario with a friend this weekend, and will be consuming the “Starbucks” fudge bars..I will be home, blissfully chewing on these “faux” bars.

Throws evil eye at Starbucks

Starbuck’s Knock Off Fudge Oatmeal Bars

1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons real vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Set aside 2 tablespoons of the butter. Beat the remaining butter with a mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well mixed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another large bowl stir together flour and baking soda; stir in oats. Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan combine the 2 tablespoons butter, the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate . Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15×10×1-inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.

Bake in a 350°F oven about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2×2 inch inch bars.

OUCH ! No wonder I was fat !
Calories 440, Fat 18 g, Total Carbs 3 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 42 g & Protein 6 g

THE CHALLENGER !! (and of course Winner)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Protein Bars
from askGeorgie

Cooking oil spray
½ cup plain oatmeal (quick oats, not instant)
½ cup unsweetened soymilk
¼ cup egg whites (2 whites)
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (1/3 cup)
½ cup Splenda granulated or sugar (or 12 packets Truvia)
¼ cup milled flaxseed
2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons natural peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8″ pan with cooking oil spray.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine oats and milk; cook for 60 seconds. Stir and allow to cool; mix in egg whites and vanilla.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the whey protein, Splenda, flaxseed, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

Add oatmeal mixture to dry ingredients; mix just until everything is moist. Spread batter in pan.

Place peanut butter in microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds or until melted. Spoon peanut butter over batter in pan and swirl with knife tip.
Bake for 10 minutes; allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. Wrap each individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer or refrigerator. Unwrap and microwave 30 seconds to warm.

HI OLD friend !

These cut into HUGE bars of 6:
195 calories, 11 g total fat, 14 g total carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 12 g protein




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