So ever striving to make as much as I can at home from scratch and being on a clean, nutritious, vegan path (as much as I can… my current title is almost-vegan-pescatarian if that’s allowed?) I am hunting for great protein bar recipes which will not only give me that well needed kick during a mid morning or afternoon slump but also satisfy that oh-my-gosh I need a sweet fix without the nasty stuff and sugars overload.
I came across a few great recipes whilst reading various blogs and google searches, and the great thing about a lot of these no-bake bars or bites is they’re preeeeeetty flexible with ingredients – depending on your taste buds or what you happen to have in the cupboard. No more nightmares of being missing ingredients as there’s normally a lot of ‘or use this instead’ which is uber useful.
So current at the top of my list is a chocolate protein bar recipe that the extent of the ‘baking’ is switching on the gas hob for a minute.
Now depending on the size the pieces you cut into, these bars can be between 60-200 kcal but I’d recommended two or three bite sized pieces best as they are quite rich so that always seems to be about the right amount of chocolatey-loveliness!
1 tbsp solid coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup/honey/or agave syrup
2 tbsp almond milk (or similar)
1/3 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate (I always look for ‘no milk’ on the label to keep it dairy free)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (add a little extra sea salt flakes if love that sea salt and chocolate combination)
2 tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp hemp/more seeds/almond meal (depending on what you have in stock, as well as hemp can be quite a strong flavour so you might prefer one of the others)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (or more hemp if you want to pump up the protein levels)
4 or more tbsp protein powder (use flavoured to add an extra element or if you don’t have protein powder, using more seeds is just as good)
Little extras to try – cinnamon, ginger, cloves, chilli or chopped dates.
These recipes are flexible, quick and easily open to adjusting!
Melt coconut oil, syrup and almond milk (till bubbling a little) switch off heat, chuck in the chocolate mix and allow to melt. You might need to pop the heat on again briefly if not quite melting enough.
Mix in salt and vanilla.
Separately pulse/blend the pumpkin, chia, flax, and hemp into coarse powder.
Add that into the your melted mix and chuck in the sesame or hemp, mix + mix, and add in the protein powder, and mix a little more.
This now needs to be spread out roughly on parchment paper, like you’d make pancakes. A really shallow tray helps. Ensure it’s a flat, well packed down mixture however you choose to do it and into the fridge it goes.
Once it’s solid, chop up up into pieces and these will keep in the fridge for a few weeks – except they don’t normally hang around for long in my house as they are so darn tasty!
A 3 x 1.5” bar would be 110kcal approx as a guide to sizing.