Phewww that was a longggg name for this post. I just wanted to be as descriptive as possible but ended up leaving the almond part out since I fear that you may hate me after reading a solid 10 word title. Anyhow, for my brother Erich’s birthday, I made him these awesome raw (minus the chocolate drizzle part) and vegan peanut butter protein bars. He’s an extreme health freak and trains consistently, hence, the reason why I decided to make protein bars instead of a cake for his birthday.
They were super easy to make, required no actual baking time and taste just like heaven sent peanut butter cookies. Tips: you can make your own peanut butter by simply blending roasted peanuts+kosher salt and some peanut oils OR JUST BUY THE THING AT TRADER JOES lol. I did make my own to get the exact consistency that I prefer and the unsalted taste.
-1 1/2 cup of rolled oats (I used McCannn’s Irish oatmeal) for the fine texture
-3/4 cup of peanut butter or almond butter. I used half and half for a better variety of nutrition an vitamins
-5-6 ounces of vanilla plant based protein powder (Sunwarrior)
-1/4 cup of maple syrup
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-1/2 cup of non dairy chocolate chip for drizzling
– 1/4 cup of raisin or sliced almond/ topping of your choice (I had pistachios on before and it was pretty rad).
+ Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper.
+ Blend by hand peanut/almond butter with the protein powder until achieve a smooth consistency, then add cinnamon.
+ Pour the mixture in a food processor then blend in oatmeal.
+ Pour the maple syrup in then continue to blend for another minute.
+ Taste the batter, if you like it sweeter, add some more syrup or stevia. Continue to blend a bit more
Fold the mixture into the baking dish. Press it firmly into the rectangle shape using the back of your spoon. This will require some patience people!
Melt the chocolate on stove top (low heat, stir constantly) or in microwave (I hate microwave but if you must, do it at a 10 second interval each time for a minute).
Sprinkle sliced topping of your choice all over the pressed protein bars and then drizzle melted chocolate liquid on top.
Cover with a lid then put in the freezer for 15-20 minutes until chocolate solidified
Cut into bars (I got 12 out of my batch at around 160 calories/ bar) and enjoy! Store in a plastic container if you don’t use all of them.