Wednesday, 18 September 2013

No Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars












There's nothing like one of these with a cup of coffee after a workout that consists of an 8km run, jumping jacks, squats, crunches, push ups, step ups, walking lunges, tricep dips, planks and wall sits... particularly when a massage and a steak are not an option.



No Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars
adapted from Running with Spoons
Makes 8

1 cup of rolled oats plus 1/4 cup of rolled oats, separated
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup protein powder (I used banana flavoured whey protein)
1/2 cup puffed millet
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted for drizzling

Spray a 23cm x 13cm loaf pan with cooking oil spray. Cut a piece of baking paper big enough to line the base and come up and over two sides of the pan. This will make removing the bars easier. Set aside.

Place 1 cup of the oats into a food processor and blitz until they are a fine flour-like consistency. Put this oat flour into a mixing bowl along with the 1/4 of extra oats, coconut, protein powder and puffed millet and mix well.

In a small saucepan over medium flame, gently heat the almond butter and honey, stirring until fully combined. Remove from the heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Add the vanilla and stir until incorporated.

Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top. I used a glass that fit just inside the pan to press and roll the top and make it even.

Chill the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to cool before cutting into bars.

Once firm and cool, remove the bars from the pan using the over-hanging paper to help lift it, cut it into bars and drizzle with melted chocolate.

16 comments:

  1. These sound like they're the perfect healthy snack. I love the drizzling effect with the chocolate xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie. Everything is better with a drizzle of chocolate, right?

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  2. I think I'd definitely need a week long nap AND one of these after that workout! These look gorgeous and so delish. Yum!!

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    1. Haha Maria. I don't sit down after a work out for fear of not being able to get up again.

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  3. Okay you're so good to do all of these exercices + the 8km run...I should do that too oh la laaaa! If there's a protein bar like this waiting for me after that, I'm in :)

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle, a protein bar is great motivation.

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  4. Love these! The photos, the concept, the mention of incorporating into daily workouts, it all inspires me. Great job!!

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    1. Thanks Dan. I run ever day hoping to run away from the calories.

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  5. Okay so I am attempting a diet which means not constantly grazing in the evening. But your work out far beats my meager efforts, HOWEVER if these bars were at the finish line I just might be able to almost run again. (Walking is an effort due to my back.) They look, well, heaven sent.

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    1. Any movement is beneficial Patty. Running is not for every one. As I work out I think about how many protein bars (and cupcake) points I'm racking up.

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  6. these sound like a great healthy snack!

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    1. Thanks Dina. They're practically guilt-free and you've gotta love that!

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  7. So much better than the $3 bars I'm buying from Whole Foods! Definetely going to try these!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. They are very cost effective and you can control what goes it and, more importantly, what stays out. Enjoy.

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  8. Sounds amazeballs! Any chance you have the nutritional breakdown?

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    1. Thanks. I don't have that information, but there are sites such as NutritionData and myfittnesspal that can calculate the nutrition value for you.

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