Woah boy was I on a roll today! I was on a mission to make chocolate peanut butter protein bars and ended up with something that tastes seriously like rich, delicious brownies! I’ve been on such a peanut butter/chocolate kick recently it’s been hard to say no and stay on track with my competition diet.
Last week I went back to NYC for the week and to be honest, I really fell off track. I kept up my workouts for the most part and while I prepped my food for the day, there ended up being a lot more cheat-meal dinners, drinks and extra snacking (read: tons of chocolate and peanut butter with a spoon from the jar). I also knew however, that I’m still 7 weeks out which allowed me to rationalize that I still have time to get everything ready for competition but I really did overdo it. Alas, however, what’s past is past and I’m trucking forward on a mission from here on out!
I don’t want to feel deprived though because I know it will inevitably make me want to binge out again so I wanted to make something that would be decadent but wouldn’t put me off track (you know, as long as I can stick to the proper serving sizes!). I’m a fan of balance whenever possible. All or nothing is never a good thing- especially with one’s diet!
As these were baking in the oven I could smell the rich chocolate scent wafting around the kitchen and hoped that they tasted as good as they smelled. When I could finally eat one I was thrilled! Better than I expected so I hope you like them too!
The recipe makes 9 servings, each serving is approx:
Rich n’ Fudge-y Peanut Butter Protein Brownies! – Serves 9
1 Cup Plain Almond Milk
½ Cup Peanut Butter
½ tsp Cinnamon
1 TBSP Stevia Powder
2 TBSP Ground Flaxseed
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
2 Cups Puffed Wheat
½ Cup Cacao Nibs (I used unsweetened)
1/3 Dried Cranberries
¼ Cup Reduced Fat Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a saucepan combine almond milk, peanut butter, cinnamon, stevia, and flaxseed. Heat on Low-Medium and stir ingredients until everything is evenly combined and remove from heat. In a separate bowl mix protein powder, puffed wheat, cacao nibs, cranberries and shredded coconut. Fold in liquid mixture. Lightly spray a glass 8x8inch dish with nonstick spray and pour in batter. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
I hope this makes your day too!