Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Fudge Bars

Hey!

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.

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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.

Instructions:

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.

My favorite protein powder.

My favorite protein powder. And the one I have found to be completely flavorless. To the point that you can barely taste it in water and it is flavorless in juice or another beverage.

I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I do!

Kelly 🙂

Chocolate Smoothie madness

Hi! 

This afternoon I concocted a smoothie that is FULL of fiber, protein, and healthy fats that will keep you satisfied for hours. It has a variety of ingredients to it and is one of my favorites yet. I have to mention that it is not a very sweet smoothie/shake but if you like dark chocolate and berries you will appreciate this recipe. I like this smoothie because it also has a hint of coconut flavor to it. 

Chocolate Berry Smoothie Recipe 

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons hemp hearts

2 tablespoons coco powder (i use the trader joe’s brand and find it has a pleasant taste) 

2 medjool dates (for added sweetness and 3 grams fiber) 

1/2 tablespoon sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

1 teaspoon or so of cinnamon

1/2 cup frozen spinach

1/4 cup frozen cranberries

1/4 cup frozen blue berries

1/4 cup frozen dark cherries

and finally 1 cup of cold water and 4-5 ice cubes

Usually when I am finished making the smoothie it results in about 2 cups of smoothie and then I add some water to the blender and top off my 24 oz cup with the blender remains. You don’t have to add extra water but I prefer a thinner smoothie 🙂 

Here’s some pictures and the nutritional stats of the smoothie. Just a side note, this smoothie is high in calories so if your watching them I would suggest having half the smoothie because it is equivalent to a meal or more. The full recipe is a total of 653 calories.

ImageImageImage   It looks like sludge water thanks to the spinach, cocoa powder, and berries; but it tastes delicious! 

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I calculated these stats from using the app called MyFitnessPal. I’m thinking that on a weekly basis I’ll feature my smoothie of the day. Until next time, have a great week!