Chocolate Protein Bars

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Chocolate Protein Bars

Now, I know I have a food blog and am always cooking, but I always forget to eat because I am always running around. I know many of us have a similar problem and are just to busy to get in a meal. So I created these magical energy boosting and protein packed bars that you can pop in your brief case or purse and eat on the go. The best part about these is that kids love them too! My niece gobbled one down and asked for more (she is my toughest critique).

Another brilliant thing about these is you can pretty much add anything you want to these and keep them healthy and delicious.

 

Base:

1/2 cup dried oats

1 cup toasted pecans

1 large banana

7 dates

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup hemp hearts

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Hemp Milk as needed

2 tablespoons Maca powder

2 tablespoons spirulina powder

 

Add Ins: (Add 1 or all)

7 Dried Figs

1/2 Cup Pistachios (toasted)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup dried blueberries or cherries


In a food processor add the Oats and pulse until they become a powder. Continue this with the toasted pecans, chia seeds, and the hemp hearts. Continue to do this with all the dry ingredients you decide to add. I like to save one of the toasted seeds or nuts whole for the end to add texture. Next, add the banana, olive oil and the dates. At this point the mixture should come together and form a dough. If the mixture does not combine add a touch of hemp milk to moisten the mixture.


place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and scoop the mixture out onto the parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on the top and using a rolling pin roll the mixture out evenly. I like to remove the parchment paper from the top and then add some toasted nuts or seeds to the top and place the paper back on and give it one last roll.

Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 2 hours. Lift the paper from the cookie sheet and using a knife divide the block up into about 12 bars. I like to wrap each bar up in parchment paper and keep these in the refrigerator until I am ready to enjoy them. they will keep in the freezer for up to a month in a freezer bag or fridge for about a week in a bag.

 

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