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Anyways, about these bars. At home and at the office, we call them Zebra Protein Bars. I get asked to make them ALL the time! And you will too if you let anyone try them after you make them ;-) They’re sugar-free white chocolate-coated vanilla protein and almond bars – soft and ‘marzipany’ on the inside and perfectly sweet throughout. I strongly recommend you give them a go.
You can make them with vanilla whey protein or go down the unflavoured whey route by using that and a bit of vanilla stevia drops (I used these and love, love, love them). If you want to go veggie with them though, you can! Just use 1/8 pea protein and the 1/8 extra ground almonds. Then, replace the white chocolate with a plant-based alternative – or just go with all dark chocolate.
Ingredients for the Filling
1/4 cup vanilla whey protein powder (or unflavored + stevia drops)
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp chopped almonds (or chopped mixed nuts)
3 tbsp ground almonds
1/2 tsp vanilla pods or essence (optional, but lovely!)
Ingredients for the Coating
1/2 bar sugar-free white chocolate (or dark chocolate)
1 square dark chocolate (optional)
1 tsp extra chopped nuts (optional)
1. In a bowl, mix together all of your filling ingredients. Mix until you get a dough that’s the right consistency—you should be able to mold it with your hands. If your mixture is too wet to allow you to mold it, add a bit more ground almonds until it becomes more solid.
2. Shape four small bars (or rectangles) out of your mix. Place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
3. Melt the white chocolate in a bain marie (a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water). If your chocolate is sticking too much and isn’t melting properly, add a tiny bit of coconut oil to help it along.
4. Once your chocolate has melted, pour some of it on top of the bars. Then turn them around and pour more of the chocolate on the other side.
5. To decorate the bars, you can add a few layers of melted dark chocolate and more chopped nuts. Use your imagination. You can make some zebra-striped bars like I did, or let your imagination run wild!
Macros per serving (out of 4) 168kcals, 9g protein, 10g fat, 10g carbs (out of which 3g is fibre)