Chocolate Açaí Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Just like I’ve gone ‘bowl’ crazy in the last couple of months (I’ve made these tofu noodle bowls like 237504 times), I think it is safe to say that I am now going ‘bar’ crazy.

Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars
When you are mostly eating a plant-based and allergen free diet, bars can really substitute pretty much any of the guilty sweets out there that you can’t have anymore. Like in this case I think it is safe to say that what I made here are literally raw brownies. Fudgy, chewy and utterly sinful raw brownies! I can totally get down with that.

I don’t how they could say that eating gluten and dairy free can be boring (one thing that I know gets boring is the annoying stomach palpitations I get every time I eat a burger). After eating these bars I realized that I most certainly proved them wrong, and its give me great pleasure to know that my meal will never ever be anything but boring (thank the universe for these chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes as well).

Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars
These bars super easy to make AND they satisfy your sweet tooth AND you can put whatever superfoods and nutrients you need in one serving to get you going. Like acai powder! I have been putting this stuff pretty much in all my smoothies now (hello blueberry smoothie). It is a little expensive as are a lot of superfood ingredients and powders when you buy them in bulk but it is so worth it cause acai also tastes so good as well!

And an even bigger plus is that acai powder goes so well with chocolate! I was really surprised as I don’t usually like to flavor my chocolate with anything else, especially berry. I am pretty traditional with my chocolate and usually want it to be and only be the main attraction. But the additional flavor of acai didn’t overpower the chocolate at all or make it too sweet like other flavors usually paired with chocolate. I don’t think I will ever warm up to the concept of orange bitter chocolate!

Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars
There is lots of peanut butter and honey in these protein bars which guarantees that they will always be fudgy and gooey and chewy no matter how much you leave them in the fridge. Thats my least favorite thing is rock hard bars that make your jaw hurt when you try to take a bite. Not cool!

How was your easter weekend? I was down in Florida visiting my mama and we mostly played scrabble and had a few nice walks on the beach! It is great when I go visit her because I rarely check social media and browse the internet because why on earth would I want to there! When I came back to New York I wasn’t ready just yet to return to the ‘webiverse’ and instead spent a couple of days reading my book and re-watching Downton Abbey. Sometimes it is so good to take a break!

Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars Chocolate Acai Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate Açaí Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Yields 16
Just like fudgy and chewy raw brownies!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup peanut butter
  2. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  3. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 3 tablespoons açaí powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  5. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. 1/3 cup vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  7. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  8. 1/2 cup rolled oats
For the topping
  1. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  2. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the peanut butter, honey, almond milk, açaí, cocoa and mix until combined. Remove from heat and add the brown rice flour, oats and protein powder and mix using a rubber spatula. It should be like cookie consistency. If you noticed it is crumble like just add a bit more almond milk and combine ingredients until you obtain a dough consistency.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and with a spatula flatten it out. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours. Once chilled, lift the mixture out of the pan by the ends of the parchment paper and cut into squares.
  4. To prepare the chocolate topping, bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add chopped chocolate and coconut oil to the bowl stirring constantly until the chocolate begins to melt and combines with the oil. With a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the bars.
Notes
  1. Instead of rolled oats you may use rice puffs or nuts and seeds of your choice!
Adapted from Eat Good 4 Life
Adapted from Eat Good 4 Life
The Baker Who Kerns http://thebakerwhokerns.com/

 

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23 thoughts on “Chocolate Açaí Peanut Butter Protein Bars

  1. Damn, Linda! These look amazing. For whatever reason I haven’t tried making many vegan sweets, let alone bars but this might change that for me. I’ve also been debating whether or not to invest in acai powder, but this post has totally justified that for me. Also, I want to make acai bowls damnit!

    Good to hear you had a lovely Easter holiday. It’s really refreshing to spend some time off social media. x

    1. Vegan desserts can be super intimidating! I only started getting making them a few months ago because of my upset tummy. Acai powder is definitely great to have on hand, I also put it in my smoothies all the time! And you really don’t need to have those pre-packaged smoothie packs to make an acai bowl! All you need a scoop of acai powder and you are good :). Hope you had a wonder Easter holiday Josie!

  2. Ooh yes, I know what you mean about the ‘bar’ phase! I entered that phase and have never left – it really is like a vacuum. These acai and chocolate bars look delicious. I still haven’t tried acai since, as you say, it’s pretty expensive, but I imagine a little goes a long way. I bought some matcha powder a few months ago thinking it was so pricey but it has lasted for ages and I haven’t been disappointed, so I’m guessing it would be the same situation here. I’m so glad to hear you had a lovely time in Florida for Easter. We stayed at home for the weekend and read, baked and ate! It was so relaxing and just really lovely to have some down time. And speaking of Downton Abbey, I picked up a copy of the first season the other day on DVD at a second hand store, and I can’t wait to get watching! 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend, Linda!

    1. Yesss it definitely does last a while which makes it worth the price. I bought my acai powder a while ago too and I feel like I have made a hundred smoothies since then! Well more like 20… but I still got quite a lot of acai powder left! I also found a season of Downton Abbey at a second hand store but half the dvds were missing! I ended up having to buy it from iTunes for a lot more money. I’m jealous! Happy you had a relazing Easter weekend Lisa!

    1. Haha! When I look at these too sometimes I also think they are a guilty and decadent dessert! Then I have to remember that I MADE them and I know the ingredients! Thanks Bethany!

  3. I’ve never heard of acai powder before. There are so many different kinds of protein powders these days I am always surprised. A local chef in my area has been using cricket protein powder recently….or maybe it’s some other bug. I do know that it’s a bug! These look like they would be the perfect bedtime snack without that sugar crash!

    1. Wow I knew there were a lot of protein powders out there but I had no idea there was cricket protein powder! I guess that is the future though, they say we will be eating bugs for protein in the future so this guy is pretty smart! Thanks Katy!

  4. Haha I am totally going through a bowl phase! I haven’t gone through a bar phase yet but reading this post and looking at this recipe is making me wonder why I haven’t. Acai and chocolate sound like a magical combination, and even better with peanut butter! <3

    1. I think I will forever be in a bowl phase! When I realized how expensive bars are store-bought and how easy they are to make, that’s when I got into a bar phase! I still eat my Clif bar every now and then but it’ s so satisfying when you make your own! Thanks Genevieve <3!

  5. I grew up eating fresh açaí, and although I still can’t get fully on board with the taste of the powdered version, I can so see how it would add an amazing depth to chocolate.

    1. Ooo growing up eating fresh acai sounds wonderful! When I lived in Brazil in my youth for just a few years I also had fresh acai and yes it is definitely not the same as the powdered version! It really tastes amazing when you put it in your smoothies though!

  6. Woah, that glossy chocolate drizzle is mesmerising! These look really good. I’ve only ever bought the frozen packs of acai for smoothies! I’m about to make some protein bars myself now and you have inspired me to add peanut butter O_O!

    1. I love that chocolate drizzle too! It’s just like ganache! I just use a scoop of acai powder in my smoothies instead of using frozen acai packs! So its great cause you can use it for multiple things! Thanks Hannah!

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