23 January 2021
24th January is National Peanut Butter Day, so why don’t you celebrate by making these delicious and nutritious chocolate, coconut and peanut butter bars? Not only do they hit that sweet spot and help those sugary cravings, they're also perfect to eat as a pre or post barre workout. Instructor Lotty shares her secret recipe...
Chocolate, Coconut and Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients
- 300g unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- 16 teasp peanut butter
- 100g dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil (melted)
Here's what you need to do:
- Start by placing the first six ingredients in a food processor or blender. You can stir by hand instead, but your bars will just be less firm and slightly harder to mould.
- Place a piece of baking parchment on a flat surface, and then squeeze and shape the blended coconut mixture into 16 mini bars (think more cylinder rather than flat squares) you need to be quite firm with the mixture in order to shape it, and then place your bars on the baking parchment.
- Next, begin to spoon 1 teaspoon of peanut butter along the top of each of your bars (don’t worry if it slightly drips down the edges) and then transfer the bars over on your piece of baking parchment to a plate and place in the freeze, until firm.
- Carefully melt you chocolate and 1 tbsp of coconut oil, which will help make your chocolate sauce smoother, so that you can easily coat your bars.
- Dip your bars into your chocolate sauce until fully coated and then place back on the baking parchment and re-freeze until firm. Then they are ready to enjoy!
- If you do end up with any spares, once your friends and family have got their hands on them, you can store these in the fridge and they will keep well for up to a week.
- If this recipe isn’t tempting enough already, then here are some of the amazing health benefits to these ingredients that make them perfect pre/post workout!
Coconut Health Benefits
It is rich in fibre, zinc and magnesium, therefore helping with tissue repair and giving you a boost of energy.
Peanut Butter Health Benefits
It contains healthy, unsaturated fats which leave you feeling fuller for longer. It also contains magnesium, which fortifies your muscles and bones, as well as potassium, which has been found to lower blood pressure.
Dark Chocolate Health Benefits
Unlike white or milk chocolate, it contains raw cocoa which has been known to lower your cholesterol, improve over all heart health and aid stress relief.
Give them a try and tag us in your tasty pictures on Instagram.