Friday, November 1, 2013

Chocolate Protein Energy Bars

I saw a mouse in our apartment a couple of days ago...and I calmly watched it run under our stove and didn't even scream. Not sure what exactly this means, but I am going to call it a sign of growing up. With that being said, I would still really prefer it if they chose another place to go as the whether start to get cold. This weekend is going to be incredibly busy, with a match and planning Halloween costumes (hah) so aside from making pumpkin protein bread yesterday, I also made another batch of Energy Bars, so I don't have to worry about what food to bring with me when I'm running around. I went with chocolate this time, just to see what happens, and tweaked the recipe a little.....they came out great, yum. Anyways, that is all for now, happy Halloween weekend :-)

PS. I found out that dark chocolate has a ton of caffeine in it, maybe that's why I haven't been able to sleep well lately? Hmmm...

                 Chocolate Protein Energy Bars
Chocolate Protein Energy Bars

Chocolate Protein Energy Bars

Ingredients
  • 2 smaller, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • approx. 1/3 cup dried fruit (I used apricots for these!)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate whey protein (or other flavor)
  • any other add-ins of choice ie. mixed nuts, dark chocolate bits, coconut flakes, etc.
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to about 300 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash bananas and mix in almond flour, flaxseed, cacao powder, and protein.
  3. Add in dried fruit and any other mix-ins.
  4. Grease a small pan or baking sheet, and spread mix evenly until it is about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until firm.
  6. Cut into bar sizes or squares, and power up!
Please remember to share the energy ;)

10 comments:

  1. I just made these bars and they are delicious! I used vanilla protein powder instead because it was all I had and they were still really chocolaty. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Awesome! No problem, and thanks so much for sharing...if you get the chance you can also check out my facebook for more updates :) www.facebook.com/healtheasy

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  2. Is there a substitute for flaxseed?

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  3. Assuming these need to be refrigerated since they contain fresh fruit?? Also wondering, how do they hold up on a warm day? Like, if you put one in your bag in the morning for an afternoon snack, do they get too mushy? Thanks!

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    1. It is probably better that they are refrigerated, but they should hold up pretty well for a while since they are baked :) Thanks for commenting, sorry it took me a little while to respond!!

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  4. Do you know the nutritional content of the bars?

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    1. There should be about 180-200 calories per bar :)

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    2. How many bars per batch is that based on? Thankd

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  5. These taste great, I've been looking for an alternative to prepackaged protein bars. Thanks

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