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...

You will need the following:

  • 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!

The health benefits

COCONUT - It is rich in fibre, zinc and magnesium, therefore helping with tissue repair and giving you a boost of energy.

PEANUT BUTTER - 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 - 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.

A little bit about food blogger and Barrecore Instructor Lotty

“My background as a fitness instructor for Barrecore, combined with my love of cooking led me to get creative in the kitchen, switching up unhealthy ingredients for their healthier version. I started learning a whole new language with food in the attempt to change my diet around and started experimenting with creating all of the sweet things I love in a nutritious and delicious form. I love food and never wanted to feel like my diet was restricted, but instead learnt to cook and bake in a way that works in harmony for my body and nourishes from the outside in, whilst still being delicious!”

Cure both your peanut butter and chocolate cravings with this simple recipe
Healthy Peanut Butter Bars