Treat your skin with these no bake choc collagen bars

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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Makes: 10

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

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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