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Chocolate Protein Bars

Never under-estimate the nutritive power of chocolate!  Chocolate is loaded with vitamins and only has about as much fat as 2% milk.  It’s the other ingredients added to chocolate to make chocolate bars that are responsible for most of the fat.  When you make your own energy bars, you can eliminate those high-fat ingredients and create a handy snack that gives you the protein and slow-burning carbs that allow you to be productive . . .

This recipe can easily be made in a large food processor without the use of a stand mixer. The most important thing is to produce a very fine grind that will hold together well. You may wish to try our Golden Energy Bars!

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup wheat germ

½ cup peanuts

1 ½ cups raisins

¼ cup skim milk powder

¼ cup chocolate soy protein powder

1/3 cup canola oil

1/3 cup chocolate syrup

2 eggs

½ tsp sea salt

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Preheat oven to 350° F with a large pan of water on the bottom rack.

In a small food processor, grind oats with raisins until fine.  Grind peanuts, then add and grind milk powder, wheat germ, and flour.

In a stand mixer bowl, beat eggs.  Add the oil and syrup and mix well.  Then add the ground ingredients and salt.  Mix until the ingredients come together in a dense paste.

Line an 8”x11” baking pan with parchment paper and lightly oil the paper.  Press the thick paste evenly into the pan using a smooth flat utensil.  (I’ve used a Tupperware hamburger press that sticks less than glass or metal.)  If your dough seems too sticky to work with, chill it for an hour first.
Chocolate Energy Bars
Place pan on middle rack and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack; use edges of parchment to remove bars from pan.  Trim edges if desired, and cut into 12 bars.  Wrap individually in press ‘n seal or plastic film and store in an airtight container.  Texture improves after a few days.  Bars may be frozen, or stored with a brown sugar keeper to prevent drying out.
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