So this is a serving for one. I know, I know. “What kind of recipe only has one serving?” This one does. And you’ll be glad because you won’t want to share!
I’ve been really trying to get my protein intake up but I can’t eat any more tuna and sometimes I want something better than a protein shake. Quest Nutrition makes bars that have, on average, less than 4g of net carbs per bar, and most have 20+ grams of protein! How awesome is that! Most of the flavors are really good (I’ll review some of them in another post), but today’s recipe features their Cinnamon Roll flavor.
This bar is great on it’s own, but add some orange icing (that has MORE protein in it), and it’s a whole different ball game my friends.
I was inspired by those delicious Pillsbury Orange Rolls. You know, the ones that you bake and end up
inhaling eating 4 of before you realize what you’ve done. Yeah, those bad boys. Unfortunately, those delicious rolls are 160 calories (not too bad), with 6 grams of fat (ok, still not terrible), 27g carbs (oh boy…)and just 2 grams of protein. Hardly a filling and nutritious breakfast. Once in awhile, you better believe I’ll eat my fair share of them, but when I NEED an orange roll, I can opt for this protein packed version instead!
Guiltless (and Protein packed) Sweet Orange Roll
- 1 Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar (you can find them online or at your local GNC).
- 1 small orange or tangerine, juiced
- 1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein
How to do it:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degree F.
- With a rolling pin, roll out the bar until it’s about a cm thick. You don’t want it breaking, but you want it pretty thin.
- Cut the bar in half, hot dog style (or long ways for the sophisticated folks ;D)
- Roll up both halves so it looks like a cinnamon roll, put it on a cookie sheet, and stick it in the oven for 5 minutes.
- While it’s baking, Mix the juice from your orange with the protein until it looks like icing (add the protein little by little until it gets to the thickness you like).
- When the cinnamon roll is done, top it with the icing and devour it. No one will judge you ;)
Seriously, it’s so easy and way better for you!
If you use all the protein and all the icing on top of your cinnamon roll (it’s a lot of icing, so just finish it with a spoon…at least, that’s what I did…) this recipe comes in at 287 calories, just 14 net carbs, 7g fat (mostly from almonds in the Quest Bar), and a whopping 36 grams of protein.