A few times now, I've been asked if I could create recipes that are nut-free.
For those of you who read our blog often, you'll know that I am a nut butter addict. If I go half a day without touching the stuff, then miracles have occurred.
Anyway, never one to let you ladies (and guys) down, I set to creating a nut-free recipe that I was really and truly happy with. One which even a nut butter queen like myself could adore and fall head over heels in love with.
These Vegan Chocolate Fudge Brownie Protein Bars are the result of my nut-free experiment. And, wow, are they good! In fact, they are seriously good.
Made with black beans (never experimented with black beans before? Check out my incredible gluten-free black bean brownies here!) chocoholics will adore these homemade protein bars as they deliver an incredibly intense, chocolatey hit. They're rich, satisfying and insanely delicious - and I promise no one could ever know that they were made with the humble, high-fibre, high-protein black bean.
What are your favourite nut-free recipes?
VEGAN CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIE PROTEIN BARS
(Makes 5 full-size bars)
1/2 can drained black beans
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1/2 cup Sukrin Gold (or use coconut sugar)
1/2 cup Creative Nature cacao
1/3 cup Sukrin coconut flour (or use ground almonds if you're OK with these)
1 tsp vanilla extract or Capella's chocolate fudge brownie drops
100g 85% dark chocolate
1 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
1) In a high-powered blender, blitz together the beans, whey protein, sugar, cacao, coconut flour and vanilla until smooth. Give it a taste to see if it's sweet enough, and add a touch more sweetener if not.
2) Shape the mixture into protein bars (if it's a little sticky still, add a touch more coconut flour. Too dry and add some honey or melted coconut oil), then place in the fridge for a few hours to firm up.
3) Once the bars are set, gently melt together the dark chocolate with the coconut oil. Coat each of your bars, then leave to set once more before indulging and enjoying!