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Wohohoa! Dark Chocolate Whey Protein Bars

You know when you buy a plot of land that you *think* could one day be mined for gold but in the back of your head you know it’s unlikely? And then one day – out of nowhere – you dig a sample hole and BAM! It’s gold, gold, gold?

That’s how these protein bars were.

See, the first time I tried combining the ingredients you’ll find below, I thought the end product would most likely be disastrous. But I tried it anyway because, at the same time as I convinced my idea would fail, I also thought there was a chance (a tiiiiny chance) that it might succeed. And boy oh boy. Man oh man. Beast OHHHH! Beast!


Ingredients

1/4 cup whey protein powder (chocolate or unflavored)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3-4 tbsp coconut flour (in the UK, you can get it cheapest on amazon right now – here)
1/2 cup canned (cooked, drained, and unsalted) black beans
5 squares (50g) dark chocolate (I used 85% but anything over 65% would be great)


Directions

1. Chuck all of the above ingredients in a food processor, all of them except for the dark chocolate.

2. Blend them all together until you get a smooth dough. Taste it to ensure it’s sweet enough. If it isn’t, add a bit more coconut sugar or your sweetener of choice (e.g. sucralose, stevia, or a bit of agave).

3. Shape this dough into 5-6 bars. If your mix is too wet to allow you to shape it into bars, add a bit more cocoa powder under you get to the right consistency.

4. Melt your dark chocolate in a bain marie
and, once melted, pour the chocolate onto the bars – first coating one side and then the other.

5. Place the chocolate-coated bars on a tray lined with aluminium foil or nonstick baking paper. You can put them on a silicone tray too.

6. Put the bars in the fridge for a couple of hours or the freezer for 30 minutes so the chocolate coating sets and… WOHOHOA! They’re ready to munch.

Macros per bar (out of six medium/small ones): 156kcals, 11g protein, 8g carbs (out of which 7g is fiber!!!!) and 8g fat.

Note:

The beans are absolutely BRILLIANT in these bars. Seriously. Let go of any apprehension you may have about them. They’re amazing. Let me tell you why:

1. Black beans are packed full of phytonutrients, fiber, minerals and vitamins
2. They’re high in protein.
3. They’re naturally gluten-free.
4. They lend a gorgeous texture to protein bars (and cakes and brownies!)
5. You can NOT taste the beans at all.
6. They go INCREDIBLY well with chocolate!
7. They’re a great way to bring your kcals and fats down.
8. Using beans in your bars enables you to make them nut-free!

 

3.7/5 (12 Reviews)