Cinnamon. Roll. Protein Bars.
That are kind of like eating cheesecake. And a cinnamon roll. TOGETHER…WITH PROTEIN.
“Brain explosion” is basically the only words that I can use to describe the current situation of my life at this very moment in time.
Sooo, cinnamon rolls. You like them, I like them. You KNOW when Cinnabon is around the corner at the mall. I also KNOW that you try to put on sunglasses, or put your hair up, or SOMETHING to make yourself look different, so that you can walk by the lady a few times when she’s giving out samples, because you’re T-R-I-C-K-Y like that.
Or is that just me? Don’t answer that.
As we obviously just discovered I have a very real addiction to things that come with spicy-sweet cinnamon flavor and are oozing with thick, rich, velvety-smooth cream cheese frosting. How-EV-ER, there is also the other very real obsession that lingers on the tip of my taste buds at all times: cheesecake.
Now, this healthy-dessert-bar-hybrid-delicious thing (descriptive name right?) was not really PLANNED. The original thought process behind using cream cheese in these protein bars was to achieve some serious cream cheese icing flavor goals that I had the desire to achieve when you sunk your teeth down into these protein-packed, keep-ya-full-until-lunch little snackies.
BUT THEN, something magical happened. When the bars came out of the oven – VOILA – cheesecake consistency WITH all those sweet cinnamon and vanilla notes that come along with the most perfect of perfect cinnamon rolls.
There was nothing inside of me that was even the TEENIEST bit mad at this unexpected turn of events.
I meaannnn, who wants to eat a boring pumpkin protein bar, chocolate protein bar or REALLY any other kind of homemade protein bar when you could mix 6 pantry-staple ingredients in 1 bowl (!!!) and end up with thick, creamy, spicy-sweet, vanilla scented bars that taste like dessert but – PSYCH – are packed with protein and healthy vibes, and are generally just GOOD 4 U.
Andddd, you don’t even have to mess up your hair or throw on sunglasses. If you want to sample 6 bars at once, YOU CAN MY FRIEND.
Which, if you want my opinion, is a realllllly good idea.