Monday, April 1, 2013

The Havana Brain Bar by Vivek S. Kilpadi, Food Technologist for a workshop (to promote better learning)

Here is the formula that I started with.  It needs tweaking... 
(see the link to a formula for a muscle-building website)... HERE

Original recipe makes 1. 1/4 pounds
1 1/2 cups white sugar OR 1 cup
1/2 cup white corn syrup OR ½ cup
1/4 cup water OR no water
1 1/2 cups raw peanuts or white sesame seeds (roasted) OR 1 cup
Optional 2 teaspoons of soy flour/milk powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt OR no salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda OR 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1.   Spray two cookie sheets with non-stick spray coating; or, smear with light layer of oil or butter or margarine.
2.   In a 4 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water.
3.   Heat to boiling and add peanuts.
4.   Cook until peanuts become golden in color and syrup mixture beads off nuts when raised out of pan.
5.   Quickly mix in the salt, vanilla and baking soda and optional soy flour or milk powder until well blended.  
6.   Pour the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheets.
7.   Allow mixture to spread on its own or use an oiled dough roller to make a layer of even thickness.
8.   Cool completely.
9.   Break into pieces.
10.  Store in air-tight container or Ziploc plastic bag.

to give people in learning environments the nutrients that are often missing when we take a break for a candy bar or soda.

omega-3 fats for brain activity

I hope you will use if in your classrooms.

i will let you know what the participants in the workshop say about the bar.

Creator of the formula:  Vivek S. Kilpadi


A bar with less sugar and more "good fat" and fiber is in the following recipe, using the following ingredients:

The Do It Yourself protein bar's ingredients

  • quick oats
  • powdered non-fat milk
  • low carb protein powder
  •  maple syrup 
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • orange juice
  • vanilla
  • applesauce (which can be used to substitute for fat to make the bar moist)


  • peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • oats or whole grain hot cereal (uncooked)
  • oat flour * (double the oats if you do not have oat flour)
  • low-carb chocolate whey protein (or about ~132 grams protein)
  • vanilla
  • flax seeds (optional)
  • non-fat dry milk
  • water (depending on what type of protein you use, you may need more)

Preparation:  Go to the link   (Give the author your hit...)

Oatmeal, protein, raisin bar (no baking)
Update on 13 April 2013

The Havana Brain Building Bar was demonstrated in the workshop that was presented at the Facultad de Lenguas Extranjeras at the University of Havana

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