Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cocoa Fudgy Protein Bars

This is a combination of half a dozen different recipes I found on the web, just mixing together the quantity of ingredients that felt right, and that gave the right kind of nutritional value.  It kind of took me back to my childhood, making mud pies in the garden :)

You really would not know that the recipe contains beans.  The finished result is quite soft and fudgy.  I used cannellini beans, but any bean would be ok.

Nutrition Info per bar (makes 10)
Calories: 169
Protein: 6g
Carbohydrate: 26g
Fat: 5g
Dietary Fibre: 6g

1 x 400g tin cannellini beans, drained
50g oats
20g hemp powder
20g cocoa powder
50g unsweetened desiccated coconut
200g light soya milk
200g dried soft figs
1 heaped teaspoon molasses (20g)
30g granulated xylitol


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Put the beans in a large bowl and crush thoroughly with the back of a fork.  
  • Stir in the oats, hemp powder. cocoa powder, coconut and xylitol.
  • Put the figs and milk in a blender and blend until finely chopped.
  • Stir into the dried mixture, along with the molasses.
  • Pour into a greased 20cm non-stick square metal baking tin, and smooth.
  • Bake for 25 mins.
  • Remove from the oven and cut into 10 bars, leaving in the tin.  It will be firm on top, but of a squidgy consistency.  Cool in the tray on a wire rack, and then refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  • Wrap individually in foil and store in the refrigerator.

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