Luke Hines shares this easy recipe, which is also dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free.
If you’re looking for pre-workout energy or post-workout recovery with the perfect performance-enhancing combination of healthy fats, carbs and protein, then look no further.
Using natural collagen powder, which can be found in health-food stores and some supermarkets, adds a flavour-free boost that can support muscle repair and growth, along with healthy hair, skin and nails.
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- 180 g (1 cup) pitted medjool dates
- 270 g (1 cup) cashew nut, macadamia nut or peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, coconut nectar or monk fruit syrup
- 50 g (1⁄2 cup) unflavoured collagen powder
- 60 g (1⁄2 cup) cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or powder
- 3 tablespoons cacao nibs
Place the dates in a food processor and blitz until broken up and mushy.
Add the nut butter and sweetener and blitz again to combine and make a wet paste.
Add the collagen, cacao powder, maca powder and vanilla and blitz until everything comes together to form a thick dough.
Place the dough on a piece of baking paper. Roll into a ball, then roll out into a log about 30 cm long. Use your hands to press the log down fl at, creating a long, fl at rectangle about 35 cm × 10 cm in size.
Scatter the cacao nibs over the top and press them in gently with your hands.
Use a knife to cut into evenly sized bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
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