Want a sweet and delicious snack you can feel good about putting in your body? Why not try this protein bark recipe? The regular chocolate bark is typically loaded with sugar and calories and not appropriate for someone looking to manage both their blood sugar levels and body weight. But, the great news is with a few modifications, you can certainly prepare a recipe that will serve you well.
Protein Bark. The secret ingredient in this protein bark recipe is coconut oil. Coconut oil is what will give the protein bark recipe its softer consistency, even when it is kept in the freezer. You can take it out and immediately bite right into it, and experience the deliciously creamy and sweet taste it has to offer.
Even better is coconut oil provides a healthy source of dietary fat that will not only stabilize your blood sugar levels but also …
- help to keep your immune system strong,
- help ward off heart disease, and may even
- help you become leaner thanks to the metabolic boost it will provide for you.
The protein powder added to this bark is what helps provide the amino acids for tissue repair and recovery while also ensuring you stay satisfied for several hours after eating it.
Make sure you Include any of the "add-ins" you prefer, whether they are various nuts or seeds, or even a small handful of dried fruit. Just do remember to keep in mind dried fruit will increase the sugar content of this snack, so do not overdo the portion size. Satisfying your sweet tooth can be a real challenge when watching your carbs, calories and blood sugar.
Here's your protein bark recipe to try out. It takes all of 5 minutes to prepare and 2 hours to set, so make it this afternoon for a late-night after dinner treat …
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 ½ scoops chocolate protein powder (or any flavor you prefer)
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup peanuts
Begin by heating the coconut oil in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in the protein powder and peanut butter until well combined. Stir in the peanuts until coated and then place this mixture on a plate covered with parchment paper. Next, place the covered plate in the freezer for about 2 hours.
Remove and slice into pieces and then serve immediately. Note you will want to keep any protein bark you do not eat in the freezer until ready to serve. This delicious treat is a refreshing alternative to ice cream and will help satisfy your taste buds without spiking your blood sugar.