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Chocolate Protein Candy

As an avid chocoholic, noticing how many artificial and harmful ingredients are in conventional chocolate bars, I am forever on the quest to find the best tasting and the best quality chocolate bars. On this mission, I find that either I may not be completely thrilled with the variety of these chocolates or not completely satisfied with taste or ingredients, I just thought, why not make your own? And so I did!

protein chocolate bark

From my own experiences working at an organic vegan spot and learning from other health foodies, I adapted ways to create my own chocolate bars or rather, chocolate bark from scratch. It’s actually a relatively simple process with endless ways to create your own personal chocolate bark based on your taste buds. Ranging from dipping fresh fruit to adding dried fruit, nuts, seeds and even protein powders! Whatever your heart desires.

The recipe I decided to make includes protein powder because our friend protein actually helps us reach satiety. Even more so, combining high quality protein with high quality fats such as coconut oil and sunflower seed butter creates the perfect balance of pure satisfaction. Remember, fats + protein = the key to stopping endless hunger.

That’s right folks! Fat doesn’t just fill us up; it also allows our body to adapt to using fat as energy instead of sugar, which in turn, gives us longer lasting energy! Now who doesn’t want that? You just got to remember one thing, not all fats are created equal! We want to aim for good, clean, natural sources of fat. Not those highly processed and hydrogenated fats that can wreak havoc on our system, like those nasty partially hydrogenated fats AKA “trans fatty acids” found mainly in packaged and processed junk food, fried foods and yes even chocolate bars! We want to choose fats like coconut oil, olive oil, butter, nuts and seeds. Quality ingredients!

choco bark ingredients

Another ingredient to take notice of is fiber. While fiber is great to also fill us up and help keep our digestive systems healthy, we want to be careful of how it will affect the chocolate bark’s texture, especially when adding protein powders with too much fiber. So rule of thumb is the more fiber a protein powder has, the grittier the taste. And we all know chocolate bars should not taste gritty! So look at the label and choose a protein powder with low to no fiber.

The one I am choosing is Tera’s Whey Organic Grass Fed Protein with only 1 gram of fiber per scoop. Normally, whey based protein powders won’t give a gritty feel but if you’re like me and like to switch from whey to plant based protein, you will notice a huge difference. So choose wisely! A great plant based protein is Plnt Protein Powder with only 1 gram of protein per serving. Doing it this way, will give you an end product that is smooth and silky, just what we expect with chocolate.

So here it is!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Fiber Free Protein Powder of your choice. I used Tera’s Whey Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower butter
  • 4 drops alcohol-free stevia
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds for added crunch (optional)
  • Sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix coconut oil and protein powder, seed butter and stevia. Whisk to combine.
  2. Pour into a 13 x 9 glass pan (no need to line the pan) and top with a sprinkle of chia seeds (and sea salt, optional). If you want to make this recipe easier to handle, you can use a silicon mold.
  3. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to allow it to harden.
  4. Once hardened, break into pieces using a knife and enjoy! Serving size = about 2 pieces.
  5. To store, place in an air-tight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Do note that using coconut oil will not create a super hard bark. To have a more solid bark, use Cacao butter instead of the coconut oil! Still a great source of fat (I just didn’t have any available). What’s cacao butter you ask? Well it’s the fat from chocolate, naturally of course and if you’re going to give it a try, look for “cacao” and not “cocoa.”

Enjoy!sdf

Chocolate Protein Candy

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Category: Recipes

Servings: TDB

Chocolate Protein Candy

Serving size = about 2 pieces. To store, place in an air-tight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Fiber Free Protein Powder. I used Tera’s Whey Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower butter
  • 4 drops alcohol-free stevia
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds for added crunch (optional)
  • Sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix coconut oil and protein powder, seed butter and stevia. Whisk to combine.
  2. Pour into a 13 x 9 glass pan (no need to line the pan) and top with a sprinkle of chia seeds (and sea salt, optional). If you want to make this recipe easier to handle, you can use a silicon mold.
  3. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to allow it to harden.
  4. Once hardened, break into pieces using a knife and enjoy!
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The recipe I decided to make includes protein powder because our friend protein actually helps us reach satiety.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  3. 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  4. ¼ cup Fiber Free Protein Powder. I used Tera’s Whey Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
  5. 2 tablespoons sunflower butter
  6. 4 drops alcohol-free stevia
  7. Sprinkle of chia seeds for added crunch (optional)
  8. Sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix coconut oil and protein powder, seed butter and stevia. Whisk to combine.
  2. Pour into a 13 x 9 glass pan (no need to line the pan) and top with a sprinkle of chia seeds (and sea salt, optional). If you want to make this recipe easier to handle, you can use a silicon mold.
  3. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to allow it to harden.
  4. Once hardened, break into pieces using a knife and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Serving size = about 2 pieces.
  2. To store, place in an air-tight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Registered dietitian-nutritionist, certified fitness trainer, researcher, natural born leader and energetically passionate motivator. Emphasizing a natural, 'whole-istic' approach to health as this is the key to a balance of the body, mind and soul.

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