Well, that was some pretty awful punning in the title, wasn’t it? Still, you don’t see too many protein bars that practically scream with the fresh citrusy goodness of mandarins. Why not, I say? Mandarin protein bars are the shizz.
I’m sorry I have been slack as with posting over the last month or two. Lots of family stuff (some of it very difficult 🙁 ) but also some good work and blog stuff under development in the background. Did you see my new logo? This is the culmination of a few years of planning and working out where I am heading with CCM, outside of the blogosphere. Everything takes longer than I would like but I have learned to value patience this year and patience is rewarded. I love the new logo and am excited to start using it for my little chocolate business very soon!
I have been doing some recipe testing and you will have seen a peek or two of this on both Instagram and Facebook so hopefully I will have some cool recipes to share more regularly. I have boxes of mandarins, oranges, and lemons from my uncle’s orchard to play with so I’ll be playing with these in baking and desserts for a while. What’s not to love about citrus?
For lovers of all things chocolate and hazelnut, you will find a fantastic and simple recipe for CCM Protein Nutella that is macro friendly, and contains no added oils or sugar. It pays to keep an eye on what gets posted to Instagram and the Facebook page … lots of little recipes pop up out of nowhere 🙂
If you are an Australian CCM Subscriber and love your protein, check your email inbox as you’ll get a code to use when purchasing from Bulk Nutrients (with a discount deal). For those of you outside Australia, I’m working on getting something special for you too so watch this space.
Now, let’s talk protein bars.
These bars are soft and best eaten straight from the fridge. Sure, you can dip them in dark chocolate, and that would be simply amazing. But, they are also amazing with this simple glaze. Why have I never glazed a protein bar before? It’s so so good. Of course, you could do both 😉
These bars are so simple to make, it literally takes minutes. I have made these with both almonds and hazelnuts and both are great. I use unflavoured whey but you can use vanilla. If making the chocolate variation, you can use chocolate whey for a more intense flavour. Store these in the fridge. The nutrition information provided below relates to the recipe using hazelnuts and Natvia Icing Mix*. This recipe can be scaled up.
60 grams whey protein isolate
30 grams coconut flour
30 grams dry roasted hazelnuts (or almonds)
20 grams Natvia Icing Mix* (or icing sugar)
30 grams unsweetened hazelnut milk (or almond milk)
20 grams mandarin juice, freshly squeezed
finely grated zest of mandarins
10 grams mandarin juice, freshly squeezed
25 grams Natvia Icing Mix* (or icing sugar)
2 grams cacao nibs
Mix the dry ingredients for the bars together.
Add the hazelnut (or almond) milk, mandarin juice, and zest.
Mix well until it comes together as a homogeneous mass. Do not be tempted to add more liquid. Keep working the mixture.
Once all ingredients are fully incorporated, divide the mixture into 4 equal pieces and form into bars.
Place the mandarin juice in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the Natvia Icing Mix (or icing sugar) until smooth.
Spread the glaze over each bar.
Decorate with some cacao nibs.
Let the glaze set and serve, or store airtight in the refrigerator.
*Natvia Icing Mix is a special icing sugar version of the Natvia granulated stevia blend sweetener. If you cannot find it and want to make these sugar free, you can use a coffee or nut grinder to pulverise your stevia blend sweetener until it resembles icing sugar.