Pre-Workout Chocolate Coated Protein Bar | Vegan + Flourless + Gluten-Free


Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe

Valentine’s day is almost round the corner. Not that I actually look forward to it or do anything special, I don’t actually do anything on Valentine’s day. But at least, I think the day isn’t complete without a little chocolate treat! According to recent studies*, dark chocolate, or more so the flavanols present in chocolate, are actually very beneficial for the body as a pre-workout snack. These flavanols reduce muscle fatigue by 30% and increase performance by 50%. But don’t go eat a whole block, only a little amount (about 5g) is recommended before exercise.

I am a serious chocolate lover and I only buy dark chocolate. I’ve never actually paid much attention in having a little bit of chocolate before exercise. But if this can improve my exercise performance, then I’m in! And a pre-workout protein bar is something that Boyfriendlovlie has been requesting for a long time to assist with his training.

Although I made this as a pre-workout protein bar, it was so good that I actually had it anytime I wanted a sweet healthier snack. Boyfriendlovlie absolutely loved it too! When I make little sweet snacks, he usually doesn’t remember that they are there to be eaten (until I remind him) but for these ones, he came looking for them by himself! They definitely appealed to him!

Make sure you use dark chocolate that is above 70% as lower than this contains too much sugar and is not as effective.
Here’s a little treat that will appeal to young and old alike. A chocolate covered protein bar that kids can enjoy and adults can fill up on for a protein-rich snack.

Pre-Workout Chocolate Coated Protein Bar

Ingredients (approx. 12 bars)
2 1/4 cup mixed red kidney beans and chickpeas
150ml pear puree (apple sauce is fine too, I use 1 1/2 ripe pears, peeled)
6 medjool dates
1 tablespoon coconut milk (thick consistency)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

200g Semi-sweet dark chocolate for coating (use dark chocolate about 70%)

  • Soak the dates in some hot water for about 10 minutes or until soft enough to blend to a smooth paste.
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees Farenheit (or 180 degrees Celsius).
  • Mash the beans to a paste, I used a hand blender which left a few small chunks in. It is fine to use a blender too but pulse to break into small chunks first.
  • Remove dates from water, remove pits, chop into small pieces and add to the blender.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until all ingredients are well mixed.
  • Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a rectangular oven dish. Pour mixture in the dish and smooth out evenly.
  • Bake for one and a half hours or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool completely.
  • Lift parchment paper and remove from pan. Leave cake onto the parchment paper and cut into logs or squares, whichever shape you like.

Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe

For chocolate coating:

  • Melt about 150g chocolate in a double boiler. You can make your own by using a smaller pan inside a larger one. Fill the larger one with enough water so the smaller pan floats. Place chocolate in smaller pan and heat the water until it melts.

Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe

  • Coat each log on the three sides.

Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe

  • Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile you can melt the remaining 50g of chocolate.
  • Remove and turn the uncoated side up. Coat with a layer of chocolate.
  • Put back in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then remove and store in the fridge.

Pre-Workout Chocolate Coated Protein Bar | Vegan + Flourless + Gluten-Free
 
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A flourless gluten-free vegan pre-workout bar with a luscious dark chocolate coating.
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Recipe type: Snack Bar
Yield: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cup mixed red kidney beans and chickpeas
  • 150ml pear puree (apple sauce is fine too, I use 1½ ripe pears, peeled)
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk (thick consistency)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 200g Semi-sweet dark chocolate for coating (use dark chocolate about 70%)
Instructions
  1. Soak the dates in some hot water for about 10 minutes or until soft enough to blend to a smooth paste.
  2. Preheat oven at 350 degrees Farenheit (or 180 degrees Celsius).
  3. Mash the beans to a paste, I used a hand blender which left a few small chunks in. It is fine to use a blender too but pulse to break into small chunks first.
  4. Remove dates from water, remove pits, chop into small pieces and add to the blender.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until all ingredients are well mixed.
  6. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a rectangular oven dish. Pour mixture in the dish and smooth out evenly.
  7. Bake for one and a half hours or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Leave to cool completely.
  9. Lift parchment paper and remove from pan. Leave cake onto the parchment paper and cut into logs or squares, whichever shape you like.
  10. Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe
For chocolate coating:
  1. Melt about 150g chocolate in a double boiler. You can make your own by using a smaller pan inside a larger one. Fill the larger one with enough water so the smaller pan floats. Place chocolate in smaller pan and heat the water until it melts.
  2. Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe
  3. Coat each log on the three sides.
  4. Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe
  5. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile you can melt the remaining 50g of chocolate.
  7. Remove and turn the uncoated side up. Coat with a layer of chocolate.
  8. Put back in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then remove and store in the fridge.

Vegan Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe

Nutrition Facts per bar:

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size

11 serving (57.6 g)
Amount Per Serving

Calories

116116

Calories from Fat

88
% Daily Value*

Total Fat

0.9g0.9
1%1

Saturated Fat

0.5g0.5
3%3

Cholesterol

0mg0
0%0

Sodium

6mg6
0%0

Total Carbohydrates

24.9g24.9
8%8

Dietary Fiber

3.6g3.6
14%14

Sugars

16.2g16.2

Protein

3.3g3.3
Vitamin A 0%0 Vitamin C 1%1
Calcium 3%3 Iron 6%6
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

*Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21788351

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3 Comments

  • blessedmama
    February 11, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Holy Moly, those look gooood! Love those for a pre-workout snack!

  • Rooted Vegan
    February 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I am pretty excited to try these out. Always looking for a pre-workout snack that isn’t a banana.

  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    wow that’s looks awesome !

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