Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Bars
Some foods ought to come with a warning label. With maybe ‘proceed with caution’ or an ‘M’ for moreish. I say this after snacking on two of these bars when I planned on eating just one. Hmmm….
What happened was that I was out in London all day today and I took two of these bars with me – one for the morning and the other one as a late afternoon snack. I carried them in my bag, just wrapped in tin foil.
Anyways, at about noon I stopped at a coffee shop and ordered a double Espresso. When it was ready, I grabbed a seat by the window, opened my bag, took out one of the bars, and carefully unwrapped it. I then took a sip of coffee, a bite of the bar, and BAAAAM! I nommed ferouciously.
It was a delicious bar and a a whole orchestra of nommage descended upon me. The bar was gone in under 60 seconds.
But… when I was done eating it all I could think of was the fact that I still had a second bar in my bag. I planned on eating it later but I couldn’t get the silky-smoothness of the dark chocolate out of my mind with the creaminess of its center and the delicious way the peanut butter came through it all. The thought was overpowering. It was intense. So… I finished my coffee, reached into my bag, took out the second bar, unwrapped it, and mmmmm – I ate it ;-)
Below you’ll find the recipe. I want to warn you that you might freak out at the first ingredient or at least raise an eyebrow or two and think it controversial. Some of you might think I’m mad combining it with chocolate and peanut butter but… trust me, OK? Because it makes the filling really velvety in texture and oh-so-smooth. It also balances the rest of the flavors to perfection so I highly recommend you give it a shot :-)
1 small cooked beetroot (see the Note below for subs)
1/2 cup a great tasting chocolate whey protein powder (or plain whey + cocoa powder + stevia drops)
4 tablespoons coconut flour
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (depending on how peanut buttery you want your bars)
1/2 tablespoon toffee stevia
1/4 cup almond milk
3 tablesoons 100% cocoa powder
4 squares 90% dark chocolate
1. make the filling mix by mixing all the above ingredients (except for the chocolate) in a big bowl. Then, shape the mix into four bars.
3. Once the chocolate has melted, dip your bars in there.
4. Transfer your bars to the fridge for a couple of hours or the freezer for 30 mins until the chocolate coating has set.
5. Munch or, if you plan to eat them later, wrap them in foil and put them in the fridge (or in your bag when you step out the door!)
Macros per bar (out of 4):
213kcals, 16g protein, 10g carbs (out of which a whooping 6g is fiber!), 11g fat
Note: If you hate hate hate beetroot, you can still follow this recipe – just use a cooked small sweet potato instead! Or even some pumpkin puree or 1/2 an avocado :-)