Healthy and Irresistible Peanut Butter Lupin Bars
This is my new favourite sweet treat. I have always loved peanut butter, sometimes a little more than I should. But since learning about refined sugars, reading food labels and realising that peanuts are actually a good source of protein as well as being superbly delicious.. well I am eating it a lot more ! The key is choosing the right product. Always checking to see what, in ADDITION to peanuts, is in the jar. You may be surprised. It should only have peanuts in it.. and maybe a pinch of salt.. but still, I would prefer to add that myself.
These bars have also proven to be a great pre and post workout snack. Clean delicious energy. And not store bought. I perform so much better with the energy something like this gives me.
If you're like me, you may associate lupin as being cattle or sheep food. I know its a grain that is high in protein .. and that our two pet sheep LOOOOVE the stuff.
So when I heard a West Australian farmer being interviewed on the radio about growing lupin for human consumption, I had to investigate further. He spoke about recent studies taken by The University of Western Australia. The various health benefits including high in fibre, high in protein and low in carbs. Perfect conditions here in WA. Health Benefits? PROTEIN? Grown in the State I live? Yes please
Here is a link to a Body and Soul article.. you can also google 'lupins' and find a tonne of information.
"Lupin is 40 to 45 per cent protein 25 to 30 per cent dietary fibre, it has little or no starch and it’s low in oil. Put this together and it may be a natural weapon against obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin insensitivity – all risk factors for cardiovascular disease."
This the brand I used. I bought it from the local health food store.
I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my friends, family and I have. xx
1.5 cups Lupin flakes (or quick oats if you prefer)
1.5 cups ground almonds
2 cups desiccated coconut
1.5 cup pitted dates (soaked for 10 minutes in boiling water and drained)
1/2 cup quality butter, melted
PEANUT BUTTER TOPPING
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (sugar and salt free option - look at the ingredients - it should only have peanuts!!)
1/2 cup quality honey or maple syrup
60 grams quality dark chocolate
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
1. Pre heat oven to 170 c and line an 8" x 8" baking tin with grease proof paper, grease any corners or sides with butter.
2. Add all base ingredients to food processor and blend until it forms a dough.
3. Press firmly into tray and bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
1. Add peanut butter and honey to saucepan. Melt on low heat and stir continuously until well combined.
2.. Pour over the base and smooth over using the back of a spoon.
3. Cover and place in the freezer.
Melt chocolate and drizzle over your slice. Sprinkle over the sea salt.
P.S Cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month. Great for unexpected visitors! They will defrost in around 5 minutes xx