Peppermint BarK Protein Bars

My version of “on the go” during quarantine is from my room to the fridge to get these Peppermint Bark Granola Bars LOL. Made these this morning and I’m pretty excited about them, so I am throwing them up on the blog so that you can make them ASAP!

Anyways, I made these this morning at 6am because I had this “Aha” moment last night where I thought of this recipe. It’s safe to say that they came out amazing. They are so THICK, almost like a chocolate bread? But they have that protein bar chewiness to them… unreal.

They are made with ingredients that you definitely already have on hand and save you $$$ because protein bars are expensiveeeeee!

Ingredients:

Base: 3/4 cup of plant based protein powder (I used chocolate @nuzest_usa), 1/4 flaxseed meal, 3 tbs cacao powder, 1/2 cup almond butter, 3 tbs maple syrup, 1 tbs melted coconut oil, 1/8 tbs mint extract, & a little water to help it mix better IF the dough is too dry! Topping: 2 tbs dark chocolate chips, 1/2 tbs coconut oil, 1/8 tsp pure mint extract & crushed peppermint.

Instructions:

Line a bread pan with parchment paper, letting hang over sides and set aside. In a large bowl, combine protein powder, flaxseed meal or almond meal and cacao powder. Stir until well mixed. Add almond butter, melted coconut oil, and peppermint extract. Stir gently until well combined. Begin adding one tablespoon of water at a time, until mixture forms into slightly crumbled dough texture. Dough should be moist, but slightly crumbly. Use your hands if necessary to make sure everything is well mixed at the end. Press mixture into prepared pan with slightly wet hands. Flatten as much as you can. (I used the overhang of parchment paper to press and get really flat.) Melt the chocolate: in a small microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together on half power, about 20-30 seconds, in increments as needed, until chocolate is completely melted, then add in peppermint extract and stir again. Pour melted chocolate & sprinkle crushed peppermint over bars and place in freezer for 30 minutes, or refrigerator for at least 1 hour to set. Lift parchment paper from pan and cut into bars!! YUM.

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