[This post was originally written on Friday, but as I went into hospital never got published. I’m so thrilled to share this incredible recipe with you today…]
I may have been feeling on top of the world after completing my 9-Day Cleanse programme with an abundance of energy to rival the gorgeous BuffBunny, but a few days spent in hospital following a severe gallbladder infection (my gallstones are hereditary, with mother sister and auntie all suffering their rounds- and mainly post-preggers too. sucks!) I am battling everything from viral infection, low blood pressure, dehydration and, well, water-retention all at once. (Darn, me and water never seem to have a good moment, do we?) so needless to say; this is no time to slack on my nutritional intake.
So, to boost our energy levels and kick-start the weekend on the yummy-side, I’m sharing my recipe for the most delicious No-Bake Chocolate & Almond Crunch Protein Bars you can whip up- they are not only super fast to make, but also oh-so-simple, making them perfect for both afternoon office-slumps, time-of-the-month cravings and post-workout pickmeups… a.k.a a handbag essential(!) not to mention that every single bar in these pictures are sitting pretty in the tummy of a bunch of lads. Do I need to say more to testament to their magical powers? Go on then; packed to the brim with nutty protein and healthy fats from coconut oil, lined with only the best antioxidant-boosting dark chocolate to curb even the sweetest tooth…
Here’s how we no-bake ’em up, in no time:
MACROS** (Full 24 Servings): 206g Protein // 314.5g Fat // 161g Carbs Per Serving: 8.5g Protein // 13.1g Fat // 6.7g Carbs
100 ml/4 oz Coconut Oil
100 ml/4 oz Peanut Butter OR Almond Butter
300 ml of Protein (I use my delicious Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein Protein in Vanilla, Get Yours in My Store Here)
150 ml Almond Milk
200 ml/8 oz Almond Meal*
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
50g Dark Chocolate
2 Tbsp Roughly Chopped Almonds
- Melt coconut oil, nut butter and almond milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine. Add almond meal and protein powder to the bowl and mix thoroughly (you may want to get your clean hands dirty here!), until a dough is formed. Press dough base firmly into a 20x20cm baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil and stir until combines. Pour chocolate mixture into baking dish and cover the protein base. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.
- Freeze for 25 minutes, then cut into your very own perfect little protein bars! Refrigerate in an airtight container (if there are any leftovers, that is.)
Let me know in the comments if you give these yummy bars a go- I promise they don’t disappoint. They’re so simple and quick to make (hey, it’s 3-steps!), and the perfect easy-to-grab snack to curb those cravings, keep at hand or dish out to unexpected visitors- guilt-free! They’re my absolute favourite protein and healthy fat treats! Enjoy!
*Simply make your own by grounding almonds in a blender/food processor until perfect flour consistency is achieved. **Feel Free to adjust your protein, fat and carb intake accordingly in terms of the protein powder you use. i.e. Five scoops of my Forever Fit Vanilla Protein yields; 125g Protein, 19.5g Fat, 95g Carbs so if your protein have a higher and/or lower macro ratio to the scoop, make your adjustments accordingly! All calculations made with My Fitness Pal Calculator