Sure, protein bars bought at the shops serve a purpose. They’re a quick, easy source of protein if you’re struggling to fit them in during meal times. Some of them don’t taste too bad either, not great by any stretch of the imagination, but not bad. The main problem with them is the price. For a single 21 gram bar you’re looking at around £2, more for one that’s actually enjoyable (Clif Builder’s get our vote for around £2.40 if you must buy one).
But why spend your hard-earned money on bars when you can make them yourself in just a few minutes? Cheaper, tastier and you know exactly what’s going into them. You can even modify the recipe. You can’t lose, well unless you have a nut allergy. Definitely don’t eat if you have a nut allergy.
- Three tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (smooth if you’re that way inclined)
- Two tablespoons of ground almonds
- Three tablespoons of chopped hazelnuts (two for the mix and one to sprinkle on later)
- 100g of protein (whatever flavour you have/fancy) for this we used vanilla USN Casein Night Time Protein
- A couple of splashes of almond milk (any milk will do)
- Two bars of chocolate (we used Bourneville but we’re by no means experts. Use a Curly Wurly if you want – knock yourself out)
How to make
1) Take a mixing bowl and tip in all of the ingredients apart from the chocolate. Massage it all together until it turns into a dough. If it’s too wet or sticky then tip in a little bit more whey protein and ground almonds.
2) When you’re happy with the consistency flatten it out onto a surface that’s lightly dusted with ground almond (yep, we just said that).
3) Take a knife and cut along the edges to make a rectangle or square shape, then cut rectangular bars across it. Knead the remaining cut-off dough and shape it into a bar as well.
4) Break up the chocolate and place it in a small glass or metallic bowl. Place the bowl in a saucepan containing about an inch of boiling water and let the chocolate melt.
5) When it’s melted take a spoon and pour enough over the individual bars to cover the top, spreading it out with the back of the spoon as you do. Be careful not to tip any on the surface as it’ll dry straight away. Nobody wants to waste perfectly good chocolate.
6) When you’ve covered each bar take a pinch of chopped hazelnuts and sprinkle them over the top, repeat until they’re all covered.
7) Finally, use a spatula and pick up each bar, placing them on a plate. Then stick them in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes.
8) Don’t eat them all at once.