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. 

Ingredients
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.

19 comments:

  1. I always check out this website before buying any protein products - www.pro-proteinshake.com - My personal favourite is the Labrada Lean Body Hi-Protein shake because of the high protein:carb ratio.

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    1. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. May read this article about Chia seeds at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-is-the-most-extremely-versatile-superfood-and-vegetarian-supply-of-omega-3/

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  2. These are amazing, they taste so good and are so easy to make. A necessity for me!

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  3. Will these be okay on a trip? Most likely not in a refrigerator? I was going to make these tonight and send with my husband tomorrow (even though I'm sure he'll treat himself to some great meals in LA)...

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    1. I would recommend keeping them in a cooler, otherwise they will get soft and fall apart a bit, but still taste delish!

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  4. Would using honey instead of agave make a big difference?

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    1. Hello! And yes, honey would make them sweeter and a thicker consistency. But maybe you would like it! Up to you to try. I would recommend raw agave!

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  5. Do you think i could use raw cacao instead of protein powder?

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    1. Hi there! I would not recommend doubling the amount of raw cacao in this recipe. If you don't want to use protein powder, you can simply leave it out for a lovely chocolate granola bar recipe. It may be a bit gooey, but you can use less agave nectar to counteract that! Hope this helps <3

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