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    Hey I have a very serious question about making even portions for our recipes... How exactly do you do it ? I mean, how can you spread batter on baking sheet and know it's evenly distributed? Even if I do it right I end up with a block that's too small to be cut into said portions (I am looking at you, breakfast bars!!!) When I try cutting it, crumbs fly all over the place... HELP!!!

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    Hmm I tried the protein bars, which are similar to the breakfast bars, and put the dough in a small oven dish. So it was easy to make equal portions

    For the crumble: do u add enough peanut butter or else? I remember my bars were more "sticky" then crumbly. You can try to play with the amounts

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      #3
      Honestly... that's something I wouldn't worry about. If a single portion is 250 calories... and you have 9 of them, and you will eat all 9 over the course of 9 days... well, then you still get the same amount of calories at the end of the day, even if they aren't evenly sliced. So I would just continue logging the 250 regardless of what the actual size is.

      During my years of CICO I've learned to be more concerned with the weekly number than the daily one. It makes it less --- OCD.

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        #4
        If you try to make really perfect sized portions, you could try this:
        -Weigh your dough
        -divide weight by the amount of portions you want
        -take a portion of the dough, weigh it, add or take away as needed, repeat until you're done
        -form little balls out of the dough
        -put ball on the baking tray, flatten it and form it with your hands into a rough bar shape
        -bake, freeze, whatever

        The bars probably won't be properly bar shaped and it's more work, but it could be added fun, who knows. Bonus point: when handling the dough in such a way, you get a feel for the texture and can add more butter, oats, whatever.

        And if you don't care about bar shapes at all, and it's a recipe you don't need to bake, just plop the dough into a silicone ice-cube-tray, freeze or cool it, and eat the cubes

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          #5
          Update: I succesfully landed on the Moon (ok, maybe not...) but I did manage to make perfect portions ! Thanks Nihopaloa for your encouragement and useful insight... Nevetharine That thing about weekly and not daily calorie counting is very interesting, sure and makes perfect sense, but I am OCD to the core so it would make my head explode ! Surras Crumble issue solved ! I used old-fashioned oats and not quick ones, but the latter seem to bind perfect with the other ingredients and make a compact dough...

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