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

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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!

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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

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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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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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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies & Dairy-Free Milk

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Here Comes Santa Claus

Santa is on his merry way, and he'll be looking for a tall glass of milk and a plate full of cookies when he comes down your chimney! I’m sharing with you a new, nutritious and delicious plant-based way to enjoy this timeless classic.

Not only are these chocolate chip cookies vegan, they're also oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free! And you guessed it—the milk is dairy-free, vegan, and full of healthy fats and proteins to keep you feeling your very best!

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EatMoveRest.com | Erin Stanczyk | Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies & Dairy-Free Milk
EatMoveRest.com | Erin Stanczyk | Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies & Dairy-Free Milk
EatMoveRest.com | Erin Stanczyk | Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies & Dairy-Free Milk

Santa’s Cookie-Baking Secret

Set aside a handful of chocolate chips to pop on top of your cookies after baking. Simply set your oven to Broil and place the cookie sheet back in the oven for about 30 seconds, and you’ve got the tastiest looking melted chocolate chip cookies on the block!

EatMoveRest.com | Erin Stanczyk | Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies & Dairy-Free Milk
EatMoveRest.com | Erin Stanczyk | Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies & Dairy-Free Milk

My New Favorite Kitchen Tool

I recently received an Almond Cow plant milk maker, and I haven’t gone back since! This appliance makes homemade, dairy-free milks so much easier and more effortless to whip up! No straining through a nut milk bag and struggling to clean it out, and it blends nuts, seeds, and dates so much better than my blender does!

Simply add your plant of choice + water + add-ins of your choice + press the button for instant homemade milk!

Almond Cow says it best: Milk made simple. No bells and whistles, just the perfect milk at the touch of a button!

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa’s new favorite cookies are sure to please his palate and his waistline! These super soft and chewy treats contain only the purest ingredients—applesauce and almond butter replaces the need for oil, and ground flaxseeds eliminate the need for eggs. Coconut sugar is far less refined than white sugar, and gluten-free oat flour is much more gut-friendly! Even the antioxidant-rich, dark chocolate chips are an upgrade!

vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, ooey, gooey, soft + chewy!

time: 20min // servings: 24

ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup applesauce

  • 1/3 cup almond butter

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring or extract

  • 1.5 cups oat flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips or carob chips

method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment.

  2. Combine applesauce, almond butter, coconut sugar, and ground flax in large mixing bowl. After mixed well, stir in vanilla flavoring.

  3. Add oat flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well.

  4. Stir in chocolate chips, saving a small amount to place directly on top of cookies.

  5. Place 1.5 tablespoon-size dough balls on baking sheets about 2 inches apart, and lightly press to flatten a bit. Pop in oven for 8-10 minutes (less time for softer cookies—I did 8 minutes for super chewy, gooey cookies)!

  6. Remove cookies from oven and let set on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack or plate.


Dairy-Free Hemp Milk

Almonds aren’t the only dairy-free milk-maker on the block. Hemp seeds are a fantastic alternative for those who suffer from nut allergies, and are also rich in healthy, ALA fatty acids. On top of that, hemp is a complete protein. This tiny seeds pack a powerful punch and a slightly “nutty” flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of dates and the aroma of vanilla bean!

vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, rich + frothy!

time: 5min // servings: 6

ingredients:

  • 1 cup hemp seeds

  • 4-5 cups water

  • 3 large or 6 small pitted dates (soaked in water first, if dry)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring or extract

  • dash of salt

method:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour through nut milk bag over large bowl, to eliminate any debris.

    -OR-

  2. Place hemp seeds, dates, and salt in Almond Cow container and secure.

  3. Fill pitcher with water to minimum fill line. Add vanilla flavoring to water, place lid on top, and press button to blend.

  4. Pour into glass jar, seal, and refrigerate. Use within 3 days.

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Merry + Bright

From our hearts to yours, Dusty and I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Bright New Year! We can’t wait to introduce Baby S to all of you as we embark on this new chapter in our journey!

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