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Homemade No-Bake Soft, Sweet, Crunchy Protein Bars (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian)

Posted by Wendy Lucas on March 15, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Homemade No-Bake Soft, Sweet, Crunchy Protein Bars

Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Vegan


These homemade no-bake protein bars are delicious and easy to make.  They store in the freezer and you can just grab and eat whenever you need a healthy snack!
I got the idea for this bars from the awesome website ohsheglows.com, but I modified the recipe to put my own twist on it! =)



bar Ingredients:

 

1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (I used 1 cup rolled oats, blended into a flour)

1/2 cup almond meal (almond flour) 

1/2 cup Plant Fusion Vegan Protein Powder (or use whatever protein powder you like)

1/2 cup rice crisp cereal (I used Nature's Path Organic Chocolate Koala Crisp- gluten/wheat free/gmo free)

1/4-1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt

1/2 cup natural peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter (I used 1/4 cup almond butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter and it turned out delicious!)

1/2 cup raw honey (Honey is not vegan, so you could use maple syrup to make these 100% Vegan)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

chocolate drizzle topping ingredients:

3-4 squares lindt dark chocolate 90% (or any type you like)

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. Mix the flours, protein powder, rice crisp, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Add in the nut/seed butter, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla. Stir well to combine. If the mixture is a bit dry, add a splash of non-dairy milk and mix again.
  3. Press into pan and roll out until smooth. Place into the freezer.

chocolate drizzle:

  1. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a small pot over low heat. 
  2. After freezing the bars for about 10 minutes, remove from freezer and slice into bars.
  3. Drizzle with melted chocolate and freeze again until set.
  4. Store in the freezer for a week or longer in an air-tight freezer bag or container.

 



Wendy's Homemade Protein Bar - Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

Posted by Wendy Lucas on September 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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One question I get asked often by my clients, family and friends is, "What's the best protein bar for me to eat?"..... Well the problem with most protein bars is that they are full of many dirty ingredients, fillers, artificial flavors, SOY, whey, gluten and all kinds of ingredients that some people don't want to put into their body's.  I used to be a protein bar lover, so I can say I've tried pretty much all of them.. Cliff Bars, Luna Bars, Pure Protein, Think Thin, Metrix, Power Bar, Promax Bars,  you name it, I've probably had it, and in many flavors too.  The problem is that pretty much every single one of these bars causes me gastric upset, bloating, stomach pain, indigestion, etc... 

So I like to experiment at home with making my own protein bars. I just came up with this one yesterday, and I have to say, it is DELICIOUS! 

Here's how I made it: 

Wendy's Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Homemade Protein Bars:

Inside ingredients:

1 1/2 TBSP Organic All-natural Peanut Butter (with Sea Salt already added)

1 or 2 TSP Organic Honey

1 TBSP Gluten Free Oats 

1 Scoop Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder Chocolate Flavor

Unsweetened Almond Milk - enough to mix everything together (eye ball)

Instructions:

Melt the peanut butter and honey together in a medium sized bowl. Stir in protein powder, and begin adding the almond milk in order to completely dissolve all the powder and blend all together (should be thick consistency like peanut butter).  Add the oats. Mix together. Form into shape of a bar as pictured above.

Place on a plate and put into the freezer to harden up while you make the coating (leave it there for 5 minutes)

Coating ingredients:

2 squares 85% dark chocolate bar (I used Lindt brand).

Melt the chocolate either in a pan or in microwave. Do not over heat or it will burn. 

Take Bar out of the freezer (after 5 minutes), and either drizzle the bar with the melted dark chocolate, or completely cover it (as pictured above). 

Place back in freezer for about 10 minutes or until outside coating is hard.

ENJOY! 

This bar is free of soy!  No artificial flavors or sweeteners!  If you would like to make it sugar-free (no added sugars), you could eliminate the Honey.  The Protein Powder is made with Stevia so it's already a little sweet!  You can always add more Stevia powder for a sweeter bar but I think this way is perfect is there was such a thing!! 

Optional Add-in ideas:

Chocolate chips, carob chips, nuts, dried fruit, raisins, goji berries, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds.

Thanks for Reading,

Wendy