Friday, February 22, 2013
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar
My all-time favorite protein bars. These bars are packed with nutrients and add an extra boost of protein to your day to fight off that mid-morning or mid-afternoon hunger attack. Not to mention they can be made completely raw, are easy to whip up, and require zero cooking time (just some chill time in the refrigerator). Here are some of the great nutritional benefits of these bars:
Hemp seeds are rich in iron, magnesium, and zinc. Chia seeds are a great anti-inflamatory, aid in digestion and detoxification, and are a great source of calcium, phosphorus, and manganese. Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, B6, thiamin, folate, and niacin. Raw cacao is packed with minerals (phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, etc) and antioxidants. Peanut butter is also packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as protein.
Makes 8 bars. Approximately 12 grams of protein per bar according to the products I used. This number could vary.
2 cups GF rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
4 tablespoons protein powder I use this Raw Protein
1/4 cup raw cacao
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
3/4 cup raw agave
Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter and agave. Mix well using a spatula until completely combined (really take your time to make sure the wet is incorporated well and evenly!). Press your protein bar mixture into a non-stick 8x8 inch pan, making sure to press down hard and evenly to ensure is is packed in tight. Refrigerate for an hour or more, preferably, before cutting into 8 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, best if eaten within one week.