So has anyone else been completely obsessed with The Great British Bake Off recently? If yes then you’ll completely understand why I just had to make a \’health-ivied’ millionaire shortbread recipe.
If you’ve not been watching or been inspired, then don’t worry I’ve got you covered with these deliciously rich peanut butter caramel slices. I can honestly say these have been tried and tested and no one can put these little protein packed treats down, they are so sweet so decadent and make the perfect post workout refuel treat!
Prep time 25 minutes
Cooking time 0 minutes
Ingredients, for the base:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup ground almonds (or pecans, walnuts etc) or 1/2 cup granola
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 cup pitted dates
1 tbsp honey or date syrup
Ingredients, for the caramel:
2 scoops ‘The Protein Cupboard’ peanut butter chocolate 100% whey protein
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
3 tbsp honey or date syrup
2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter (aim for high protein, low sugar/fat)
1/2 cup coconut cream or low fat cream cheese
3 tbsp vanilla yoghurt
1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
handful of crushed pistachio nuts (or hazelnuts/peanuts)
Start with the base of the caramel slice by whizzing up the dates in a food processor for a few seconds until they have a thick caramel like consistency. To the dates add your oats, ground almonds, coconut oil (melt in the microwave for 30 seconds) and honey. This should then form a thick sticky mix that can be pressed against the bottom of a small dish to form the bottom layer of the slice. If the base is too crumbly and does not stick together then trying adding either more coconut oil or honey. Once this is firmly pressed into the bottom of your dish then you can begin to make the salted peanut butter caramel sauce.
For the sauce you want to place your ingredients of peanut butter chocolate whey protein, coconut oil, honey/syrup, crunchy peanut butter, coconut cream, yoghurt and cacao powder in a saucepan. Gently simmer this on a low heat for around 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened up and resembles sticky chocolatey caramel. If the mix is too thick add a little more coconut oil or honey, if your mix needs thickening up then add more protein powder or peanut butter. As soon as you have a thick sauce you can smoother this evenly over the nutty base and place in the fridge to chill. If you can resist trying the caramel slices then leave in the fridge to set for 1-2 hours.
Once set you can take them out of the fridge, sprinkle with pistachios and indulge!
These slices are ideal to meal prep for when you’re out and about or for a super sweet evening post workout snack!