Saturday, June 16, 2012

Protein Bars

I've been on the hunt for a protein bar that Doodle will eat. Have you ever noticed that the only protein bars available in the store are mixtures of nuts congealed together to form a bar? Well, Doodle absolutely hates them and when you're in a pinch and need some protein fast, there's not much choice out there. Personally, I love protein bars, but mine are peanut butter goodness covered in delicious chocolate - yum! It's a vast difference between my bars and any gluten free, vegan bar out there. So, I set out to make my own today and here's what i came up with - they turned out a bit like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Next time I think I will cut back on the chocolate.

Vegan Protein Bars

1 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp Pea Protein Powder
3 Tbsp Agave Nectar
6 Gluten Free Graham Crackers - broken in half
1 bag Ghiradelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tbsp Shortening
cupcake liners

1. Mix the peanut butter, protein powder, and agave nectar in a bowl until it looks like cookie dough.
2. Place 2 cups water in a pan and bring to boil. Set temperature to low and simmer water.
3. Place a heat proof bowl over the simmering water. Add chocolate and shortening. Stir constantly.
4. Once chocolate is melted turn off heat and leave the chocolate on top of the water.
5. Dip the graham cracker half into the chocolate and completely cover with chocolate. Remove and place in cup cake liner. (repeat) Place these in freezer for 10 minutes to cool.
6. Remove graham crackers & chocolate from freezer and spread with peanut butter mixture. Return to freezer for another 10 minutes.
7. Remove from freezer and fill the cupcake liners up with remaining chocolate and place in freezer until hardened.

I had some peanut butter and chocolate left over, but no graham crackers, so I rolled the peanut butter mixture into balls and dipped in chocolate - to make some peanut butter balls. Doodle says they are delicious!

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