These Peanut Butter Protein Bars are ideal for if you need some fuel to keep you going throughout the day. Super easy to make and deliciously fudgy, they’re perfect for that post-workout muscle repair. They will also help to keep you full until dinner time! These bars have no added sugar and all-natural ingredients, therefore they’re definitely one to bookmark!
All the rushing around from my first week as a freelance personal trainer left me, quite unsurprisingly, absolutely exhausted. Combine that with the dreary weather we’ve been having in London at the moment and it wasn’t too much of a shock that I spent my first weekend of my new life fighting to recover from a pretty horrible infection!
The moment I felt myself getting ill I truly realised the weight of responsibility that you have as a complete freelancer, which includes no sick-pay! So if I didn’t fight this thing then that’s money that wouldn’t be going into my bank!
Pretty much straight away I grabbed the nearest plate and piled it full of nutrients- starve a fever, feed a cold, right? That’s what my Grandma used to say, anyway.
I followed this on with the most delicious bowl of Pho at the weekend, because absolutely nothing clears the sinuses like veggie noodle soup with plenty of Sriracha!
It had been a while since I’d baked anything, so as I started to feel better, I decided that it’d be really worth having some healthy, nutritious snacks about the house. These bars are great because I can just grab one on my way out to meet a client, or save it for the break in between classes.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- 220g Dates
- 2 Teaspoons Coconut Oil
- 2 Medium Bananas
- 1 Tablespoon Cacao Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Coffee
- 90 Grams Protein Powder (I used Raw, Unflavoured Pea Protein)
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Water (or just regular water)
- 100 Grams Cacao Nibs, or Dark Chocolate Chips (optional- roughly chopped walnuts would also work very well)
For the Topping
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- 100g Ground Hazelnuts
Line a square baking tray with greaseproof baking paper, then leave to one side.
Blitz all the ingredients (except the cacao nibs) in a blender until nice and smooth. You may have to take the blender off and stir every now and then so you can make sure that there are no lumps.
Now you can stir in the cacao nibs, if using (these can be replaced with roughly chopped nuts). Spoon it all into the baking tray and level it all out with a fork or spatula.
Freeze for 1 hour.
After the hour is up, take the tray out and drizzle with the peanut butter and ground hazelnuts. At this stage you can also add any other toppings of your choice. Dried cranberries would go very well, if that’s your sort of thing.
Freeze for a further 2 hours, or overnight, before cutting into small squares or slices.
I’d definitely advise that you keep these ones in the freezer so that they don’t lose their shape and go all squishy.
That’s it! I was a bit doubtful at first about the whole freezing method thing, however it works an absolute charm and gives the bars a lovely smooth texture. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!