Sunday, September 2, 2007

Recipe: Fiber One Clusters

It seems that everyone who diets (except those Atkins folks) is in love with Fiber One. What's not to love? It's low in calories and sugar, high in fiber, and doesn't dissolve when it hits the milk. Apparently, there's a hot Weight Watchers recipe making the rounds that calls for half a box of Fiber One and a bag of chocolate chips. I decided to modify it for 40-30-30 purposes. These make a crunchy, chocolately snack that's actually tasty and higher in protein than your average chocolate cookie or candy. If you like Nestle Crunch bars, you'll probably like these.

Jen's Fiber One Clusters

3.5 cups Fiber One Cereal (or Trader Joe's High Fiber Cereal, and half the price, with less fiber)
1 cup chocolate chips (milk or semisweet, depending on your tastes)
1 oz reduced fat peanut butter
5 scoops protein powder

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper, plus cut one additional piece of waxed paper that's the same size.

In microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and protein powder. Microwave on high heat for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to microwave for 30 second increments until relatively smooth.

Mix Fiber One cereal into chocolate mixture. Pour onto wax-paper covered baking sheet, and use second sheet of waxed paper to press down until even and about 1/2" thick.

Refrigerate until firm, break into bite-sized pieces. Store in air-proof container.

Nutritional info per 1-ounce serving:
88 calories
17 grams of carbs
6 grams of protein
3 grams of fat
7 grams of fiber
(44% carbs, 25% protein, 31% fat)

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