Ahhhhh . . Chocolate. Pistachios. Honey. A hint of cinnamon. My Chocolate Protein “Baklava” Bites are a muscle-making take on this ancient honey and nut dessert hailing from Greece and Turkey (both countries lay claim to its origin).
You’ll notice there’s no thin layers of phyllo in this healthy sweet treat! No need to get distracted with difficulty of preparation (and gluten) this adds to the recipe. Instead, I’ve put together a 15 minute recipe that is packed full of great nutrition to fuel your active lifestyle and requires absolutely no cooking. Read on to get all the nutty details along with the full recipe!
Traditional Baklava has no chocolate. However, in my world, the flavor of chocolate makes everything better. I’ve incorporated a chocolate protein powder* to create a filling and flavorful pre or post workout snack that will remind you of a Eastern European dessert tray.
* Millennium Blend sent me the Metabolic Formula whey-based meal replacement shake powder free of charge for my editorial consideration.
This super simple, no-cook recipe mixes together in minutes – it’s just protein powder, nut butter, a Medjool date, cinnamon and coconut oil in the bottom layer and chopped pistachios and honey in the top layer. Absolutely NO COOKING, just compact in cordial candy molds and stick in freezer for 5 minutes to set up! If you don’t have candy molds, mini muffin tins will work just as well!
If you don’t eat all of these baklava bites on the spot, they can be stored in the fridge or freezer for enjoyment later.
Have you ever had baklava? What is your favorite type of nut? What’s going on this weekend? Please share in the comments – XOXO, Jennifer