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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!)

    • Use discount code EatMoveRest for 20% off!

  • 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
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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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Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl: Fight Sugar Cravings & Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

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Be Sweet To Your Sweet Tooth

When you’re craving something sweet, that’s your body saying feed me sugar! We don’t have to feel guilty about that, we just have to feed it the right kind of sugar! Fruits in their natural, whole food state, or chock full of fiber, which helps to slow the effects of sugar in the bloodstream, and they’re also loaded with other nutrients that our bodies thrive off of! This sweet treat will hit the spot, without any refined sugar, dairy, or anything else inflammatory that traditional ice cream and desserts contain!

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Pleasing to the palate & a surprise for the eyes

The Original Juicy Fruit

This Bubblegum Bowl has two distinct features—it’s flavor and its color! Jack fruit is said to be where the classic Juicy Fruit bubblegum flavor originated from. Fact or fiction, this tropical fruit totally tastes like a mouthful of my chewy childhood favorite! Jack fruit is ripe with nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, and what makes it unique amongst the fruits is its higher than normal protein content, with 3g per cup! Fun fact: some vegetarians and vegans use jack fruit as a meat substitute, due to its texture, which is similar to that of shredded meat—think: pulled jack fruit sandwiches (it’s a real thing)!

Clean Fuel

The hubs and I have been making this 6-ingredient smoothie combo on repeat as of late, and it makes for the perfect pre-workout, post-workout, breakfast, or dessert—it’s amazing anytime of day! We always add a scoop of our long-time favorite, SunWarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend protein powder, because it helps to keep us fueled!

Be sure to use discount code EatMoveRest for 20% off on the SunWarrior website! >>>

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EatMoveRest.com | Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl | by Erin Stanczyk
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Think Pink

Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is known for its vibrant pink hue, and can transform any smoothie or dish from blah to beautiful. This fruit has a mild flavor and a texture similar to that of kiwi, due to its tiny, edible, crunchy black seeds inside. Thanks to its antioxidant flavonoids, dragon fruit has been linked to better brain health and a reduced risk for heart disease!

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Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl

This vibrant frozen treat is a delight to the eyes and pleasing to the palate, with its pop of flavor, reminiscent of that of Juicy Fruit bubblegum, thanks to our star ingredient, jack fruit! This tropical fruit is actually said to be the origin of the flavor of our favorite childhood bubblegum, and it’s a lot better for you! This blend will have you thinking pink and feeling fine!

raw vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free

time: 5min // serves: 2 // cal: 800

ingredients:

  • 4 ripe, freckled frozen bananas

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

  • 7 frozen jack fruit pods (can sub 1 cup frozen mango)

  • 1 frozen Pitaya Plus (dragon fruit) pack (can sub 1 small chunk of raw beet or pitaya, or beet powder)

  • 1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend (use discount code EatMoveRest for 20% off!)

  • Splash of water (or liquid of choice)

method:

  1. Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth!

  2. Top with fruit, nuts, and/or seeds of choice and enjoy with a friend or all to yourself!

note:

  • Before blending, you may want to allow your frozen ingredients to thaw for 5-10 minutes or add extra liquid, depending on the quality/speed of your blender.

  • Try this blend with less liquid for a bowl full of “nice cream,” or more liquid for a smoothie on-the-go!

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Treat Yourself

Don’t forget to treat yourself in other ways besides just what’s on your plate! Make it a goal for the next 30 days, to treat yourself in some way, small or large, everyday! I’m thinking…an at home spa bath one night, a 5-minute morning meditation one day, and maybe a dressy date night…you get the idea! Make a list and start checking it off—ready, set, GO!

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Erin

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