My first day off work in over 6 weeks has so far been very successful! I mean, I woke up in paradise, started a blog, did a wonderful morning workout, took my puppy to the beach and made some very delicious – as well as clean and nutritious – Protein Bars! I’m new to this so bare with me! Here goes…
Mint-Choc Protein Bars
I originally found the recipe I modelled these off at The Healthy Maven and with a few small changes tailored these to my (sometimes fussy) taste. I now have a super easy and uber tasty treat or post-workout snack.
Here are the Ingredients that I used:
1 Cup Pitted Dates
1 Cup Unsalted, Natural Cashew Nuts
1 Scoop Evolve Vanilla Supernatural Protein
1/4 Cup Cacao
1 TSP Peppermint Essence
2 TBSP Hazelnut Milk
1/2 Cup Puffed Rice
The major differences from the original recipe are:
Cacao instead of Cocoa (same amount)
Hazelnut Milk (but use whichever milk you prefer)
Only one serve of protein
I did not add the sea salt
Puffed Rice rather than Millet as it’s what I had on hand
I also used Solely Cashews but again this is personal preference and an entire TSP of Peppermint Essence but this depends again on taste.
First things first, process dates until a ‘pea-like’ consistency is found. This took about 90seconds in my processor.
Add in the Cashew Nuts and process again until a uniform, relatively smooth texture is found. About 2-3 minutes with occasional stirring was sufficient.
Add in the rest of your ingredients and process until it clumps together into a ball. This took next to no time at all and the peppermint scent escaping from the blender had my mouth watering already.
Tip the mix into a bowl and add the puffed rice. Now for the messy part! Using your hands combine the rice into the mix. Only do this until all combined otherwise the rice becomes crumbly and the texture isn’t as good.
This is what you should have.
Next you have to line your slice tray (choose your size depending on desired thickness) with Cling Wrap. This in all honesty is the hardest part of the entire recipe because me and Cling Wrap have never seen eye to eye!
Place the mix into the lined tray and begin pressing it into shape. Make sure that it spreads evenly and is flat along the top and sides. Once smooth pop the whole thing into the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. I went with 20 minutes because there was a lot of residual heat in the mixture from the processing.
Take your slice out of the freezer and lift the Cling Wrap to bring it out of the tray and place on a chopping board ready for slicing.
Cut into 12 bars (or alternatively cut each bar again to make little bite sized treats).
Presto! Now have fun trying to stop yourself from eating the whole plate of yummy goodness!
Now I’m off the local headland for some HIIT!