Wild Friends is a new[er] brand of nut butters on the market, and they have great flavors including Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, which was my muse for these two recipes.
I have been trying to find a protein bar on the market that is not only is dairy-free but inexpensive, and it has become a trying task. So I decided to make my own. These bars are not only simple to make, but it makes a large batch and only used a fraction of the ingredients that I purchased.
Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Approx. 20 small bars
2 cups oats
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
3/4 cup Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup brown rice syrup (I used Lundberg’s Organic Sweet Dreams)
2/3 cup brown rice protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Brand in Chocolate)
1 tsp vanilla
I combined the peanut butter and brown rice syrup and heated it in the microwave for a few seconds until it was slightly melted and easier to stir, you could also heat it on your stove top over low heat-this step made the process of mixing much easier. Add the additional ingredients and keep stirring until the mixture is uniformly combined.
I took my 16 cup (12.375″ L X 9.125″ W X 3.5″ H) Sterilite rectangle lidded container and lined it with parchment paper. I added the mixture and pressed it firmly and evenly. I snapped on the lid and stuck it in the refrigerator for about an hour or two (I lost track of time); once they were cooled, I removed the bars easily with the parchment paper and cut them into 20 small rectangular bars. Then I tossed them back into the container for storage. I recommend storing them in the refrigerator, however I did have one in my purse that I forgot about…it was in a Ziploc baggy for a day or so and it still maintained the shape and flavor.
I wanted to touch on brown rice syrup briefly. I have heard controversy over this item due to reports of arsenic in rice. For one, it is an ingredient in almost every organic, natural, vegan etc bar, and two I felt comfortable using this Lundberg brand because they are taking precautions and testing the levels of arsenic in their rice as part of their comprehensive food safety plan.
And now for this masterpiece…
Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Pancakes
Approx. 4-6 depending on size
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter
2 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life minis)
2 tbsp shredded coconut
Coconut oil for cooking
A little extra coconut and chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (highly recommended)
Mash the banana, then add the eggs and mix well; add the remaining ingredients and mix until relatively smooth. I heated a pan on my stove top to medium-low and added a little coconut oil to keep the pancakes from sticking. I put about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan; when they have formed bubbles on top that have burst they are ready to be flipped (just like normal pancakes). These don’t take long to cook!
When they are done, grab a plate and stack ’em up. I didn’t add any syrup or additional peanut butter, just a sprinkle of coconut and chocolate chips on top. I’m not even exaggerating, these were like heaven in my mouth. Next time around, I will be making a bigger batch!
P.S. This post was not sponsored by Wild Friends. All opinions and ideas are my own.