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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!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

TREAT YOURSELF

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I'm sure we can all agree that temptations are running rampant around this time of the year between holiday parties and Grandma's baked goods. Treating yourself should be enjoyable, before, during, and after! Whenever I go to a holiday gathering, I don't show up empty-handed--instead, I use these festive times as an opportunity to take on a new challenge in the kitchen. I get the satisfaction of creating a new and delicious recipe, plus I don't have to worry about what to eat at the party! These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites are completely raw vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and they taste absolutely amazing!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Caramel Apple "Cheesecake" Bites

These bite-size delights are full of raw, whole-food goodness, and they make for the perfect holiday treat! Honeycrisp apples, cinnamon spice, and ooey-gooey caramel drizzle make for a festive combo, and cheesecake made with raw nuts makes for a healthy dairy alternative!

raw vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, cinnamon-spicey + delicious

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

crust ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup dried mulberries (or raisins)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 4 teaspoons water

method:

  1. Grind almonds in a food processor. 
  2. Add mulberries and ground flax and continue grinding.
  3. Add water and pulse to incorporate. Dough should hold together when molded and shaped, if not, add more water.
  4. Press crust into mini cupcake or tart pans, and place into freezer while making creamy, apple cheesecake filling.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

apple cheesecake filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced, peeled apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup raw, soaked cashews
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Spoon the apple cream into each of the tart crusts, and place back in the freezer to chill while making the caramel apple topping.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

caramel apple ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced small

method:

  1. Whip all ingredients together except the apple to make caramel sauce. 
  2. Fold in the apple until evenly coated and place on top of the cheesecake tarts to serve!

 

note:

  • To brighten up your cheesecake bites, try adding pomegranate arils to the top of each! 
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Feed Your Soul

EatMoveRest is all about finding balance between the three things we all do every day. To me, a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home, or nest, is essential to overall well-being. There's nothing I love more than to get creative with the placement of special pieces throughout our home, especially around the holidays, and I very much consider the process not work, but Rest for my soul.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

a white christmas

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Deck The Halls

We are Christmas elves, through and through! Dusty and I purchased our first home in the fall and moved in over Thanksgiving weekend, and immediately decked the halls for Christmas. We always feel that our humble abode is the most alive during the winter months, when we can embellish our surroundings with all of the decorations that made our house a home that very first year! 

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Have a sweet holiday

This holiday season, I pray that you all take the time to do whatever it is that gives your soul Rest--whether that be creating something with your hands, crafting a new recipe, going on an outdoor adventure, or simply spending more downtime by the fireside with loved ones. 

'Tis the season to practice self-love, self-care, and embody a spirit of Joy! 

I hope that all of you have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 

See you in 2018!

 

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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