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Vegan Protein Bars

These vegan protein bars are a great post workout snack or great for a healthy energy boost. Made with no refined sugar, they are gluten-free and dairy-fee.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Freezer time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 8 bars
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 8 large pitted dates
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup vegan protein powder
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhanging paper on the sides. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, add the peanut butter, dates, almond milk and vanilla extract. Blend until the mixture is smooth and consistent, about 1 minute.
  • Stop the food processor to scrape down the sides, then add the oats, protein powder, ground flaxseed and salt. Pulse a few times until the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should have a cookie dough-like texture. If it’s too dry, add a splash of milk. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder and pulse again.
  • Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula or your hands.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared pan and flatten out the top with your hands or the back of a spoon. It helps to spray your hands with oil when pressing down. Place in the freezer until it sets, about 15 minutes.
  • Use the overhanging parchment paper to lift from the baking pan, and slice into 8 bars. Enjoy immediately.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 10-14 days in the fridge.
Freezing Instructions: After cutting the bars, freeze them on a baking sheet until solid.  Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer safe container or bag. You then simply need to thaw them in the fridge overnight.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, feel free to play around with the ingredients and customize to your liking. Here are some common substitutes:
  • Equal amounts chia seeds instead of ground flaxseed
  • Any liquid instead of almond milk
  • 1/2 maple syrup instead of the dates
  • Quick oats instead of rolled oats
  • Any nut butter or sunflower butter instead of peanut butter
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg