So i’m sitting here listening to Christmas music and still can’t believe its only a few weeks away, actually only a couple of weeks…Yikes! I feel pretty good about it though, I have my mom’s present and Sean’s present just got ordered last night so I guess I’m half way done. I just have my dad, my mom’s boyfriend Bobby and Sean’s parents left. Now on to this fudgey (this is not a word according to spell check but I’m a rebel and using it anyways) chewy and delicious peanut butter concoction.
I was talking to my aunt over the holidays and she was talking about a protein bar recipe that was really delicious, so of course I wanted to try it. She sent me the recipe and I turned it into this. If it wasn’t for my vitamix I probably would have just followed the recipe. But that beast of a machine lets you be lazy and mix everything together without any effort. Win. I suggest not trying this recipe in a regular blender because it will probably not mix well or burn it out. Nobody wants that. Who knows when you’ll want a frosty drink. So the base of the recipe is peanut butter, oats, flax seed, and honey.
Fudgey and Chewy Peanut Butter Protein Bars
1 cup oats
3/4 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup honey plus another tablespoon if you feel like it (I did. although i’m sure it would be plenty sweet without the extra tablespoon)
1/4 cup flax seeds or 1/2 cup ground flax meal
dash of salt if you wish (it helps brings all the flavors together)
1 teaspoon vanilla or more if want
1/2 a milk chocolate bar but you can use up to half a cup of chocolate chips if you’d like
5 scoops of protein powder (mine is a 10 gram scoop and for every scoop there are 9 grams of protein)
I also added a couple tablespoons of water to help everything come together.
***The protein powder I use is called Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I love it because it is completely unflavored, to the point where I’ll add it to my tea in the morning and not be able to taste it at all. I LOVE it. I’ll include a picture of it at the end of the post.
1. Blend the oats and flax together to be more like a flour if you’d like a smooth consistency. If you’d like the texture you can skip this step.
2. Add all of the ingredients into the blender and pulse and blend until it is a thick almost gooey texture.
3. Then dump into whatever sized pan you’d like. I used a 9 inch cake pan because it is what I had on hand.
These bars almost remind of caramel in a way but peanut butter flavored. If you like a stronger chocolate flavor feel free to add more chocolate or cocoa powder to your mix. I’m also interested to see how these would be with dates in the mix.
I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I do!