Protein was never something I really thought about much, let alone if I was getting enough. As I eat fish and eggs, I just assumed that my body had what it needed. It was only when I started following a workout plan that I looked at increasing my protein intake as a friend suggested and I instantly felt more energised and less hungry all the time. As I have started paying more attention to fuelling my workouts and recovering with protein and good carbs, I’ve begun to experiment with high protein recipes. When I visited New York I discovered Quest bars and really wanted to make something similar.
These chocolate chip peanut butter bars are a real afternoon treat and the perfect fuel for an intense gym session. They’re best kept in the fridge, wrapped individually in silver foil for a grab-and-go snack!
- ½ cup oats
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (I use meridian)
- 3 scoops protein powder of choice (I used a pure grass-fed whey protein)
- A good pinch of salt
- 50g dark chocolate, at least 70%
- Line a Loaf tin with cling film
- Blitz the dark chocolate in a food processor until it forms small chunks and set aside
- Place the oats in the food processor and blitz until they form a fine powder/flour
- Add all of the other ingredients except the chocolate and process until smooth
- Fold in the dark chocolate and press the mixture into the lined tin, spreading the top until even (you can use the back of a spoon dipped in boiling water if it is hard to spread)
- Set in the fridge for an hour and then cut into 6 individual bars