You probably know this from reading my blog and following my recipes but, if you don't let, me tell you: I'm a little crazy... crazy about (delicious and healthy) food! And it's a family thing, this love of all things cooking. My dad, in particular, is a fiend and this doesn't go unnoticed.
But what makes it fun in our case too is that we're equally passionate about exercise and nutrition. It was my dad, in fact, that got me hooked on strength training and we always accompany our food-chat with updates on our most recent exercise routines and accomplishments ("Dad! I got a deadlift PR!" or "yesterday I rowed another marathon!" or "I was doing pullups at home and the bar fell out with me on it, hahaha!") We also talk one hell of a lot about fast and short-twitch muscle fibers, it's my dad's favorite topic for some reason, hehehe.
OK... So, this recipe turned out AMAZING!!! WAAAAA!!!!! And it's absolutely unreal because that chocolate topping you see right there is nothing more than 100% cocoa powder + protein powder + almond milk + a tiny bit of date syrup. It's totally low-fat, grain-gree, dairy-free, and vegan too! (the top is). But let me just give you the recipe before I break into song :-D Oh, oh, oh! and don't forget to read the notes at the end too! Because they contain useful stuff, etc.
3/4 cup of liquid egg whites
1/2 cup of goji berries
1/2 cup of vanilla pea protein powder (see notes at the end)
1/2 cup of carton coconut milk
3 tbsp of coconut flour
Ingredients - for the top
1/4 cup of carton coconut milk
1/4 cup of 100% cocoa powder
2 tbsp of date syrup (see notes)
1/4 cup of chocolate pea protein powder
The directions would honestly NOT be any simpler, all you need to do is this:
Step 1: Blend all the ingredients for the base together until you form a batter (let's call this the 'base-batter').
Step 2: In a separate bowl, blend all the ingredients for the top (to form the 'top-batter').
Step 3: Flatten the base-batter on a small brownie pan and then flatten the top-batter on top. Use a knife, spatula, or plain old spoon for this.
Step 4: Bake the whole thing at 160 C (320 F) until it cooks. So, about 35 minutes or until, when you stab it with a knife, your knife comes out clean.
Step 5: Slice the whole thing into bars and MUUUUUUNCH!!!!!
If you have questions about protein powder substitutions, please turn to my Protein Powder Substitution Chart here.
I used this brand for my vanilla and chocolate pea protein powders. It's a US brand and you can get it here.
If you, however, you can't access it and/or if you want to use unflavored pea protein powders all the way instead, go for it - use unflavored powders. This is what I'd use myself, (from BulkPowders here in the UK) and I'd then just add some vanilla essence (for the vanilla bottom) and cocoa powder (for the chocolate top). The bars won't be AS sweet but they'll still be super yummy :-)
If you don't like goji berries and/or can't find them, you can use some dates instead of the gojis or some dried-up blueberries!
If you don't like or can't find it date syrup anywhere, just substitute it with your sweetener of choice (or some agave syrup!)
Per bar (out of the five you get from the mix above): 207.84kcals, 24.2g protein, 14.16g carbs (out of which 3.84g is fiber!!!!!!!!), 4.9g fat.
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