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Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Bars

by Samantha Chin 3 Oct 2014
Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Bars

These homemade protein bars can be put together in less than ten minutes. They’re great for a quick snack before the hitting the gym or to curb the hunger pangs during office hours.

The nutritional value will depend on the different brands that you use, but each bar will typically amount to approximately 10g of protein. You can also substitute the peanut butter and milk to any type of nut butter or vegan milk of your choice.

 
INGREDIENTS
+ 1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
+ ½ cup chocolate protein powder
+ 1 tsp ground flax
+ 1 1/2 tbs wheat bran
+ 1 tsp chia seeds
+ 1 tbs almond nibs
+ 1 tsp cinnamon
+ 1/4 tsp salt
+ 1/4 cup peanut butter
+ 2 tbs honey
+ 1/2 cup milk
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract
+ 1/3 good quality chocolate chips
 
Makes 10 bars
 
 
STEP ONE
Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 7X7 pan with parchment paper.
 
 
STEP TWO
In a mixing bowl, combine oats, protein powder, ground flax, wheat bran, chia seeds, almond nibs, cinnamon and salt.
 
 
STEP THREE
In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, milk and vanilla extract. 
 
 
STEP FOUR
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. It may look like there’s not enough liquid to hold the mixture together; keep mixing and the mixture will come together. You may want to use your hands or a flexible spatula to mix.
 
 
STEP FIVE
Pour into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes. Let cool before cutting into 10 bars.
 
 
TIP: Try to use good quality chocolate chips that are bigger in size instead of the mini ones – it will make a big difference to the texture and taste as the protein powder can be quite drying, and as we all know, the taste leaves a lot to be desired. Ghirardelli is a good brand for this recipe.
 
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