Today's recipe is another one dedicated to the snack lovers, like me...
These protein bars are great as a post-workout snack as they provide a good amount of protein, needed to repair the damaged caused in our muscles during training, as also a good amount of carbs, needed to restore our glycogen storage after the workout.
Ideally, you would soak your chickpeas at home in water for about 12 hours and then cook it for about 50 minutes. If you're using canned chickpeas always prefer organic brands and brands that do not ad any preservatives and that have less sodium.
These bars are delicious and they feel almost like a dessert. They are almost a peanut fudge with a salted caramel touch from the dates and just a very subtle flavor of chickpeas.
Keep theim in the freezer so they last longer. To serve them, just remove them from the freezer and let them sit on the counter for a few minutes.
Chickpea Peanut Protein Bars
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 (if you use canned chickpeas) or 25 minutes if you cook your chickpeas on the pressure cooker
Difficulty Level: Easy
Cost: ~3,40 € (in Portugal)
Nutritional Information (per bar): 107 Kcal, 4 g protein, 16 g carbs, 4 g fat
1 + 1/4 cups Cooked Chickpea (~260 g, or a 15 oz can)
1/2 cup Dates (~100 g)
1/4 cup Toasted Peanuts (~40 g)
1/4 cup Hemp Seeds (~30 g)
2 tbsp Raisins (~15 g, optional)
The seeds from 1/2 Vanilla Bean (or Vanilla powder or extract or essence)
*To cook the chickpeas yourself soak them in water for about 12 hours and cook them for 25-30 minutes in the pressure cooker or 45-50 minutes in a regular pot.
1. Place cooked and drained chickpeas into the food processor along with pitted dates and process until it forms a paste.
2. Add in the peanuts and pulse to reduce the peanuts to small chunks and incorporate them into the paste.
3. Add in the hemp seeds, raisins and vanilla and pulse to incorporate.
4. Transfer the paste to a flat container lined with parchment paper and press it to make it compact and smooth at the surface.
5. Cover the surface with parchment paper to avoid the formation of ice crystals and place it in the freezer for about 2 hours. When firm, remove from the container pulling through the parchment paper and slice the dough into bars. Serve and enjoy. Keep the remaining bars in the freezer.
I hope you enjoy these protein bars. There are more protein bar recipes on the blog if you're interested.