Homemade Peanut butter Protein Bars
This recipe makes 16 square bars.
I really fancied doing some healthy baking experimenting the other evening and wanted to try making some protein bars.
This is my first attempt, so please bare with me, I may be doing some amended and tweaked versions over the next few weeks whilst I keep experimenting!
You will make the bars in 2 layers as per the below.
100g of oats
50g desiccated coconut
25g of maple syrup/sugar free syrups
150g almond milk
50g protein powder (I used MyProtein Golden Syrup flavoured, but you can use any flavour!)
1 tablespoon of sweetener (I used Truvia)
Optional: 100g of dates (I didn’t use dates this time as I didn’t have any in the cupboard!)
50g of peanut/almond butter (try to choose a make that uses whole ingredients, no added nasties!) I would recommend Pip and Nut or Meridian.
6 unsalted rice cakes (broken up into little pieces) OR you could use brown rice puffed cereal instead)
25g of protein powder
25g organic maple syrup or honey
90% dark chocolate (20g melted)
Prepare a rectangular baking tray by lining it with some baking paper.
Blend all the ingredients in the bottom layer together and press onto the baking tray to form a base layer. If you find the mixture isn’t sticking well, you can add a little more milk or maple syrup.
Next, mix all the ingredients together in the top layer (except the chocolate) in a small dish and heat the mixture using a bain-marie style of heating until well combined and smooth (heat some water in a saucepan on a gentle heat, put the dish with the ingredients over the heat and melt).
Pour this mixture over the base layer and spread well using the back of a spoon.
Now melt the dark chocolate (I used the same dish that I had just used for the top layer) over the heated saucepan and then smother over the mixture. You can use different chocolate instead of 90%. Try to keep it dark – 75% and above.
Put in the fridge to set for a few hours or if you are short on time, place in the freezer to set quickly.
Once set, cut into bars and enjoy! I made 16 bars with these ingredients.
Enjoy and share with friends!