Peanut Butter Protein Bars
makes 10 bars
I'm usually not a big fan of protein powders--they can be chalky, weird-tasting, and filled with not-so-great ingredients. But if I do use one, I stick with a plant-based protein powder (made from pea protein, a mixture of legumes and grains, or hemp). For this recipe, I used Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Plant-based Protein Natural (unflavored). It's undetectable in the final recipe but boosts the protein already present from the peanut butter. I designed these bars for my clients going through chemotherapy because their protein need increases and they often don't have the appetite for things that aren't carby or sweet, but these would be great as an afternoon or post-workout snack for anyone.
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural plant protein powder
1/2 cup honey
1/2 of a 3.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, broken apart (70% cocoa)
1. In a food processor, buzz up oats until you get a coarse flour. Add peanut butter, vanilla, protein powder, and honey and blend until you get an evenly mixed dough. It will be thick.
2. Take an 8x8 pan and line with a piece of parchment paper. Press dough into the pan evenly, until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Put in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate pieces in a double boiler or the microwave. When it's melted, remove pan from freezer and drizzle chocolate over the pan with a spoon. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours and then slice bars. Store bars in the fridge and serve cold, otherwise they won't hold together well.