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<font size="4">Trainer confession time: I love chocolate. <br><br>There's probably not a food on the planet I crave as consistently as chocolate. In order to make sure I'm eating nutrient-dense, healthful chocolate treats, I place a priority on creating and making yummy recipes (like the ones I'm sharing today) that satisfy my cravings.<br><br>The two recipes below are great options for after your workouts. Remember, you need to be eating a carb and protein within 30 minutes of your workout to replenish your muscles. <br><br><u><strong>Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars</strong></u><br><br>1 cup natural peanut butter (we use skippy natural)<br>1/2 cup coconut oil<br>1/2 cup honey<br>1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009VJ2MX4/ref=sr_rp_1_a_it?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ie=UTF8&qid=1456495245&sr=sr-1&keywords=whey+protein+amazon">I use this brand)
3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dairy-free chips)
Place a medium-sized sauce pan on low heat. Add peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil to pan and stir as it begins to melt. Once it's all melted take pan off of heat and add protein powder and stir well (if using), then add remaining ingredients. Stir well and spoon into a greased 9x13 pan.
Place in refrigerator--bars are usually ready to eat after 4 hours of chilling.
We cut ours into small squares, but you can make granola bar shapes or whatever you like. Leave in refrigerator as these will get soft and melt in a warm environment!