Can you tell that I've missed chocolate this week??!
This chocolate is dark (50-70% cocoa) chocolate so it has less sugar than most and as you can see, we have used it sparingly but appropriately. The idea being that this is a little bit of what you want with a whole lot of healthy and delicious stuff that will keep us full and feed our muscles post workout. *Just a little note about dark chocolate, be careful selecting your dark chocolate, higher quality does not always equate to better outcome baking-wise. I have never had much luck with Lindt 70% for example. So sometimes it's better to go for a lower percentage but guaranteed results.
So what's inside - Oats for digestion
- Almonds for protein and vitamin E
- Chocolate Protein powder for obvious reasons
- Flaxseeds for those Omega 3s
- Hazelnuts for linoleic acid and folate
- peanut butter for flavour and protein
- cashew butter for texture and creaminess
- optional agave nectar for sweetness
- Delicious Dark Chocolate for cancer fighting anti-oxidants!!
So as you can see these babies pack a powerful nutrient punch and are absolutely scrumptious to boot. My ones are vegetarian but not vegan. However they could easily be made vegan with a brown rice or other vegan protein powder and a nut/soya milk instead of the cow's milk.
So what will you need - Food processor or nutri-bullet/other blender that can mill
- bowl and spoon.
100g/ 1.25 cups Oats
20-30/ 1/4 cup Almonds
10-15/ 1/8 cup Hazelnuts
2 tbsp brown and golden flaxseeds/linseeds
2 Scoops Chocolate protein powder ( I used whey)
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp cashew butter
optional tsp agave nectar
100ml/ 1/3 cup milk
1 - Using a food processor or appropriate blender, mill your oats, then nuts, then flaxseeds into flours.
2 - Add to a bowl and mix together well
3 - In a small saucepan heat your milk, peanut butter and cashew butter (with your agave nectar is
you want) and mix continuously until smooth. Let cool slightly
4 - Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add chocolate chips and mix
5 - Line a bread pan with clingfilm and then pour in the mixture. it will be sticky but a silicone
spatula will help. Flatten it out and cover with the clingfilm before chilling in the fridge.
6 - Remove from the fridge and cut into pieces of your chosen size. I would advise smaller rather
than larger as these pack quite the protein punch and are therefore quite filling. Then place in a
freezer, if possible or back in the fridge to chill further.
7 - Melt your remaining dark chocolate over a bain-marie or in the microwave in careful bursts of 20
seconds, with a drop of milk, stirring between each blast. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract to your
chocolate and stir through. Temper if you want by melting 2/3 and then finely chopping last and
adding and stirring through to melt.
7 - Remove one bar from the fridge/freezer at a time to dip into the dark chocolate and place on a
wire rack to let excess drip off.
8 - Let your chocolate set, store in the fridge and then enjoy; after a workout or anytime =)
So the nutritional info on these. If you make 22 then each piece contains:
Calories - 77
Protein - 5g
Fat (mostly healthy) - 4g
And a whole lot of vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants as discussed above.
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