Dark Chocolate Covered Maple Pecan Protein Bars

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While I absolutely LOVE doing cookbook giveaways on our Protein Pow social media, I’m not a fan of the fact that only one person wins. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that a LOT of people enter the giveaways! I just wish I could give a prize to… everyone. That’s why lately, when I do a giveaway, I select at least two winner. Either two winners for a cookbook each (I did this on Instagram before and I’ll do it again on facebook in a couple of weeks) or a winner for a cookbook and a winner for something else. Something like… a recipe.

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That’s how this post was born!  It was born from a request submitted by ‘Dave n Joey’ who, on our last cookbook giveaway thread, commented to say that he (or they) would love a recipe for gluten-free Maple Pecan Protein Bars. Enter then these bars:

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So this one’s for you Dave n’ Joey! And for everyone else who entered the giveaway, as well as all of you amazing readers of Protein (Ka) Pow.

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IMG_0168 copy IMG_0178 copy Ingredients

1/4 cup whey protein powder (vanilla or unflavored – I used this one by the Organic Protein Co)
1 tbsp coconut sugar (or granulated stevia if you want your bars lower in carbs)
16 pecan halves (around 20 grams)
1 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp maple extract
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp (20g) dark chocolate

Directions

1. In a food processor, mix all the above ingredients together except for the dark chocolate until you get a dough that you can shape with your hands (see the image here to the left). If your dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more ground almonds.

2. Shape the dough into rectangles, banging them against a flat surface to give them angles so they don’t look like… sausages.

3. Melt your dark chocolate in a bain marie and, once melted, dunk your bars into the dark chocolate.

4. Place the chocolate-coated bars on either a silicone tray, some tin foil, or parchment paper (this is so you can lift them off their surface without having the chocolate stick all over the place and leave your bars el nudo) and add some extra pecans on top (if you want).

Macros per bar (out of 3): 191kcals, 9.5g protein, 7g carbs (1.7g fiber), and 13.8 fat (mostly from the pecans).

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