This is my first attempt at making my own post workout recovery protein bars. I used simple ingredients loosely following a recipe that I found on the internet but with my own variations to adapt the bars to my nutritional needs and taste.
Place the dates and raisins in a small bowl and soak in hot water until they are needed. This will remove some of the sweetness and sugar from the ingredients.
Meanwhile blitz the oats in a blender until they become flour like. Add to a large bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients: coconut flour, cacao, salt and protein powder.
Blitz 2/3rds of the pecan nuts in the blender to make them flour like and add to the bowl. Blitz the rest of the pecan nuts into small pieces and add to the bowl. Mix well.
Squeeze the oranges and add the juice to the dry ingredients together with the vanilla extract. Stir the mixture well. It won't be smooth but it will start to bind together.
Drain the dates and raisins and blitz them in a blender with a bit of the water so they become almost like a paste but leave it a bit clumpy. Add to the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and add mineral water as necessary to make a smooth-ish paste that's not too wet.
Spread the mixture on a piece of baking paper in a square shape. Cover with another layer of baking paper and gently flatten using a rolling pin. Be careful not to make the mixture too thin. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Remove the mixture from the fridge and cut into bars. I made mine fairly large as my workouts are usually intense and I need carbs to recover in a reasonable time but this is totally up to you and your preferences.
These bars taste amazing, they are sweet but not too much and as well as supplying quickly absorbed carbohydrates they also keep me full for ages and help me control cravings that sometimes I get after an intense workout.
They are reasonably quick to make and the proportions of the ingredients can be easily altered to suit your taste and metabolic needs. The big win for me is that I know exactly what went into them. 🙂