Quick n’ Easy Energy Bar

This question comes from Jessica and she asks:

 "A friend was recently talking about peanut butter in a powdered form (PB2 I think it was called). Do you know anything about it and if so, is it good or bad? Thanks!"

Well Jessica, in short- stay away. 

Basically, PB2 is powdered peanut butter product, which the consumer is to then mix with water to create a peanut butter-like spread.  

In the nutrition section of their website they say:

"[...] in the case of PB2 and Chocolate PB2, you won’t find 85% of the fat calories of regular peanut butter."

They are proudly saying they have eliminated 85% of the fat calories of regular peanut butter, which in Real Food nutrition terms is a damn shame! It is a healthy fat that comes from peanut butter and therefore taking it away renders this product quite useless, nutrition-wise. 

On top of that, sugar is one of the ingredients, and when you eat (ideally organic) natural peanut butter, there is no sugar. Just good ol' fashioned peanuts ground up to create the smooth spread. 

So, Jessica, I ask you to stick with the Real Deal Natural Peanut Butter (only ingredient is peanuts). You will be far better off nutritionally than eating powdered PB....  

Here's a recipe to add to your recipe bank (do you have a recipe bank?) as a go-to chocoalte-y, nutrition-packed snack (using the real deal peanut butter).

Quick n’ Easy Energy Bar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, if nut allergy present use sunflower seed butter)
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup hemp seeds*
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds*

*You can use whatever kind of seeds you like! Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc...

Directions

  • Heat honey until warm (don’t overheat because you want to keep the super-healthy enzymes found in raw honey!)
  • Slowly mix in nut butter
  • Remove from heat, & stir in the remaining ingredients 
  • Press into 8 x 8 pan
  • Chill for 1 hour. Cut into ~25 small squares

And to infuse these bars with positive energy, play the track below to pump you up!