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  • Christian Ostbo

The Yoda Bar

These soft and chewy, homemade, no bake, protein bars are made with peanut butter, oatmeal, honey, organic chocolate sauce, and Balanced Greens Vanilla Complete Plant Protein. Healthy and hearty, The Yoda Bar is great for Jedi’s old and young. May the force be with you!


Ingredients for Yoda Bar:

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter or substitute of your choice (any nut or seed butter will work)

1/3 cup honey

2 Tbsp. liquid coconut oil

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup Vanilla Complete Plant Protein from Balanced Greens

3 Tbsp. Flaxseed Meal

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/3 cup homemade chocolate sauce (recipe follows)


Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Sauce:

4 Tbsp. liquid coconut oil

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

3 Tbsp. raw cacao powder

1 tsp. Vanilla extract


Directions for Homemade Chocolate Sauce:

1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until completely smooth. The more coconut oil you add, the thicker the syrup will be.

2. Cover and chill for 5 minutes in the refrigerator.

3. Remove from fridge and enjoy!


Directions for Yoda Bars:

1. Line an 8x8- or 9x9-inchbaking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on two sides like handles.

2. Place the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in a medium heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of water and bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. (Do not let the water boil, and make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the mixing bowl.) Stir and heat until mixture is smoothly combined. Remove the bowl from saucepan and turn off the heat.

3. To the bowl with the peanut butter mixture, add the oats, protein powder, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, salt and homemade chocolate sauce. Stir to combine. The mixture will seem very dry at first but will come together as you stir. It won’t be sticky but should hold together when pressed (see recipe notes for more details). Press mixture evenly into the prepared pan and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

4. Lift the bars from the pan using the parchment handles and transfer to a cutting board. Slice into bars of desired size and enjoy. (I cut mine into eighths).


Notes:

· The consistency of the bars will vary based on the brand of peanut butter you use. If they seem too loose, add a tablespoon or two of extra oats. If they seem too dry, add additional peanut butter, honey, or even water, one tablespoon at a time, until the bars hold together easily when pressed into the pan.

· Store bars at room temperature for up to one week, refrigerate bars for up to three weeks, or individually wrap and freeze bars for up to three months.

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