Orange Chocolate Protein Bars

Double layered and packed with protein, these Orange Chocolate Protein Bars are set to be your new favourite pre-or-post workout snack! Recipe by Merilin at Almost Zero Waste.  

Image of double layered protein bars with protein powder in the background


100g Vitally Vegan Protein Powder (Chocolate & Orange)
70g Cashews
70g Rolled Oats
88ml Orange Juice
150g Dates
10ml Coconut Oil
A Pinch of Salt
Peanut Caramel
50g Date Syrup
35g Peanut Flour
20g Peanut Butter
50ml Plant Milk
Rice Crisps to Top
150g Melted Chocolate
1tbsp Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil (+ 1 Cup Chocolate Chips)

How to Make
Step 1: In a small pot, soak dates in hot water for 20 or so minutes (you can do a “quick-soak” in boiling water for a couple of minutes, too).
Step 2: In a blender or food processor, add cashews and whole oats, and a pinch of salt. Blend for a few seconds until you get a flour-like texture (if you still have bigger pieces, it’s okay).
Step 3: Then, add the pea protein and blend again. After, add the soaked and dried dates, the orange juice, and melted coconut oil, and blend until everything is well-combined. Spread the dough in a small tray, and put it in the freezer to rest.


The peanut caramel layer:
Step 1: In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the caramel layer until you everything is mixed.

Step 2: Spread on top of the chilled dough and then put back in the freezer. If you wish, sprinkle a few rice crisps or popped quinoa on top.


Chocolate layer:
Step 1: Melt a chocolate bar to a double boiler on medium heat. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
Step 2: Add one tbsp cocoa butter or coconut oil and mix.
Step 3: Once melted, take away the chocolate from the heat, and wait for it to cool down.

Finishing the Bars:
Step 1: Take out the bars from the freezer, and cut them into 16 pieces. Start putting each of the bars in the melted chocolate, and then transfer to cool down on a metal net tray. Since the bars will be cold, the chocolate will become solid quite fast, so try to be a bit faster here, or you will have to re-melt the chocolate again. 

Step 2: After all the bars are covered with chocolate, you can decorate them with dried raspberries or eat them like that! You can store them in the fridge for over a week or in the freezer for ~3 months. 


Nutritional Information Per Bar

Kcal: 179
Fat: 8.2g
Carbs: 17.8g
Protein: 8g


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Like this recipe? Try our Salted Caramel Protein Bars!

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