I’ve been thinking of creating a home made protein bar for quite a while. My go to snacks are usually nuts, yoghurt + berries or fruit, but every now and then I feel like something a little different. Protein bars are not something I would normally buy as they’re often full of sweeteners that upset my stomach and some of the better brands tend to be quite expensive.
I had a big tub of Clean Lean Protein in the pantry that I needed to use up so I decided to create a DIY protein bar and it turned out quite delicious. They have a fudgey type texture and chunks of chocolate which always make things taste even better! These protein bars contain 9.5g of protein, as well as providing some healthy fats. This combination make them a filling snack that is perfect for those on the go times when you want something to keep you satisfied that’s tasty too.
Here’s how to make the chocolate fudge protein bars.
1 cup sunflower seeds (you could also use cashews)
6.5 scoops chocolate flavoured Clean Lean Protein
1/2 cup coconut
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup almond slithers
80g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks + 20g (1 row) extra
3 teaspoons honey (or use stevia if you want to lower sugar)
1 dessertspoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons water
Place the sunflower seeds in a food processor and blend for 4-8 minutes, pausing and scraping down the sides with a spatula. You want them to come together into a butter type consistency.
Next, add the protein powder, coconut, cocoa, honey, peanut butter and water. Blend again until the mixture comes together when pinched. If need be add a little more water. Add the chocolate chunks and gently mix in.
Tip the mixture into a small dish (approx cm x cm) and press down very firmly with clean fingers or the back of a spoon.
Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over the top.
Place in the freezer for 1 hour, then slice into 10 bars.
Store in the fridge.
Are you a protein bar fan?