Before Christmas the team at Bulk Powders sent me a gorgeous hamper of goodies and asked me to come up with a recipe as part of their #CookItYourWhey challenge.
I haven't tried any of Bulk Powders' products before but have heard good things about them - the fact the stuff they sent me is all gluten free was a good start!
The hamper included some sachets of their banana flavoured Pure Whey. This is an 82% protein powder (normally when I train I opt for as high as possible - currently I have a 97% one). I wasn't sure about the banana flavour as it's not my preferred choice but I thought it would be perfect paired with dates for a banoffee idea!
I was also sent some VitaFibre powder. This was very exciting as I've wanted to try cooking with this for ages. It's a sugar/flour alternative, which is high in fibre and very low in sugar. I know the VitaFibre syrup is used to make Quest-style protein bars so I heated this with water to create my own syrup.
The macros of these bars are: Cals: 272; Protein: 8.4g; Fat: 2.9; Carbs: 15.5 (12.9 sugar). They would be idea for pre or post workout - I'm looking forward to having mine before a heavy legs session tomorrow! You can also check out the other #HaveItYourWhey recipes here.
Chewy banoffee protein bars
Makes eight bars
150g VitaFibre powder
75g banana flavoured Bulk Powders pure whey (82%)
30g ground almonds
6 medjool dates
- Place the VitaFibre powder and water in a saucepan and heat on a low heat. Allow it to simmer but keep stirring and avoid it boiling too hard. Simmer for around 3-4 mins until the liquid starts to clear. Once it clears slightly, set aside in a bowl to cool for a couple of minutes.
- Roughly chop the dates into chunks. Mix the almonds and protein powder in a bowl then add the dates and mix until they are coated. This will stop them sticking together.
- Add the cooled VitaFibre/water mix and combine into a dough. This mixture will be very sticky, but don't worry, it washed up easy as it dissolves in water!
- Flatten the dough into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper - or in a silicone tray. Freeze for half an hour and then cut into eight pieces.
It really is pretty simple, and the bars have a great nougat-like texture. Let me know if you like them! I am hoping to test the rest of the VitaFibre with some other recipes so stay tuned for more clean treats!