This post contains three recipes, all of them categorically delicious. The first is for the base of these bars, which you can double or triple up and eat solo – as protein blondies. The second is for the healthiest and most delicious caramel you’ll ever have tasted – I’m calling it Protein Pow Caramel and it’ll will completely shake the ground you stand on (seriously). And the third? Well, the third recipe is for these Twix-inspired protein bars! They’re a dream come true. So please, round up the ingredients soon and make them. Why not this weekend? Get the whole family involved and make a bunch of these bars. They’re sweetener-free, gluten-free, and most likely one of the best things to make using protein powders. Just print out this page (there’s a print button on the upper right hand corner of this post) and hohoho! Enjoyyyy!
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/8 cup of brown rice flour
1 tsbp coconut flour
¼ cup of unflavored or vanilla whey
1/8 cup of coconut sugar
1/2 cup almond milk
1-2 tsps vanilla essence
Ingredients for Protein Pow caramel
2 big fat and juicy medjool dates (see Note below)
1 tsbp almond milk
1/2 tbsp unflavored or vanilla whey
2 tbsp smooth cashew nut butter
4 squares (40g) dark chocolate (I used 85% but any will do)
Directions for vanilla base
1. In a food processor or using a handheld blender, blend all ingredients together until you get a batter with an oatmeal-like consistency. If your batter is too dry, add a bit more milk until you reach the right consistency.
2. Bake in a small brownie or bread silicone pan at 160 C (320 F) for around 15-18 minutes or until it’s all cooked through. Just take it out before it gets brown on top.
3. Leave it to cool and move on to making your caramel.
Directions for Protein Pow Caramel
1. Blend everything together in a food processor or using a handheld blender until you get a smooth mix. Go ahead and taste it but don’t eat it all; you’ll be tempted to eat it all but remember the bars, remember the bars!
Directions for Bar Assembly
1. Slice the cake part of the bars into thin (or fat) rectangles depending on the width you want to give your bars. I sliced them into Twix-sized bars because I wanted to make a lot of them but go with whatever you like best. You could even cut them into little squares to make lots of tiny square chocolates!
2. Spoon some of the caramel onto each bar.
3. Melt your dark chocolate and either dunk the bars in there or coat the bars using a spoon. Coat them all around and then place them on a tray lined with aluminium foil or baking paper.
4. Leave them to set in the fridge for a couple of hours and… READY!!! WAWAWA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Macros per bar (out of the eight I got from the mix above): 139kcals, 6g protein, 13g carbs (out of which 2g is fiber), 7g fat.
Deglett dates or any other non-juicy date won’t work – they’re far too dry. Check out the pic to the left here to see the kind of date you’re after.