Vegan Protein Bars

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These things are SO good.  I don’t think I can make them again and keep them in my house because I find myself walking by the fridge getting a bite, and then a few minutes later… I find myself right back there.  And then that happens again, and maybe again.  🙂  Oops.

I found the original recipe and adapted it from one that I found on Popsugar, and from what I’ve found, you can get creative with these and try different nuts, additions and toppings.  I also doubled the original recipe so that I’d have some to share and some leftovers.  Nobody was mad about that.  I’m only mad that I don’t have any more of these things right now!!!  Hmmm – I wonder if I have enough almonds to make some more today…  🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • dash teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 5 scoops plant-based vanilla protein powder (I like  Vega Performance Protein)
  • 3-4 dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)
  • coconut flakes (optional)
  • have some coconut or almond milk on hand

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare an large casserole dish by lining with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, pour in the almonds and the sunflower seeds and the salt. Process until you have almond butter, several minutes.  *If it’s too thick and not turning to butter – add in a little vanilla or almond milk.
  3. Add the dates, oats, protein powder, and maple syrup, vanilla and process until smooth.
  4. Press mixture into the pan using the back of a spoon or your hand.
  5. Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl, and microwave until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the bars, and sprinkle coconut.  Allow to set in the fridge for 20 minutes before cutting.
  6. Store uneaten bars in an airtight container in the fridge.
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