Step 6: Flavor
I used vanilla protein powder instead of the chocolate flavored and got rid of the baking chocolate, both of which contributed to a burnt taste in the previous version.
I found that the peanut butter is absolutely critical for a decent flavor as it covers up the slightly off taste of the protein powder.
Where the previous bars were dry and crumbly, the glutinous rice flour helps the new version bind together with a more pleasant, moist texture that makes them easier to eat without large amounts of water.
I tried using dried cherries in the recipe but they turned the whole batter pink and gave it a strong flavor of bad cherry candy. Not recommended.
Overall the bars taste a lot better, but now I find them to be too sweet. I tried adding a few seasonings like cinnamon, and even salt and vinegar to mellow it out (it actually helped more than you would think). The prime culprit is the sweetened condensed milk. I may have to look for a substitute in a later version.