Have you noticed how, in the last year, a bunch of new protein chocolate companies have sprung up? Companies that sell chocolate bars enriched with protein? You may think, “how absurd” or catalogue them alongside silly products like protein ketchup (yup, it exists!) or protein gum, or one of those foods that really should be nowhere close to protein but for some weird reason is (like protein gummy bears, hmmmm ??)
If you’re thinking this though, stop for a second and hear me out because I’m going to try to convince you that protein chocolate actually IS a good idea:
Chocolate is one of those things that everyone (who loves chocolate) should include in their diet. Proper chocolate, you know, darrrrk chocolate – as dark as you can handle.
Bidding chocolate farewell just makes no sense to me because it’s actually not that bad for you, you know?When you say no to chocolate, if you’re a chocolate lover, ahhh…. chocolate can end up haunting you.
You start dreaming about chocolate, fantasising about chocolate, salivating at the mere sight of the word c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e. And that really shouldn’t happen, particularly not when chocolate has so much going for it in terms of what it can give your body (e.g. flavonoids, antioxidants, zinc) and do to your body (e.g. improve your heart health and blood pressure). Chocolate, dark chocolate, can also impact your mood by releasing serotonin – the ‘feel’ good’ neurotransmitter in your brain. So what’s not to love, you know?
Let me get to the point though. Let me tell you why you should add protein to your chocolate:
You should add protein to your chocolate to make it more filling! And to turn it into a proper functional food, a power snack. By adding protein to your chocolate, you turn it from what is basically pretty much just carbs and fat into something that is carbs + fat + protein. A more complete snack, you know? A much more filling snack.
Now, you may be thinking, “but I’m not a chocolatier, I can’t make my own chocolate!”
This is where the fun comes in. All you need to make your own protein chocolate? Two things: your favourite chocolate bar + protein powder.
I suggest you use an unflavoured protein powder to make this so that it doesn’t kill your favourite chocolate bar’s flavour.
PS: Am still working on a white chocolate version to beat this attempt!
Half a bar of 90% dark chocolate (I used Lindt’s 90%)
1/4 cup (24g) whey protein powder
Topping Options (this is where you can go nuts, literally, harhar)
1. Melt your chocolate in a Bain maire (a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water).
2. Add your protein to the chocolate and viciously start whisking powder with the melted chocolate (I saw viciously because you need to be fast, otherwise the whole thing stars cooking and turns grainy).
3. Pour the ensuing mixture into a chocolate mold or just on a tray lined with baking paper. Add your toppings.
4. Let it cool in the fridge for an hour.
Macros for the chocolate bar are basically those of your chocolate + your toppings + 25g of protein if you use an unflavored whey.
Awesome, ey? Give it a go! And let me know when you do so I can join your party!!!!!!!!