Peanut butter & dark chocolate protein bars

After multiple requests for a snacks and many enjoyable hours researching recipes, I came across this lovely one. I wanted something a little sinful (but actually quite healthy and low in sugar) and quick and easy. This one is from my favourite blog, Oh She Glows and it ticks lots of boxes (including the very important chocolate box). Not many ingredients and high in protein. You can find her fabulous recipe here (along with very artistic drizzles-she's a pro). My very similar version is below (mine is a low fructose version). 

Yield: 12 bars
1 1/2 cups rolled oats, blended to flour (I used my vitamix for the first time to make the past I used a coffee grinder...never again)
1/2 cup unsweetened protein powder (I used Natural Factors, Whey Factors)
1/2 cup rice crisp cereal
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 tbsp coconut milk or other milk (use to moisten batter if too dry)

Homemade chocolate drizzle   
1 tbsp cocoa butter (or coconut oil)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp brown rice syrup   

1. Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp, and salt together in a large bowl.
2. Add in the peanut butter & syrup. In the first batch I tried, I used maple syrup and it was quite moist. The brown rice syrup was a little dryer and needed some added liquid. Also, I used my hands to mix the batter as it's firm like dough. 
3. Press into pan. Flatten with the bottom of a glass or press with fingers. I bought a pastry roller at Christmas and I used that (very good investment those things). Put into the freezer for about 10 minutes until very firm. 
4. Make the chocolate drizzle. Melt the cocoa butter or coconut oil over low heat or in a double boiler. I use a stainless steel bowl set over a small saucepan. Add the cocoa powder and brown rice syrup and mixed until well incorporated. 
5. Remove the bars from freezer and slice into 12 bars. Drizzle with your warm chocolate drizzle and freeze again until set. Store in the freezer..they taste best cold. 

I'd never 'drizzled' before so forgive their haphazardness. They're really delicious so I'll be making them again. Watch out drizzles, you are sure to improve.

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