Raw Cacao Protein and Peanut Butter Bars - Made From The Scraps In The Pantry!
So I was getting organised for the week ahead by doing my food prep and decided I'd whip up something delicious and healthy to hit the sweet spot. I have been craving A LOT of naughty food lately and needed to make some healthy snacks to stop me from going to town on a block of chocolate! I had some Loving Earth Coconut Paste in the pantry that was getting close to its use by date that I didn't want to go to waste, so I figured I'd try to mix up some coconuty, chocolatey goodness to press in to a slice tray. I am such a shocker for getting all spontaneous and excited when I see a good recipe for healthy treats and end up going to the supermarket to get a whole bag of each ingredient I need, spending a fortune and then don't touch what is left of the bag for ages after I make that treat once! - terrible, and costly!
I figured there might be a few of you out there that share the same tendencies as me - so, after scouring through everything I had in the pantry (things I had already - not purchasing new ingredients) to put with my coconut paste, I came up with this super simple, guilt free little protein slice that turned out to be so delicious! it utilised a heap of ingredients in the pantry that needed to be used up AND I personally think it's good enough to share with you!
I'm a huge fan of the throw it all in and keep adding either dry or liquid ingredients until you get a good enough consistency kind of approach to making treats! Lazy I know - but it has always worked for me, so far! So I apologise in advance for the extremely rough measurements for ingredients - get close to this and run with my method and they'll be great!
1. Using an electric food processor, mix the dates, chia seeds and boiling water together until it creates a thick, caramel like paste (may need to add more boiling water depending on the consistency)
2. Add all other dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together
3. Mix the peanut butter and the coconut paste together in a separate bowl (you may need to soften the coconut paste in the microwave for 10seconds as it tends to set when it's kept in a cool place)
4. Add both of the liquid ingredients to the large bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix well until combined - it ends up being quite thick so you can even ditch the spoon and mix it together using your hands as you would a cookie dough.
5. Line a slice tray with baking paper and spread the mixture in to it, pressing it down firmly so it's nice and flat and compressed - cover the tray with glad wrap, place it in the freezer for a few hours until it is set enough to slice up and you're done!!
I must warn you to keep it in the freezer or refrigerator as it will melt slightly when it is out for too long.
1 cup/generous handful of Pitted, Medjool Dates
1 cup of Shredded Coconut
1/3 cup of Chia Seeds
1 heaped tablespoon of Organic Cocao Powder
2 tablespoons of Amazonia Raw Cocao and Macadamia Protein (You can purchase this locally from Motive Health and Nutrition)
1 cup of Almond Meal
2 tablespoons of Mayvers Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup of Loving Earth Organic Coconut Paste
1/2 cup Boiling Water