I’m lucky enough to have some really good food at work, and some really good chefs cooking up a storm each day. One of my favourite things they make, is this thing called ‘Chunky monkey protein bars’, which is made with banana, peanut butter, oats, maple syrup, chocolate chips and coconut oil. Unfortunately for me they sometimes sell out before I can buy them so I decided to just try to make them myself and bring them in to work that way. I had tried it twice before to recreate it but it didn’t really have the same flavour, so I went back at it again this weekend and I finally hit the nail on the head!
It’s so easy to make them (once you have the recipe) and they are so tasty! Since we are using fresh banana though I wouldn’t recommend storing these in the fridge for too long, a day or 2 at the most.
- 100g rolled or porridge oats
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
- 100g dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 ripe banana
Heat up coconut oil in the microwave until it melts, should be around 10 seconds at 800W
Mix all the ingredients together into a paste, save a few chocolate chips if you're planning on making protein bars
Place in the fridge for 15 minutes, it'll firm up the paste so you can roll it into protein balls or shape it into protein bars
Add chocolate chips on top of your protein bars if you're making them
Keep in the fridge once rolled so they'll hold their shape