Indulgent Caramel Protein Bars
Introducing a treat that blends the allure of caramel with the power of protein – our delectable Caramel Protein Bars.
Satisfying your cravings for sweetness while providing a substantial protein punch, these bars are the perfect companions for on-the-go energy or post-workout replenishment.
Embrace the fusion of flavours and the nourishing benefits these bars offer, giving you a delightful way to stay active and fuelled throughout your day.
For the Base:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup protein powder (vanilla or caramel flavour)
- 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Caramel Layer:
- 1 cup soft dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- A pinch of salt
For the Chocolate Drizzle:
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Introduction to Deliciousness: Prepare to create a wholesome indulgence that marries the rich taste of caramel with the nutritional boost of protein. These Caramel Protein Bars are the ideal companions for those moments when you crave a sweet treat that also supports your active lifestyle.
Prepare the Base: In a mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats and protein powder. Add almond butter or peanut butter, honey or brown rice syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly until the ingredients form a cohesive dough-like texture.
Press into Pan: Line a square baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal. Press the base mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan, creating an even layer. This forms the foundation for your protein bars.
Create the Caramel Layer: In a food processor, blend the soft dates, almond butter or peanut butter, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt until the mixture becomes a smooth caramel-like consistency.
Spread the Caramel: Spread the caramel mixture evenly over the oat and protein base in the baking pan. Use a spatula to ensure a smooth layer that covers the base entirely.
Chill: Place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the caramel layer to set for at least 1 hour.
Add the Chocolate Drizzle: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in 20-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel layer in an artistic pattern.
Final Chill: Return the pan to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate drizzle to set.
Slice and Enjoy: Once the layers have fully set, carefully lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper. Place them on a cutting board and slice into bars of your preferred size.
Savour the Goodness: With a sense of anticipation, take your first bite into these indulgent Caramel Protein Bars. Feel the satisfying combination of textures and flavours, and revel in the fact that you're treating yourself to a snack that combines taste with nourishment.
Whether you're craving a pre-workout boost, a midday pick-me-up, or a post-workout refuel, these Caramel Protein Bars offer a delightful solution. Let them be a reminder that even indulgence can align with your wellness goals, and that treating yourself can be a deliciously rewarding experience.