The weekend is here and the Bellingham Warriors are shipping out this afternoon for Warrior Dash Washington. Y'all might want to be a smidge nervous because we are going to be pretty amazing. Don't let the skirts sway your opinion.
I'm hoping the weather cooperates because we're supposed to tailgate tomorrow and the rain will seriously cramp my tailgating style. Umbrella hats are so 1987.
For tailgating food I'm bringing that delicious kale quinoa salad I told you about. I love kale. I love this salad and I especially love that a good portion of the ingredients for this particular salad came from our CSA basket this week.
I am also bringing these delicious little protein bites to help fuel our warrior fire. I was excited when I found the original recipe on the back of an Adams peanut butter sample I received at the Rock and Roll race expo.
I was excited because, as you know, I have that 'thing' with buying things I know I can make myself. I was intrigued by this particular recipe because they not only look delicious, but they are packed with peanut butter and chocolate protein powder and anything chocolate and peanut butter is ok in my book.
I did switch some things up to make them vegan. And different. And I'm still not entirely sure of their particular measurements... their photo looks awfully 'granola-ey' for what they originally called for.
This is my ultra delicious version which boasts my homemade granola (remember that post I promised?), Adams peanut butter and my all time favorite protein powder: Vegan Protein Plus in double chocolate.
I cut them into little cubes because they are pretty dense. Definitely good for a little energy boost or healthy dessert.
Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Adams Natural Peanut Butter
Yield: about 45 small bites
1 cup double chocolate vegan protein plus protein powder (or chocolate protein powder of your choice)
6 Tablespoons water
3/4 cup Adams creamy peanut butter (stir it)
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 1/2 cups homemade granola with raisins (you can buy it too)
1/2 cup vegan carob chips
Line a square baking pan with tin foil.
In a medium bowl, combine protein powder and water. Whip with a fork until combined then set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine peanut butter and agave nectar and heat on low/med. Stir until soft and fully combined. Turn off stove and set aside. Note: if you must, you can microwave for about 30 seconds. I simply avoid the microwave at all costs though.
Add peanut butter mix to protein powder mix and stir well until fully incorporated and smooth.
In a little bigger bowl, combine granola and carob chips. Add the peanut butter protein mix to your granola and stir to combine. Note: it is easier to fold it together with clean hands.
Once fully combined, transfer mix to your prepared baking pan and press into the sides and evenly across the entire pan. Use a piece of parchment paper to press the mix down firm and even.
Fold the excess foil down over the parchment paper and chill for about 1 hour.
Remove and use a large knife to cut into cubes.
These are fantastic little bites on their own. They would also make a lovely quick dessert. Imagine: getting your protein needs and chocolate fix all in one.