OMG!!! these home made protein bars are seriously amazing! super healthy, gluten free and dairy free, with 11 grams of protein, only 10 grams net carbs and 6 grams of fat with only 146 calories per bar. These are a perfect snack pre workout, post workout or simply as a well balanced mini meal.
Did i mention they taste awesome?? cause they do! such a simple recipe, made with vegan protein powder, rolled oats and cashew butter... covered in 100% pure organic chocolate! #nomnomnom
difficulty level: beginner
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 20 minutes
equipment needed: standard loaf pan... not necessary but helpful
what you need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 4 scoops Vega protein smoothie in Oh Natural, you can find this on Amazon or at Whole Foods. If you are not vegan you can absolutely use whey or egg white powder... but do test it out, as the flavor would change.
- 2 tbsp pomegranate powder by Navitas Naturals, you can find this on Amazon or at Whole Foods, it is not necessary, but why not add a major antioxidant boost?? :)
- 3 tbsp cashew butter, or nut butter of choice
- 6 tbsp water
- 4 squares 100% cacao Organic baking bar cut into small pieces. i used Sun Spire brand. this has zero sugar, I did add a smidgen of stevia when i melted this. I'm a huge dark chocolate fan, if you are not into dark chocolate, choose a bar you like, and melt it to coat the protein bars.
what to do:
- place rolled oats and almond milk in a small sauce pan over medium low, cook 10 minutes stirring
- meanwhile in a large bowl or tupperware combine all the rest of the ingredients(except the chocolate), crumbling the cashew butter into smaller pieces.
- let the oats cool slightly, then add to remaining ingredients (except the chocolate)
- mix well with a spatula, the kneed with hands, if too dry, carefully add 1/2 tbsp at a time.
- line a standard loaf pan with parchment or wax paper, press the protein bar dough into the loaf pan, to create an even rectangular shape.
- place into freezer for 15 - 20 minutes
- remove from freezer, cut into 8 squares
- return squares to freezer
- in a double boiler, place chocolate pieces and begin stirring with spatula to melt chocolate, sprinkle a tiny tiny bit of stevia if using unsweetened chocolate, as too much stevia will not taste good. what is a double boiler: bring water to a simmer in a medium/large sauce pan, stack a metal or glass bowl on top of a saucepan, making sure the bowl fits snugly. this way you can melt your chocolate, without burning it because the steam from the simmering water will heat the bowl gently and evenly. Just make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
- take the little bars out of the freezer, place them on a large plate on top of wax or parchment paper. Take each little square and dip it into the chocolate, i used a food brush to help me evenly coat the little bars. it's messy. it's fun, it's yummy!
- place each coated bar onto the parchment/wax paper
- once all bars are coated, place the plate into the freezer again to help the chocolate set; for at least 20 minutes.
- i sore these bars in the freezer, taking out the ones i intend to eat the next day the night before, to thaw out. i wrap each bar with a bit of wax paper, loos very rustic!
I love these as mini meal replacement between lunch and dinner, i just keep them in the fridge at work, or if driving around, i place them in a mini lunch box/cooler.
in the freezer these will last 2 months, once thawed i keep the in the fridge and eat within 3 day... ok actually within a day ;)