For my final blog post before Christmas, I thought I’d share this nice, but not-so-naughty recipe for caramel whey protein bars. At a time when we’re surrounded by mince pies, Christmas pudding and yule log, a lighter choice can be a welcome change. And these bars are so yummy you’ll forget they’re calorie-controlled and sugar free (without chocolate).

I’m no fan of diets as you know, but I’m also no fan of the annual Christmas binge and January health kick. Living a healthy lifestyle is a daily commitment. If you dip in and out of eating well and exercising you will not see results. That does not mean you have to live like a saint. If you eat a healthy balanced diet 80% of the time, you can achieve a physique you will be proud of.

Christmas weight gain is rarely the result of a Christmas Day blow-out, but rather a month-long binge that starts with nibbles at the office party and ends with New Year’s Eve boozing. So enjoy the day, but be mindful of all those additional calories which add up during the party season. You’ll be glad of it come January.

Happy Christmas x

Thanks to my brother Mark for this recipe. For more, please visit his Facebook page Transformation Mark here:


64g ground almonds
128g caramel fudge whey protein powder (could use chocolate or vanilla)
6 tablespoons coconut flour
4 tablespoons Walden Farms caramel syrup (could substitute for agave nectar or honey
15g oats
8 squares 70-90% cocoa solids chocolate (optional)


Throw the ingredients in a blender and add 2 tablespoons of water
Blend ingredients and add an extra tablespoon of water if needed
When the ingredients are starting to stick together, remove and shape into balls
Melt chocolate in a bowl over a boiling saucepan of water
Coat protein balls with chocolate and place in freezer for half an hour