Chocolate Protein Bars

Protein. The only macronutrient the human body really needs. Just kidding. That’s a lie. At least, depending on whom you ask.

I’ve created a lot of disasters in the kitchen in my attempts to make homemade protein bars. I think to myself, oh what can go wrong? All I’m doing is throwing a bunch of ingredients together and mixing them together. No bake, no problem. That’s also a lie.

My last attempt ended up turning into a gooey mess that could have cemented bricks together. How does that even happen? 

And then this happened. This is good. No chemical, fake taste. If you keep it in the fridge, it has a fudge consistency. And it’s chocolate. ‘Nuff said.

But I should probably mention that the way I made this recipe was the same as my other attempts. Throw it all in until you get the consistency you want. So my measurements aren’t exactly exact. Why? Because dishes, y’all! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So feel free to change the recipe up however you want. Sub out nuts for something else. Add raisins. Have fun. If it doesn’t work out, oh well! Just try again!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 5 prunes
  • ¼ cup sunflower kernels
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup flax meal
  • 6 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 4 Tb chia seeds
  • 4 Tb cocoa powder
  • 1 Tb cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • dark chocolate
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine oatmeal, prunes, sunflower kernels, and peanuts. Mix until coarsely ground.
  2. Add in protein powder, chia seeds, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt. You will need to stop and push down the sides pretty frequently.
  3. Add honey and peanut butter in a little at a time. Mix until well combined, and then shape into balls or bars. Chill
  4. The mixture will seem a little dry and crumbly at first, but after chilling, the texture is more fudgy.
  5. Melt the dark chocolate. Dip the underside of your protein creations in it. Use any you have left over to drizzle over the top.photo
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