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Let’s be serious… Besides all the adorable workout clothes and exercises we have been seeing all over the internet, nothing really matters unless you are making the right choices when it comes to food. With the New Year I have certainly set some health and wellness goals from starting new fitness routines to jumpstarting 2016 with a Whole30 cleanse. You could say I fall into the whole “New Year New You” theme, but with each new year I am just trying to be better then years past.
With my cleanse ending in less than a week, its important I transition back into my regular foods but continue to eat as clean as possible. Recently, I was told about Jif Peanut Powder. I had heard about traditional Peanut Powder as a substitute for cooking and baking, but had no idea Jif™ had come out with their own. Upon further research I discovered that not only is it made from is made from just one ingredient, fresh roasted peanuts, but it has no added sugar or salt like competitors! Making it not only great for certain cleanses, but for everyday diets. Jif Peanut Powder gives your recipes that same nourishing protein as traditional peanut butter, but with 85% less fat. It’s the alternative way to add delicious peanut taste to smoothies, baking, breakfast and more, without the extra calories and sugar.
Now knowing this, it was certain that I had to try this tasty substitute in my favorite protein bars. Not only do I make these bad boys to curb my sweet tooth after a workout session, but they are a great way to indulge without the gilt. The best part is that they are not only easy to make, but will be ready by the time you get back from your workout!
What you will need to make these Protein Bars:
6 tbsp coconut flour (measured correctly)
3 tbsp Jif™ Peanut Powder
3 tbsp soy protein powder or vegan protein powder
* If you substitute a different plant-based protein powder, you may need to add more protein powder if the mixture is too wet OR more almond milk if the mixture is too dry.
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
9 tbsp unsweetened cashew or vanilla almond milk, room temperature
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
4 ½ tbsp truvia
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Line a 9×5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine the coconut flour, protein powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix the milk, vanilla, and coconut oil. Stir in the Stevia first and then add in the rest of the dry mixture, stirring until fully combined. Fold in 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips.
Pour the crumble mixture into the lined pan, and gently press it using a spatula. Drizzle melted dark chocolate over the top for an extra sweet touch! Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before slicing into bars. (Makes 6 Protein Bars)
Be sure to find out more about Jif Peanut Powder and pick up a package of your own at Walmart and start creating! What will you make?