Natural Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe
Whether you're trying to get healthier / fitter, lose weight or have blood sugar control issues, it doesn't mean you have to give up on delicious chocolatey treats. These protein flapjack bars are all natural (containing dry milk powder instead of protein powder), packed full of nutrition and taste (dare I say) even better than those store bought factory produced mass bars.
Although I am trying to track my protein intake to help in building muscle mass at the moment, I do not take any protein supplements or powders for a number of reasons. One of these is that people do not seem to realise that they probably get enough protein in their diet already (protein comes in so many forms; meat, fish, dairy, nuts etc) but too much can actually be harmful to the liver. Therefore I have substituted a more natural way to get a protein boost through ingredients such as dried milk powders (which was initially suggested by my nutritionist). Also, pre-made protein bars (especially in the UK) seem to full of additives, sugars and artificial ingredients that just don't need to be there. (An exception that I do buy is Nakd's fruit, oat and nut bars which contain only natural ingredients and no powders, additives or added sugars but pack a good amount of protein!).
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Makes : approx. 9 bars
35g Oat Flour (I made my own by grinding rolled oats until very fine)
20g Rolled Oats
1 Tsp Maple Syrup (or other liquid sweetener such as agave or honey)
1 Banana, mashed (approx. 75g to 85g)
1 Tbsp PB2 (alternatively, use any nut butter)
Optional; Dried Skimmed Milk Powder (depending on how much of a protein boost you want, I typically use between 5g to 15g).
Peanut Butter Layer:
2 Tbsp PB2 Chocolate (or PB2 or any nut butter)
5g to 7g Dark Chocolate (I used Lindt 85% Cocoa)
2 Tsp (approx. 8g) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 and 1/2 Tsp Maple Syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
1 Tsp Extract (Ones I have used; Orange, Vanilla, Peppermint, Caramel and Strawberry)
- Preheat oven to 180C and line / grease a baking tray.
- In a bowl, mash banana until smooth and mix in the PB2 and syrup.
- Fold in oat flour and dried milk powder (if using) until well combined.
- Fold in the rolled oats and mix until well coated.
- Place base mixture onto tray and spread / press into a flat square (alternatively use a small square tin).
- Bake for approx. 15 - 20 min until golden brown.
- Allow to cool for approx. 10 min.
- Meanwhile, make up the PB2 (or nut butter) and spread layer on top of the base.
- For the chocolate layer, melt the dark chocolate for a few seconds in a microwave.
- Mix in the syrup and extract.
- Combine in the cocoa powder and mix until the mixture is a slightly thick / fudgy paste.
- Spread chocolate on top of the nut butter layer.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing into bars.
- Keep in a fridge.
Tips & Serving Ideas
- Use different extracts for different flavoured chocolate coating!
- Add in dried fruit and / or nuts into oat mixture.
- Sprinkle chopped nuts, chocolate chips or dessicated coconut on top of the chocolate layer.
- The milk powder is simply for an added boost of protein and can easily be omitted without any effect on the finished product. (You may also use your protein powder of choice)