It’s Peanut Butter Belly Time!
I’m in whey over my head here! This recipe tantalizes the taste buds and I can’t get enough of it’s chocolate and peanut buttery goodness. It’s super simple, like four ingredients simple. These no-bake protein bars will power you through any workout and are great for repairing your fatigued muscles after an exhausting session of trying to outpace the person on the cardio machine next to you. (Who runs 7.5 mph on an 11 degree incline anyway?!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 16 oz of peanut butter (preferably natural)
- 8 tbsp of honey (half a Pooh-bear in my case)
- 1 cup of oatmeal (not cooked)
- 6 scoops of chocolate flavored WHEY protein powder
- Pour the Pooh! Put the 8 tbsp of honey in a medium sized bowl with your 16 oz of peanut butter (which is the equivalent of a small jar like the one pictured)
- Put that bowl full of honey and peanut butter into the microwave for a minute, stopping it every 20 seconds to mix it up so you don’t burn the goods, or start the microwave on fire. Repeat if your ingredients are not smooth enough; they should be a medium, easy stir consistency
- Transfer your ingredients into a large bowl and add your six scoops of protein and 1 cup of oats. It’s best to have someone stir the mixture constantly while another person adds these two ingredients in slowly. If your dry ingredients clump up and are not blending well, add a splash of water to reach a thick, moldable batter
- The batter above is TOO crumbly and chunky! Add small splashes of water until…
- Voila! Pour that beautiful batter into a lightly greased 9×9 pan (thick and hefty bars) or 9×13 pan (skinny minnie bars) and press it down into a flat even layer that covers your entire pan- Sidenote: Yes, my hand model is hirable, look at that technique-
- Stick it in the freezer for an hour, take it out and cut it up, and you know what to do next. The rest is history, my friends
- In order for optimal protection, wrap your protein bars up in tin foil, store in a lock box, label the lock box with your name and a note saying that you have a hornets’ next inside the lock box and if anyone touches it…you will eat all of their groceries and blame it on the cat, put the lock box in the freezer, enjoy at will.
WARNING! These bars are intended for those who are highly active to use in preparation for exercise or recovery and to aid in healthy weight gain (they are very calorie dense, so eat in reasonable portions to your specific goals)
If you have an irresistible sweet tooth, make sure to check out Chocolate Covered Katie’s website for some delicious desserts that won’t destroy your diet.
What are some of your favorite healthy recipes or go-to recipe websites?