Always Room for More Bars……
Today I have decided that I need to start buying batteries in bulk. It seems like every day I need to replace batteries in something! Today, thanks to another rainy day, I replaced the batteries in both WII remotes which depleted the entire package I bought just a few days ago. Between toothbrushes, computer mice (mice? Mouses? Not sure about the plural for a computer mouse.), TV remotes, and now the WII remotes I’m out once again. Somehow I don’t think that batteries last as long as they use to. But does anything? I swear clothes I have from 20 years ago are stronger than any I have bought within the last month. Cars, batteries, clothes, phones, just about everything, has a short life any more.
Take heart though, there is one thing that can withstand the test of time, besides true love, a good recipe never wears out. 😉 It is always good to have a stockpile of your favorite recipes to fall back on whenever you need them. I have found that having an unlimited supply of protein bar recipes to rotate through really makes providing healthy snacks a breeze. I know that I already have several protein bar recipes that I have created over the last year, but I figured why not add one more.
If you are a nut lover, these bars are for you. You can rely on them to be packed with nutty goodness, and stand up to any other protein bar out there. With only 189 calories they pack a whopping 9 grams of protein, a measly 1 gram of sugar, and only 4 net carbs!
I decided to take a little bit different route this time by using almond flour as my base. You can buy your almond flour already ground, but since I buy my almonds in bulk I just threw a cup of them in the blender, and used half saving the rest for another recipe. Along with the almond flour I decided to use giant chunks of raw almonds, and crunchy peanut butter to hold all of the almondy yum together. I wanted to keep the sugar low in these little babies so I used a little bit of Stevia and chocolate protein powder. And last, but not least, to give this bar a little bit of a coconut edge I threw in a bit of coconut oil. I used a very small amount of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips to round out the flavor, plus I couldn’t very well give these to my chocolate loving husband without some sort of chocolate in there. 😉 These are speedy to make, and healthy to eat, so keep them on your rotating list of protein bars, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
What do you enjoy most in your protein bar?
Do you gravitate more to dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate in your bars?
UPDATE: (02/23/17) To make this recipe plant based, and vegan friendly, use a plant based chocolate protein powder, and non dairy chocolate chips. 🙂
Nut Lovers Chocolate Protein Bars
By Angie Gouchenour
½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 Tablespoon Stevia
½ cup almond flour
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (30 g) I used Body Tech 24 (Use a plant based protein for plant based, and vegan friendly)
1 ounce raw almonds – roughly chopped
1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips (Non dairy for plant based)
In a medium bowl combine the peanut butter and coconut oil giving it a 10-15 second zap in the microwave just enough to make it soft (If you are using a stove you can place it in a sauce pan and briefly heat the two ingredients until they start combining)
Stir together the softened peanut butter and coconut oil and add the water, vanilla, and Stevia, stirring until completely combined
Add the almond flour and protein powder and stir until combined
Fold in roughly chopped almonds
Dump the mixture onto some wax paper and after folding the wax paper over the mixture press down with your hands, or use a rolling pin to flatten to your desired thickness
Once the mixture is formed into a square sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the top and lightly press them into the dough
Fold the dough up in the wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes
Remove, cut, and place in a plastic container to store in the fridge placing pieces of the wax paper between each layer so they don’t stick
189 calories per bar