Whip up a batch before hitting the gym, and place in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick and easy post-workout snack or dessert that will help keep your body’s metabolism going strong.
Note that they do contain a slightly higher amount of sugar than many packaged bars, but that sugar is coming from the dates in a natural form. Still, if you’re watching your sugar intake, indulge in one after a workout when your metabolism is still revved, or save it for a dessert.
Nutrition (per bar)
Calories: 192; total fat: 5g; saturated fat: 1g; protein: 7g; carbohydrates: 32g; sugar: 19g; fiber: 5g; cholesterol: 0mg; sodium: 52mg
Recipe and photo by Jamie Vespa M.S., R.D., L.D.N. of Dishing Out Health.
Makes 12 servings
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- 7 Tbsp water
- 3 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
How to make it
In a food processor, blend the oats into a fine meal. Add the protein powder, dates, and peanut butter; blend for 30-45 seconds. Add the water in 2-3 tablespoon increments, pulsing until combined.
Transfer mixture to a bowl, and stir in chocolate chips.
Line an 8x8" (or 10x6") baking pan with parchment paper. Transfer ingredients to pan, and press down firmly with a spoon or spatula until it is in a smooth, compact, even layer.
Freeze for 20 minutes or refrigerate for 2 hours to set. Slice into 12 bars, and serve. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 10 days.