I LOVE SUGAR! I think about it day and night. I want Donuts for breakfast, Nutella/Fluff Croissant for lunch, licorice for an afternoon snack and Cupcakes for dessert after dinner. Doesn’t that sound wonderful! The problem is my energy levels are ALL OVER THE PLACE, not to mention the havoc it probably wreaking on my body.
Over the past few months, I have been trying out a multitude of replacement recipes to satisfy my cravings. Last week I was craving brownies with peanut butter frosting so I created a recipe for Chocolate Protein Bars with a Peanut Butter Swirl using a body building protein bar recipe as a guide. I am so happy with them that I thought I would share it on this blog.
Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Protein Bars
- 3/4 C Stevia or Xylitol
- 4 oz Apple Sauce
- 1/2 teas salt
- 1 teas Baking Soda
- 1 teas Baking Powder
- 2 teas Vanilla
- 4 Egg Whites
- 1 Cup Oat Flour
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- 2 Scoops unflavored Protein Powder
- 1/2 C Almond Milk
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter Filling
- 1/2 cup Natural Unsweetened Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk (depending on desired consistency)
- 1/4 cup Stevia or Xylitol
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine all chocolate batter ingredients together and beat on Medium until fully mixed. Stir in Chocolate Chips. Pour into 9 x 13 baking pan. In a small bowl, combine Peanut Butter and Stevia. Add Almond milk a little at a time until you reach a creamy texture. Using a large spoon dollop the peanut butter mixture onto the chocolate mixture, then use a butter knife to swirl it throughout. DO NOT over mix the peanut butter mixture into the chocolate batter. Bake for 30 Minutes. When fork or toothpick comes out clean, the bars are done. Let cool for 5 minutes then cut and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers. These bars can also be frozen individually and taken out as needed for your chocolate craving needs.
Makes 24 bars. 2 bars per serving at 150 calories.
If you have kids in the house I highly recommend my Banana/Coconut Protein Bars. I will post it soon or you can message me for a copy of the recipe.