Recipe: Mint Chocolate Bars

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Bars

If mint chocolate ice cream and Thin Mints had a baby, these mint chocolate bars would be the result. They're also deceptively macro-friendly thanks to fat-free evaporated milk, light cream cheese and a punch of vanilla whey protein powder.

Note that these bars firm up over time, so if you're looking to pack them in lunches, make sure they chill in the fridge over night, otherwise you may end up with a gooey mess (but we won't judge you if you decide to lick the tupperware).

Serves: 16, serving size 31g

Calories: 180, Protein: 5 g, Carbs: 13 g, Fat: 5 g

Ingredients:

  • 60 g evaporated fat-free milk
  • 30 g salted butter
  • 35 g chocolate chips
  • 125 g oats
  • 80 g chocolate wager cookies, chocolate graham crackers (the macros for this recipe were calculated using Annie's Chocolate Bunnies)
  • 14 g cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 55 g evaporated fat-free milk
  • 48 g vanilla whey protein powder
  • 45 g light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 20 g chocolate chips
  • 1.25 g coconut oil
  • Fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, warm 60 g of evaporated fat-free milk, butter and 35 g of chocolate chips over medium-low heat until the chocolate and butter are melted.
  • Meanwhile, combine the oats, chocolate wager cookies and cocoa powder in a food processor bowl and pulse until the mixture resembles dry sand. When the chocolate/butter/evaporated milk mixture is ready, add it to the food processor along with the 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract and pulse the mixture until it sticks together. Transfer the cookie base to the lined 8x8 pan and, using your fingers, press the base into an even layer. Chill the base in the refrigerator while you make the frosting.
  • To make the minty layer, stir the whey protein powder and the evaporated milk together until you have a thick paste. Add the light cream cheese and the peppermint extract and beat with a whisk (or hand mixer) until combined. The mixture will be a little funny. Pour the minty layer on top of the cookie base.
  • For the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring in between. Add coconut oil to the warm chocolate (it should melt instantly if the chocolate is warm enough) and drizzle the mixture over the top of the bars.
  • Let the bars chill in the fridge to firm up--for at least an hour, but ideally overnight. Cut into 16 squares and store covered in an airtight container. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

This recipe was tested using whey protein. The results may differ if you use plant based or casein protein powders.



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