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"Where do you get your protein from though?" Err, vegan power peanut bars!


So you're a weight lifting, cross-fit loving, muscular Michael/Mary, but you've sacked off the eggs and baked chicken breast for the sake of humanity and now you're trying to figure out how to maintain those sweet AF gains. Well I've got a solution for you, so stop sitting in the dark panicking and crying into a pair of your old gym socks, I've done the hard work for you, delicious hard work — And at 16g of protein per bar, you'll be shouting "Do you even lift, bro?" at any given moment, now if that isn't some sort of incentive then I'm not sure what is. Anyway, here's how to make some super tasty, super delicious and super high protein, peanut power bars. You're welcome.

If like me, you gym on the regs, you're probably well equipped with your go-to protein sources for a powerful, rockstar workout. Whether it's a protein shake or kilos of chicken breast for lunch, you're usually going to want to fuel your well worked muscles to build that beach body you've always wanted.

What I like about these are the amount of energy they give you before you hit the gym. Porridge is my typical go-to pre-workout meal, however one of these bars will pack a carby punch, giving you a burst of energy for that perfect lift. So if you're looking for a pre-gym snack under the au naturel category, then why not give these a try? Trust me, they're proper delicious, I wouldn't lie to you.


TIME: 45 Minutes MAKES: 6


INGREDIENTS:


200g of oats

200g of peanuts, roughly chopped

100g of almonds, roughly chopped

100g of vegan friendly margarine

150g of demerara sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

25g of goji berries

25g of pomegranate seeds

50g of raisins

150g of clear honey

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Splash of almond milk

Pinch of salt


MAKE IT:


1.) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees


2.) In a saucepan, add the margarine and melt entirely, once melted, add the demerara sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract and mix until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.


3.) In a mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix together well, follow this process by adding the melted margarine mixture and mix well. Add the honey and a splash of almond milk, mix until everything is coated and the oat and peanut mixture becomes thick.


4.) Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and pour in the mixture into the baking tray, spreading evenly with a cake scraper flat up to all of the corners of the tray. With a spatula, press the mixture evenly to compress it, this will create a dense thick result after baking. Add to the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown colour.


5.) Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for an hour or until completely cooled. The mixture will still appear soft when you remove it from the oven but don’t be afraid that you’ve not cooked it for long enough, the mixture will solidify as it cools. Once cool, slice into bars and enjoy before any hard workout!


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