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.
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).
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!
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!
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tablespoons açaí powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Line a 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Instead of rolled oats you may use rice puffs or nuts and seeds of your choice!