These protein bars are a delicious way to fuel up before a big hike/run/ski/whatever or to use as recovery fuel from said activities. These are not diet bars or low cab treats, these are fuel and should be treated as such. In our opinion, fuel should taste good. We aren’t fans of the “food is fuel, just get it in” mentality. Food is just one of many tools at your disposal to keep your body working and we think it should taste good while doing so. After all, if it tastes good and you feel satisfied, you’re less likely to choose high calorie, nutritionally deplete options.
When made according to this recipe, these bars remind me of halva- that decadent sesame treat common in the Middle East. I’d imagine these beat the pants of halva nutritionally and will keep you going longer. When choosing fuel, each bite should work toward keeping your body and brain in tip-top condition, why not choose something that tastes good too?
We chose to use peanut butter and our soy protein powder in this recipe, but you can chose a different nut butter or different protein powder for similar results.
- ¼ cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ cup Water
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 cup Oat Flour
- ¼ cup Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Soy Protein Powder
- 2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
- 2 Tbsp sliced Almonds, toasted
- ¼ cup Chocolate Chips
Line an 8×4-inch baking pan with waxed paper and set aside. In a bowl, combine peanut butter, water, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Add oat flour, rolled oats, protein powder and flaxseed meal. Mix until combined. Dough will be dry and crumbly. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan and set aside. In a bowl in the microwave or small saucepan on the stove top, gently heat chocolate chips until melted, taking care not to burn. Pour melted chocolate over oat layer and smooth with a spatula to cover evenly. Sprinkle almonds over the top and press gently into chocolate layer. Transfer baking dish to the refrigerator or freezer until chocolate sets, about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the inside edge of the dish and use the waxed or parchment paper to lift out of the pan. Cut into bars with a sharp knife. Makes 6 bars.
Nutrition Facts: Each bar contains: Calories: 230, Calories from Fat: 90, Total Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 95mg, Total Carbohyrdates: 24g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 11g.