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Pear Bars

Serves: 8

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month The Soyfoods Council challenged the Recipe Redux group to come up with some creative recipes using Tofu to help inspire our family and friends to add more soy into their diet! Soy (tofu) has many health benefits that you may not be aware of: it helps lower bad cholesterol, alleviates symptoms related to menopause and decreases your risk of cancer. It is also a great source of calcium, vitamin E and protein!

I used the tofu in this recipe to help increase the protein level (because we all know how much I love adding protein to things) and to help keep the top and bottom layers of the bars from drying out!

I hope you enjoy them! I know I did….as you will see below along with the details of the giveaway! 🙂 Plus you will be able to see other creative tofu recipes made by the amazing members of Recipe Redux!

Fit Ingredients

  • 6oz (170g) firm tofu, drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4c coconut milk (carton)
  • 1tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3c powdered stevia (adjust to your desired sweetness level)
  • 1/3c (35g) coconut flour (I used Bob’s Red Mills)
  • 1/2c (42g) SunWarrior Vanilla protein powder (can sub with whole wheat flour)
  • 1/3c (30g) vanilla whey protein (can use all SunWarrior if you’d prefer)
  • 1/2c (136g) pear butter
  • 1oz (28g) slivered almonds

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  • 5x7in baking pan
  • non stick spray
  • blender

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Directions

1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray your baking pan with non stick spray.

3. In your blender, combine your tofu, egg, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Blend well.

4. In a bowl combine your dry ingredients: 1 tsp cinnamon, stevia, coconut flour and both protein powders. Whisk well.

5. Combine your wet ingredients with your dry ingredients and mix well, forming a dough.

6. Spread half of your dough on the bottom of your pan.

7. Spread your pear butter over your dough.

8. Sprinkle the almonds on your pear butter.

9. Spread the remaining half of your dough evenly on top of the pear butter and almonds.

10. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

11. Bake for ~50 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden and the center is set.

12. Remove the bars from the oven and allow to cool.

13. Place the bars in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before slicing.

14. Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt on top, if desired.

So how did they turn out? Absolutely delicious! Even the boyfriend loved them! And we know that means they are ‘approved’ when he likes something! I didn’t tell him there was tofu in it until after he ate it, so that he would give me an honest opinion! Do we possibly have a tofu convert on our hands?! 😉 He got one bar…and I purposely  accidentally pushed the rest to the back of the refrigerator so I could have them for myself! Yes, I once again managed to eat all the remaining bars myself over the next few days! 🙂

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Nutrition (for 1 out of 8 bars)

Calories: 132.4, Protein: 11.2g, Carbs: 12.3g, Fat: 4.5g (3g Saturated), Sodium: 118mg, Fiber: 3g (Net Carbs: 9.3g)

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Now, for the news that you have been waiting for this whole post……

The Giveaway!

The Soyfoods Council has been so kind as to allow us to giveaway one of theiramazing cookbooks!

The contest will start today and run until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, October 20th. There are 4 ways to enter:

1) Follow me on Twitter: @fitchick428*

2) Tweet “I just entered to win a cookbook from @fitchick428 at www.ingredientsofaftichick.com in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month”*

3) Follow me on Instagram: fitchick428*

4) Leave a comment below with “How YOU….Tofu” with a favorite recipe or way to use it!

*Once you follow me on this platform/tweet this message, leave a comment below. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each of the above items so I can generate a winner! The winner will be announced on Monday October 22, 2012!

I wish you all the best of luck! And make sure to spread the word about the importance of Tofu!

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“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Soyfoods Council and am
eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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29 Comments
  • Such a great recipe girl.. as always! Oh & I'll be emailing you back within the day or two. I've been pretty busy lately. Thanks for the sweet words though hunnie, you are AMAZING!!
    October 15, 2012
  • These sound so good & I love how much protein you were able to pack in them! So glad to have you in the ReDux (just be sure to link this post up with everyone else to make sure you're entered into the contest :)
    October 15, 2012
  • Saweeet! Love the recipe, and girl you know I follow ya on Instagram! :D I would follow you on twitter, but I don't have one haha I'm actually not too sure how it works to be honest :D
    October 15, 2012
  • Oh and I like using tofu for puddings!! :D
    October 15, 2012
  • Already follow you on twitter!
    October 15, 2012
  • I tweeted!
    October 15, 2012
  • Already follow you on Instagram! <3
    October 15, 2012
  • I am currently addicted to making chocolate tofu pudding! Who would have thought! For savory dinners I love spicy baked tofu in a stir fry.
    October 15, 2012
  • Can't wait to try this. Looks so good.
    October 15, 2012
  • I just started using Sunwarrior and have a big bag of vanilla powder to experiment with, this sounds great! I love your "Fit Ingredients," but I wonder, will it really serve 8? I kinda think maybe 2 people, max! YUM! :D
    October 15, 2012
  • Err, tofu as dessert dough? You continue to have the coolest/most unique recipe ideas! Plus they're mega-protein, so I can actually make them work with my nutrition guidelines, even better! Oh, and I tofu by...baking my tofu. I'm so boring with it, I apparently need this cookbook, haha!
    October 15, 2012
  • And I already follow you on Twitter!
    October 15, 2012
  • And I tweeted.
    October 15, 2012
  • And I follow you on IG, woot!
    October 15, 2012
  • Fab idea! I would have never thought to use tofu like this!
    October 16, 2012
  • Tracey
    Hmm, can't seem to find pear butter. What brand did you buy? BTW: Thanks for stating you used carton coconut milk:)
    October 16, 2012
  • I make Tosca's tofu chocolate mousse (http://www.eatcleandiet.com/food_and_recipes/clean_recipe/tofu_chocolate_mousse.aspx). Substituting butterscotch chips for chocolate chips is SUPER yummy, though less healthy :-)
    October 17, 2012
  • Wow! Amazing amount of protein in a dessert bar...well maybe could qualify as snack bar now!
    October 19, 2012

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