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Apple & Date Cornbread Protein Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ½ cup medium yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • cup dried apples diced
  • ¼ cup packed dates roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp pecans roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼ cup 2% plain greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and generously spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the cornmeal into a small food processor and process until it has a finer texture, and becomes less grainy. About a minute. This will help your cornbread have a nicer texture.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground cornmeal, cornstarch, protein powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir until well mixed.
  • Add in the dried apples, dates and pecans and mix well. Use your spoon to break up any date that clump together.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and add in the ¼ of honey (don't melt it) and egg yolk. Lightly whisk the egg into the honey with a fork.
  • Add in the apple sauce, Greek yogurt and apple cider vinegar and mixture the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan until the top looks just set, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20-22 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool and then slice into bars and DEVOUR.