Dark Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

Honestly, I really find it hard to get more protein in my diet without the saturated fat. Yes, I have absolutely no problem eating leaner meat, low fat yogurt, egg whites and cheese. All kinds. I enjoy protein shakes but they get a little old and non-interesting after a while.

So here’s a recipe to share that I modified from Laura Scudder’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Trail Bars. I had a jar of almond butter I needed to use up and it worked quite well. I’m down to, oh heavens, 1/2 jar of almond butter.

Enjoy – but not too many!

Dark Chocolate Protein Bars

3/4 cup Almond Butter

1/4 cup honey

5 tbl water

1 cup chocolate protein whey powder

3 cups granola cereal

1/2 c dark chocolate chips

Line a 8 X 8 square pain with foil and extend foil up sides of pan. Spray with non-stick spray.
Divide granola in to 1.0 cup and 2 cup amounts. Sprinkle 1/2 of 1.0 cup amount over bottom of pan.
Place almond butter and honey in a microwaves safe bowl and microwave on medium for 60 seconds. Stir. Microwave again on medium for 60 seconds. Stir until mixture is smooth.
Stir water and protein powder together until blended. Add protein powder mixture to almond butter mixture. Stir until smooth.
Stir in remaining 2.0 cups of granola and chips until evenly moistened. Mixture should be thick like cookie dough but not crumbly. It should not be “pourable” like cake bater. Some almond butters are thicker than others. If it is pourable, add a bit more granola cereal.
Spread or gently mash the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of granola.
Chill one hour or until firm.
Cut into 20 bars.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-almond-bars/#ixzz23eJCrfmL

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