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No-Bake Homemade Protein Bars

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE AND NUTRIENT DENSE



What you’ll need: Base:

  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour (blend gluten free oats in a blender to make oat flour)

  • 1/2 cup plant based vanilla protein (we love Sunwarrior brand)

  • 1/2 cup nut butter (we used almond butter, make sure no sugar added, just nuts)

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened plant based milk of choice

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds

Topping:

  • 1 Dark chocolate bar (approx 100g) 70% or higher cacao content (we used 85%), broke into pieces, we choose dairy free as well

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

  • Pinch of sea salt (optional)

Directions: Mix all base ingredients in a large bowl until a dough forms. Depending on the consistency of your nut butter (you want it runny) you may need to add a little extra almond milk or oat flour depending if it is too dry or too wet respectively. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper. Pour dough in and press down with clean hands. Put chocolate pieces with coconut oil in a microwave safe dish and microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until fully melted. Poor melted chocolate on top of the base, spread evenly with spatula or back of a spoon. Sprinkle with sea salt now if desired. Place in the freezer for a minimum 1 hour. Cut into squares and enjoy! Keep in the freezer covered and take out for the perfect post-workout or afternoon treat. (Note when taking from frozen let the square thaw on a plate for 10+ min prior to enjoying!) Why we love these:

  • Simple, whole food ingredient bars compared to many pre-made alternatives found in the grocery store.

  • Easy to make, no baking needed

  • Oats, flax and even cacao have been shown to act as pre-biotics, to help maintain a healthy gut.

  • Cacao in the dark chocolate has an extensive list of health benefits. It has been shown to help control blood pressure, boost your feel good hormones and aid with your immunity. And it also makes these bars taste like a dessert :)

Live hi-vibe, Dr. Allison Ellis




 



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