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Chocolatey Peanut Butter Protein Bars | No-Bake & Zero-Waste

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

On-The-Go, In The Gym, After Din

This year, Dusty and I have committed ourselves to working hard on making gains in the gym, and we constantly get asked where we get our protein on a plant-based lifestyle. Simply put, all foods contain protein, and if you’re eating enough calories, you’re getting enough protein. We don’t count calories, macros, or grams of protein, but we do need extra fuel for our highly active and on-the-go lifestyle…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

Enter—the easiest, no-bake, homemade, gluten-free, vegan protein energy bar—that’s a mouthful, (and so is this tasty treat)! This fast fuel recipe is quick, simple, inexpensive, and tastes like your very own Clif Bar, without the added artificial flavors and other no-so-friendly ingredients.

After dinner, I’m always craving something a little sweet, and these puppies double as the perfect dessert!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

Arm Yourself With Weapons Of Mass Nutrition

Most protein and energy bars in stores are overpriced and over-processed. Artificial sweeteners and other mysterious ingredients can be a burden on our bodies, and over time, create symptoms like leaky gut, indigestion, and even cause us to hang onto excess weight. Remember: If you can’t read it, don’t eat it!

Not only that, individually packaged bars create excess waste that our landfills simply don’t need. Going zero-waste is near impossible, but recipes like this make it easier to lean in that direction, and do a little good for our bodies and the planet!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

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Chocolatey Peanut Butter Protein Bars

The combination of protein plus healthy fats from whole food sources combines to make a deliciously simple energy bar that will keep you fueled on-the-go, in the gym, and as a sweet, post-dinner treat. Not only are they unprocessed, these bars are also zero-waste and super-duper kid-friendly!

vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, zero-waste, high protein, healthy fats

time: 10min + freeze time // makes: 8-12 bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

ingredients:

  • 1 cup soaked pitted dates

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter)

  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut

  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

  • 1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend (optional, but delicious!)

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  • 3/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate bar or chips

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

steps:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a food processor (including a splash of the date water) and pulse until well-combined.

  2. When well-combined, turn food processor on and let run for about a minute. Eventually a ball will form—this is good!

  3. Once all ingredients are soft and shapeable, spread and press into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

  4. Meanwhile, melt dark chocolate bar or chips in a small pan on the stovetop on low heat, being careful not to burn the chocolate.

  5. Drizzle or spread thin layer of chocolate on top of bars and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.

  6. Take out of freezer and slice into desired sizes with chef’s knife.

  7. Keep in refrigerator and enjoy within 5-7 days, or longer in the freezer!

note:

  • Make sure bars are solid before removing from freezer and cutting. If too soft, chocolate will crack.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

If you’ve got kiddos, they’re gonna love getting messy making these delicious sweet treats. The more you can involve your littles in the grocery shopping, garden planting, and food making experience, the more likely they’ll be to opt for healthy choices that’ll keep ‘em happy! Lead by example and show them just how delicious and fun plant foods can be!

If you want to see more of our favorite healthy vegan snacks, high protein treats, and kid-friendly goodies, let me know in the comments!

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Erin

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"Love Pink" Tropical Dragon Fruit Smoothie

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE

Think Pink

Growing up I was never a pink girl. I was always playing football with my brother and his friends, sitting on the edge of the dock fishing, climbing trees, building forts, and getting my knees dirty. My idea of playing Barbies was dressing my black cat (and best friend), Milo, up in doll clothes and pushing him around in my Barbie minivan that otherwise didn't get used.

Flashing forward, I will say that I'm still somewhat of a tomboy, but I do have my refined side, too! There are a couple of pink items in my closet and I love doing my hair and getting all dolled up from time-to-time (blog post photos included)! Pink isn't just for girls, though...

this bold, bright smoothie recipe will convert anyone to love pink, and it will have you glowing from the inside out!


Be Bold, Like Dragon Fruit

Pitaya, more commonly known as dragon fruit, is one of the most vibrant smoothie ingredients you'll ever use--it's magic! 

Aside from it's raw beauty, dragon fruit is ripe with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants:

  • Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, combats aging, and promotes glowing skin

  • Iron carries oxygen throughout the body

  • Magnesium optimizes nerve and muscle function

  • Fiber improves digestion and cholesterol and blood pressures levels

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (in the seeds) boosts brain function and heart health

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)

Pitaya actually grows on a variety of cactus, and has a mildly sweet flavor, with crunchy, black seeds on the inside, similar to a kiwi. The flesh inside comes in a white and pink variety, and you'll want to use the latter to achieve this glowing, magenta hue. 

I rarely come across fresh dragon fruit in the supermarkets, but if I do, it's typically in the winter and early spring. A few months ago, however, I discovered a company called PitayaPlus, that sells frozen, raw, organic pink dragon fruit packs (similar to frozen açaí). Game changer! *Note: This is not a paid advertisement, I'm just sharing the love! ;)


Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
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'Love Pink' Tropical Dragon Fruit Smoothie

raw, vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, sassy and sweet!

This bold, bright fruit smoothie looks beautiful and tastes divine! The hot pink power-player here is pitaya, more commonly known as dragon fruit. Pitaya is ripe with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, such as heart healthy omega-3s found in the seeds, to immune-boosting, skin-glowing, anti-aging vitamin C found in the flesh. This raw vegan and gluten-free delight checks all of the boxes--sip for breakfast or pre- and post-workout! 

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE

ingredients (serves 2)

  • 4-5 frozen bananas

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

  • 1/2 to 1 scoop organic raw vanilla protein powder

  • 1 frozen or fresh pink pitaya (dragon fruit)

  • water from 1 young Thai coconut (or 1.5 to 2 cups from a bottle/carton)

  • optional coconut meat (for added healthy fat)

method

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Pour into two medium, (or one great big) glass, cheers, and enjoy!

my favorite products:

  • Vanilla flavor + Protein: My favorite organic, raw vegan vanilla protein powder is SunWarrior! Use discount code: EatMoveRest for 20% off of any product! A great flavor substitution would be a dash of vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder.

  • Coconut water: If you do happen to find a young Thai coconut, I'd highly recommend getting a CocoJack to easily open it! Use the link and/or discount code: EATMOVEREST for 10% off of any purchase!

  • Dragon fruit: The frozen organic, raw pitaya (dragon fruit) that I get is PitayaPlus. If you can't get your hands on fresh or frozen dragon fruit, a quarter-inch slice of a red beet will do the trick for color purposes!

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Pitaya Bowl

Here's a fun variation I like to make when I'm not on-the-go! Make the same smoothie with half the amount of liquid to achieve a thicker consistency, pour into a bowl, and top with your favorite fruit!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | "LOVE PINK" TROPICAL DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE

New Horizons

The hubs and I literally spent the last couple of years talking about the what-ifs of entering the YouTube world and then we finally thought, what the hay! This EatMoveRest stuff is our passion, and we want to bring as many friends, family, and followers along for the ride as possible! We're looking forward to brings you an abundance of delicious recipes, as well as workouts, rest & relaxation tools, and life & style advice!

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Erin

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