May 5, 2013
Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars
Can you guess what’s underneath that amazing, thick veil of chocolate?
Fudgy bars made with rich-tasting and expensive-looking Salted Marcona Almond Butter plus a gooey layer of Homemade Caramel.
Is your stomach growling yet?? Mine sure is.
These sweet and decadent Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars don’t taste healthy at all, they taste like candy bars full of sugar. They actually taste like sin. Pure sin. This is THE perfect treat to have on hand for snacks, a breakfast on the go, or even dessert — it’s nutritionally balanced (with fiber, protein and zero refined sugar) so you will stay fuller for longer, unlike typical storebought candy bars. What’s not to love??
Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars (low sugar, gluten free, vegan)
For the Protein Bar Base:
- Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways and set aside.
- In a stand mixer with beater attachment, add the nut butter, almond milk and truvia/stevia. Mix on low.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein powder. Slowly add to the stand mixer, mix until incorporated.
- Fold the dough until you form a ball. Scoop the dough ball out of the bowl and press into the prepared brownie pan. Refrigerate uncovered 3-4 hours.
For the Caramel Option #1:
- Slice the bars into 12.
- Top each bar with a caramel and flatten. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
For the Caramel Option #2:
- Add the caramels to a small bowl and squish them with a spoon.
- Stir in the almond milk.
- Stir in the protein powder (it should have the texture of chewed bubble gum... sorry for the gross image I just put into your head)
- Spread on the protein bars. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then slice.
For the Chocolate Coating:
- In a double boiler, add the chocolate and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted.
- Dip the bars into the chocolate, drip off excess and let rest on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.
*I have made these bars plenty of times using different nut butters, but marcona almond butter just makes it seem more "millionaire-ish" and "expensive-tasting" ;) If using an UNsalted nut butter, add 1/4 tsp of salt to the recipe.
This recipe is: no bake, low sugar, high protein, gluten free, vegan!
You can pour the chocolate on top or dunk the bars into a bowl of melted chocolate. The second choice is easier but you just need a lot more chocolate to do that.
Caramel Filling Option #2
Caramel Filling Option #2
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