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Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

June 01, 2016
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Refuel post workout with these raw chocolate peanut butter protein bars! Ready in minutes!

Refuel post workout with these raw chocolate peanut butter protein bars! Ready in minutes!

~by Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT

Protein bars are all the rage when it comes to the fitness scene these days. I've seen too many clients spend their hard earned money on pricey, pretty candy bars! Yes, it saddens me to say, but more times than not the protein bars on the shelves of the gym are filled with so many additives, preservatives and sugar you're paying for a glamorous candy.

I want to help keep those bills in your wallet and show you just how simple it is to make your own DIY bars at home. Honestly, it's as easy as 1-2-3! After many trial and error sessions in the kitchen, I've come up with the right formula for a perfect homemade protein bar. It goes a little something like this!

  • 2 parts whole grains - Option for oats, cereal, whole wheat flour
  • 1 part protein powder - Option for chocolate, vanilla or berry
  • 1 part nut butter - Option for peanut butter, almond butter, or alternative nut butter
  • 1 part fruit puree - Option for bananas, applesauce, or dried fruit (dates and figs work well)
  • 1 part fun textured food - Option for carob chips, peanuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.

Refuel post workout with these raw chocolate peanut butter protein bars! Ready in minutes!

You can see the options are endless to making your own varieties. Today I'm sharing my Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars that are filled with heart healthy fats from peanuts. Studies have shown that the nutrients found in peanuts not only are a great source of antioxidants, but also flavonoids. Flavonoids are very helpful in reducing inflammation, something I definitely recommend incorporating into your diet post workout! Alright, now that you know my secrets, I challenge you to get in your kitchen and whip up a protein bar creation. Share with us here on Healthy Aperture so we too can share in the love!

Refuel post workout with these raw chocolate peanut butter protein bars! Ready in minutes!

Refuel after a workout with these raw chocolate peanut butter protein bars by @shawsimpleswaps on @healthyaperture!
Refuel post workout with these raw chocolate peanut butter protein bars! Ready in minutes!

Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Yield

16 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups high fiber cereal
  • 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine cereal, protein powder, powered peanut butter, melted peanut butter and applesauce. Pulse 1-2 minutes. Mixture should be coarse and slightly sticky to touch.
  2. Add in the whole peanuts and pulse 3-5 more times (you want the peanuts to be chopped, but not pureed).
  3. Place raw mixture in a small baking dish (6"x4") lined with parchment paper. Put in the freezer for up to 30 minutes to harden.
  4. Remove and slice into 16 bars.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 10 days, or freeze in a ziplock bag for up to 1 month. Defrost for 60 minutes on the counter before eating.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 89
Carbohydrates 9.8g
Fiber 2.9g
Sugar 2.3g
Fat 3.8g
Protein 4.9g
Sodium 82.1mg
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