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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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Cauliflower Power Salad

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CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES FOR THE WIN

We all know that eating more veggies is always a good idea, but cruciferous veggies are of particular importance to our health, due to a phytochemical known as sulforaphane that is activated when we chop and/or chew them.

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Here's a list of the numerous benefits:

  • Cancer-fighting
  • Wards off depression and anxiety
  • Improves cardiovascular function
  • Reduces inflammation & aids in pain management
  • Stabilizes blood sugar & lowers diabetes risk
  • Helps cognitive function & brain health
  • Click here for more studies!
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Get to know your cruciferous veggies at the grocery store:

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  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collard Greens
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • ...and the list goes on!

While each cruciferous vegetable contains its own unique vitamins and minerals, in general, this sub-group is high in Vitamins A, C, K, and fiber!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | CAULIFLOWER POWER SALAD
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | CAULIFLOWER POWER SALAD
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | CAULIFLOWER POWER SALAD

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Cauliflower Power Salad

This Asian-inspired salad is full of color and life! There is no cooking involved in this dish, and in minutes, you'll have a bowl full of cruciferous goodness to feed a crowd! This recipe goes great on a bed of greens, bundled up in a wrap, or all by itself!

vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, low-fat, protein-packed + rainbow-licious

time: 15 min // serves: a crowd

ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 mediums carrots
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons liquid aminos

method:

  1. Break cauliflower into individual florets and pulse in food processor until rice-like consistency is achieved. Be care not to over-process or it will become too watery. Pour into large mixing bowl.
  2. Break broccoli into individual florets and pulse in food processor until a consistency similar to the cauliflower is achieved. Pour into mixing bowl along with cauliflower.
  3. Shred carrots using the food processor "shredding" blade attachment. You can also use a carrot peeler, instead. Pour into mixing bowl along with other ingredients.
  4. Thinly slice red cabbage with a sharp knife or a mandolin. Add to mixing bowl.
  5. Allow shelled edamame to thaw, or place in a strainer and run under hot water until thawed. (Note, do not consume raw soy. All frozen soy is blanched, so it is safe to eat as is). Add to mixing bowl.
  6. Measure out liquid aminos, starting with less, and adding more to taste. Pour over veggies in mixing bowl and mix with hands until evenly coated and dispersed. Enjoy!

notes:

  • This salad is best eaten right after prepared, but will keep in the refrigerator for a day or two.
  • To make this salad soy-free, try using thawed lima beans instead of edamame, and coconut aminos instead of liquid aminos!
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Watch as I chop up this fresh, CauliPower Salad on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel! Be sure to Subscribe, turn Notifications On, give it a Thumbs Up, leave some love in the Comments, & Share with friends & family!


Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | CAULIFLOWER POWER SALAD
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Raw foods are full of living and active enzymes, and this salad is no exception! Cruciferous veggies will do your body good, so make sure to get them into your diet on the daily! Be sure to share your version of this recipe on Instagram and use the hashtag #EatMoveRest and tag me @ErinStanczyk so I can check it out! 

Until next time, EatMoveRest Your Best!

DESIGNED FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE,

ERIN

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