Like, seriously, if you’re a fan of good ol’ doughy, chewy, soft protein bars but:
a) You’re vegan now and miss them A LOT.
b) You won’t pay 4 bucks for a tiny-weeny piece of food that you’ll likely devour in 7 seconds as you make your way out of the gym. Are they made of gold and pink diamonds or what.
c) You’d rather not put 37489372489 different kinds of artificial thickeners, sweeteners and all that weird gang in your body. Have you guys ever looked at the ingredient list of one of those protein bars sold at the gym? Scary. Quite as scary as finding out you’re out of potatoes.
AKA VERY SCARY.
My friend, if you selected option 1), b) or c), you’re going to LOVE me now. Almost as much as I love potatoes. Almost.
These, my friends, are the best-est protein bars I’ve ever tried. They’re soft & chewy and they melt in your mouth like a dream. Flavoured like vanilla and peanut butter (!!!!!!!!!) and covered in a crunchy extra dark chocolate shell. I could actually tell you these are candy bars and you would buy it.
They’re also made with real ingredients. Like five of them, only. All of them vegan & gluten-free AND guess what: they can be made in a bowl in 5 minutes. No blender or food processor needed.
I KNOW I KNOW. You want to scream and dance and hug me and send me a million flowers and hug me again and dance. LIFE IS GOOD AND DREAMS DO COME TRUE.
What do they feel/taste like, you say? I’ve got lots of you ask me about them ever since I posted a preview of them in my Insta story a couple of days ago (shameless self-promotion: follow me on Insta here). They seem like they’re going to taste like Squarebars (aka my second fav protein bar after these) but they’re actually like a chocolate covered Quest bar.
And I’m very aware that Quest bar aren’t actually delicious. They taste super artificial to me (truth to be told: they are) but the thing is: I love(d) them. Like a lot, lot, lot. There’s something about that gummy texture that used to have me shelling out 4 euros (!!!!!!!! they were so expensive here) for them. Over and over again. And I had to either travel to the UK or order them online because they’re impossible to get here. That’s wat I call true love.
Which is so odd because… you know, Twix and other candy bars are better and just as “healthy” as those are. Which is: nothing at all.
Like, sorry if you do like Quest bars (I did too hehe!! They’re addictive), but you have to admit that the nutrition they pack is so little that you might as well eat some plastic.
ANYWAYYYYYY. I don’t want to get all diss-y or anything! Though it makes me a bit mad to see this kind of artificial snacks, made with harmful sweeteners and whey protein, being labelled as healthy. And I’m not talking about any brand in particular… but feel free to go to the supermarket and see what I mean. Is it that hard to snack on fruit and veggie sandwiches??
These protein bars I made, although made with all natural ingredients, are not the most nutritious thing ever. I will say I do love them; snacking on them makes me feel great, and they are lovely as a post-workout snack, but you really shouldn’t make something this high-protein a diet staple, as having too much protein daily can be harmful for you. So please, please, please: don’t let the fact that these are actually much healthier than many protein bars at the market make you eat lots of them. Moderation is key!
That being said, these are super duper filling, so even if they’re delicious, you won’t likely reach for a second. Also, I made them bigger for the pics, as I find them easier to shoot that way, but if you want to make 12 bars instead of the 8 I made, that would be even better, because these are INCREDIBLY satisfying.
Also, more notes on these: you can use a bigger amount of powdered peanut butter and reduce the amount of protein powder used BUT YOU CANNOT GO THE OTHER WAY AROUND. Trust me, I’ve tried that, and it made these taste terribly plastic, even when the brand of protein powder tasted great. I get my powdered peanut butter from iHerb, and I think it’s the best thing ever. It’s a lower fat way to add peanut flavour to everything (sweets, porridge, savoury stews, etc) and works well in energy balls or protein bars like these. If you can’t get powdered peanut butter in your country, I recommend ordering from iHerb! I’ve placed lots of orders and never ever had a problem, and it’s also cheaper than other stores.
For the protein powder part, please, go for something you know you like the flavour! Some powders in the market (especially pea-based ones) taste odd, like almost dirty or something?? I have tried lots of them in the bars (long story short: I’d been developing these for monthssssss until I get the perfect combo – u welcome), but the only ones I’ve actually liked are the Purple Balance one (which I think is discontinued now *cries*) and the Vega Protein Smoothie Viva Vanilla… but I’m guessing there are more good protein powders out there, so feel free to go for your favourite! Actually, if you’re going to order from iHerb, they have a loooooot to choose from!
As for the chocolate, I recommend going for extra dark chocolate, as the bars can be a tad too sweet (depending on which powder you use), but anything would work, really.
I shall leave you know, as I guess you must be dying to give these a go! 😉 Let me know how you like them!
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