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Protein Bars for Choco Junkies


Beauty and the nature protein bars choco junkies

I want to apologies for the fact that I wasn't the best blogger recently and I know it has been a while since my last post but I got a lot of things going on.  Anyway, now I am back on track and I have big plans and many things that I want to share with all of you. Today’s post will be the last (for a while) about food. My initial intention about this blog was about sharing homemade beauty treatments and I haven't shared any of these yet. So I think the time has come… 

As you can tell by the title today I will share with you my recipe for Chocolate Protein Bars. And yeah.. I know what you are probably thinking…”Chocolate again!” But what can I say, I am obsessed with it. The reason that I love those little babies is because they fully cover the requirements that I have about the food that I eat.

Food Mantra "Easy, Simple, Healthy yet Delicious"

As I said in my last post we really shouldn't be scared by the expression "Fast Food”. It has to be actually the opposite -  we have to embrace the convenience that comes from it, but first we have to correct our perception of what fast food really is. Let me tell you what I think about when I say fast food. I think about apples, bananas, nuts. This is the real fast food! All the fruits and veggies are fast food. There is just no way that you can convince me, that it takes longer to chop a salad than to make a burger.Period!

So since I made that clear, I think it is finally time, to proceed with the recipe for these delicious, chocolicious protein bars.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cup oats 
  • 1 cup (around 200g) soaked and pitted dates
  • 1 cup hazelnuts or any other nuts of your choice, slightly chopped 
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds (grinded)
  • 4 tbsp raw honey*
  • 2 tbsp raw unsweetened cocoa powder
Beauty and the nature ingredients protein bars

Instructions:

After you soak the dates for about 10 min in filtered water, drain them and remove the pits. Place the pitted dates into a blender and blend them until they form a sticky ball or until there are no bumps.  When you are done place the blended dates into a big mixing bowl together with the oats, the hazelnuts and the ground flax seeds. 

Heat your hot plate on the stove at the lowest temperature and melt the honey. Remember to melt it on the lowest temperature, otherwise the heat will destroy its healthy properties.There are even some suggestions that heating the honey on high temperature makes it poison. I am not sure about that, but for sure you won't  get any benefits from it if you heat it over 60 degrees celsius (140 degrees fahrenheit). 

When the honey starts to melt (remember to stir it all the time while is on the hot plate) add the cocoa powder. You can add it at once or you can split it. Just note that if you add it at once it will be a little more difficult to mix it. When you achieve a mixture that looks like a chocolate, you are ready. Pour the honey-cocoa mixture in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

And here now is the funny part. Get ready to get dirty! Start to mix all of the ingredients with your hands until all is blended nicely together. You can try to mix it with spoon or something but most likely it won't work. At least it didn't work for me. It is a good idea before starting to mix everything to prepare a square shape pan covered with baking paper. When you are done mixing, just pour the mixture into the pan and start pressing it in order to fill the pan and to give it the same shape. 

Place it in the freezer for couple of hours then cut it into pieces. I usually make 10 bars from this batch. I keep them in the freezer and whenever I need a snack or I crave something sweet, I just grab one of these. I just love them. All in all, it takes like 15 min to make them and the result is incredible. Also you can add whatever you want according to your personal taste and preferences. Is that simple! Try them, you'll thank me later :) 

*Update

At the time this post was published I was still transitioning to the vegan lifestyle. Thus the use of honey in the bars. Instead of honey you can use maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia or to skip this step all together. The dates are giving this bars enough sweetness and texture. 

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