Raw Double Chocolate Protein Bars

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If you often find yourself buying Clif Bars, Lara bars, or any other energy, protein or candy bar than this is the recipe for you! I spent a good amount of time constructing the perfect recipe that kept in mind texture, flavor, digestion, protein, cost and of course energy…and to clarify what I mean by energy; the energy it provides our bodies and the amount of energy needed to make it!  With a little patience and effort you can have the best to-go snack that is decadent, energy boosting and healthy….what could be better? Seriously this the best protein bar recipe I have ever tasted and I say that with vigor, it’s worth the extra effort!

For all my lovely protein junkies, you’ll love this recipe. If you don’t know where the protein is because you can’t find protein powder or meat in the recipe please take a look at each individual ingredient and check out how much protein is in just 1 cup. You’ll be surprised at what you find!

My boyfriend, Dominick, an undoubtably picky eater, loves Clif Bar’s protein bar called the builder bar. I would buy him one for every day of work. He says it’s the perfect snack in between his gallon of water and fruit for breakfast and the usual rice and greens mixin’ meal bowl for lunch. But with every commercially packaged food comes questions about the way it was processed and the quality of ingredients. Well looking at the ingredients it just doesn’t look very pure or high quality to me. We tried the raw revolution bars, he said they were good but don’t compare and I agree. It needed the layered textures with a soft chewy cookie base, crispy crunchy gooey insides, dipped in chocolate.  I also knew he needed multiple sources of high quality protein, so I looked to foods like millet, amaranth and super foods such as maca and cacao; they are indeed super. Plus he loves chocolate <3

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Dominick loves this recipe so much, we make them every week and haven’t bought another cliff bar since. He says he feels more focused, full, and on his game after eating these. It’s funny he would only bring the regular shaped bars to work..I guess the heart shaped ones are best eaten at home so the guys at work don’t say anything…or that’s what I’m assuming. lol

This is a double chocolate bar but you could easily make a maple pecan, spirulina, vanilla almond, triple chocolate or whatever you can think of. I encourage experimentation and if you need help brainstorming just leave a comment and I’ll help ya out! I hope this will inspire you to make a bunch of different kinds of flavors that suit your personal taste.

This recipe makes about 12 bars,  they’ll last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Please keep in mind the whole point of eating raw food is to eat everything as fresh as possible, so you can indulge and share your delicious creations with friends too.  Just make sure to plan on making more ;) Give the gift of good energy to everyone you know and share the recipe too!

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It makes me happy to know that it’s filled with vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, macro-nutrients, essential fatty acids and it’s all from high-quality plant-based sources.

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Sprouting Millet and Amaranth

This is the best resource I have found for everything sprouts! sproutpeople.org If you have any questions about how to sprout almost anything check out this website!

For now we only need millet and amaranth.

Instructions for sprouting Amaranth

Instructions for sprouting Millet

Don’t be intimidated it’s very easy and only takes a minute every so often.

Cookie Base

1 cup oats (gluten free)

1/2 cup almond flour

1 cup sprouted millet

2 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

5 dates + 1/4 cup water = Date Paste*

Technique

Grind oats in food processor until it becomes flour and put it in a mixing bowl.

Add all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix well.

**Make the date paste separately in the food processor 5 dates+1/4 cup water Tip: double this so you don’t have to do it twice for the crispy crunchy gooey insides. Don’t forget to save half**

Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and set aside.

 Crispy Crunchy Gooey Insides

1 1/2 cup pecans & cashews or whatever nut, seed or legume you prefer.

1 cup sprouted amaranth

1/4 cup cacao nibs

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp coconut nectar, honey or agave nectar

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

5 dates + 1/4 cup water = Date Paste*

Technique

In a food processor chop the pecans and cashews until they are in bite sized pieces.

Add in all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well

Add in the rest of the ingredients a mix again till well mixed and set aside.

 Assembly

you can mold the shapes out of the cookie dough with your hands or you can roll it out with a piece of plastic wrap so you can cut it into rectangular pieces.

Add the crispy crunchy gooey insides with a spoon and smooth it out.

I put them in the dehydrator for in 1-2 hours, they can go a little longer or you can just stick them in the fridge to firm up for 1 hour.

 Chocolate Coating

1/4 cup  golden cacao butter

2 tbsp cacao powder

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp raw agave

Technique

Melt the golden cacao butter in a glass measuring cup by sticking it in the oven, on warm, for about 15 minutes -or- boil 2 cups water, take it off the heat and put the glass measuring cup in the hot water for about 1 minute or less. There will still be chunks left but the heat from the already melted butter will melt the rest; plus you don’t want to cook it. Add in the coconut oil to melt as well.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir.

Final Assembly

I find it best to refrigerate the cookie bars before dipping them in chocolate. I also recommend letting the chocolate mixture cool for 10 minutes or less before dipping.

I dipped them in a medium square glass dish this worked really well and then I just flipped them around and put them on a cooling rack to harden.

Put them on the cooling rack in the freezer for 30 seconds to harden.

Store them in a plastic air tight bag in the fridge.

Remember any ingredient can be substituted to your liking, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Leaving positive energy and good vibes…don’t forget to take some before you leave!

<3,

Amanda

Ingredients Used






You’ll find all these ingredients stocked in my cupboard and they last a long time even though I use them often for many different recipes. A little goes a long way! You can also look for the smaller sizes if you don’t want to bulk up. Most likely you can find all these ingredients at your local health market or whole foods.

Tools I used


Black & Decker FP2500B PowerPro Wide-Mouth 10-Cup Food Processor, Black (Kitchen)

Features: 500-watt food processor with 10-cup capacity and wide-mouth feed chute, Soft-touch Mylar buttons; 2 speed settings, plus pulse; safety-interlock system, Heavy-duty suction-cup feet; cord storage; dishwasher-safe parts, Includes stainless-steel chopping blade and a slicing/shredding disk, Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

List Price: $59.99 USD
New From: $42.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $39.12 USD In Stock


Winco MS3A-8D Strainer, 8" dia., Double Fine Mesh, Flat Wooden Handle

Features: Design: fine, Type: double mesh, Size: 8"

List Price: $7.63 USD
New From: $1.46 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock


Basiloff Cheesecloth 4.8 Sq Yds Chef Grade Fine Mesh Unbleached 100% Cotton (Kitchen)

Features: Fine Mesh Cheesecloth 43 square feet (4.8 sq yards), All-natural 100%-Cotton Unbleached Cheesecloth, Grade 50 fine 28 x 24 Mesh, Heavy Weight Yarn Count: 40 x 40, Washable cheesecloth, Ideal for all types of straining and other household applications

List Price: $12.99 USD
New From: $7.59 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Excalibur dehydrators starting at $199.99

5 tray excalibur dehydrator5 Tray Excalibur Dehydrator

5-large trays, 15″ x 15″ each. Mesh screens are BPA free.

Adjustable Thermostat 95◦F to 155◦F. Temperature range is low enough to preserve active enzymes in fruits and vegetables. Temperature range is also high enough to meet safety standards for dehydrating meat for jerky. Unit turns on automatically when thermostat is in use.



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One Comment on ““Raw Double Chocolate Protein Bars”

  1. Melissa

    These bars were amazing! I love Luna and raw revolution but Amanda’s protein bars blow the others out of the water. What made them unique was the dip-like chocolate coating and delicious flavor and texture of the bar. It was flavorful, fresh, and filling! Highly recommend!!!

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