The Macrobalanced bar is my take on the Larabar. Larabars are great, but I wish it had more protein to help balance out the sugar! Here is my version with added protein from your favorite protein powder of choice.
Recipe (serves 10 bars)
-⅓ cup vanilla protein powder of choice (whey, egg white, or vegetarian) *I used Tera's Whey Bourbon Vanilla
-¼ cup organic chia seeds
-½ cup coconut flour
-½ cup oats or muesli
-1/4 cup chocolate covered cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips of choice
-5 pitted dates
-1 cup organic peanut butter
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
-In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients all together and mix well.
-In a separate bowl or in a good blender, pulse and mix the wet ingredients together. Add slowly a small amount of the dry ingredients and blend about 1/3 cup at a time. I like to use my hands (this can get messy), but you can also use a smooth spatula.
-Mix until fully combined and place on a cookie sheet.
-Top with about 1/4 cup cacao nibs or choice of chocolate. Press into the bars slightly.
*Note the nutrition facts does not include the chocolate.
-Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes.
-Top with some chocolate covered cacao nibs or plain cacao nibs.
Nutrition Facts: (per serving) 294 calories, 26 grams carb, 16 grams fat, 15 grams protein.
MACROBALANCED TIP: Just like I say when recommending Larabars, these are fairly carb and calorie dense so use them as a pre-workout snack or sustenance for long endurance activities. If you would like for a snack, make sure yo keep to a small piece or true to the portion size!
Looking for more peanut butter recipes? Check out Eat Right Mamma's post on why you should eat PB and even while still pregnant. Loads of healthy recipes in there highlighting the nut butte I love so much.