Gluten & Sugar Free - Chocolate Protein Bars
It took me 15 minutes to make this slice before we went to the gym this morning. Just got back and it was ready to be pulled out of the fridge and sliced into bars .........and eaten. I was starving after my weights session!
They are sweet enough to cure a sugar craving but contain only dates. They are great for before or after a workout or for when you really feel like chocolate. Any time really :) With the arrangement of nuts and seeds this is a low GI snack that keeps you full for longer. Great energy from the healthy carbs too.
- 2 tbs flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 3/4 almond meal
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup your favourite protein powder (choc or vanilla flavour if possible) - I use a Raw Pea Protein with all BCAA's/Antioxidants included
- 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
- 12 pitted medjool dates (cover in boiling water and leave for 10 minutes then drain)
- 1/4 organic cacao powder (try to use one with no added sugar)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For mixing at the end
- 1/2 cup quick organic oats
To start, prepare the slice tin - I used a 20cm x 30cm slice tin - by adding a sheet of baking paper. (the mix will not stick due to the coconut oil. Using the baking paper makes it easier to remove without breaking.)
Using a food processor, Mix the DRY ingredients for 10 seconds - you want to still have some crunchy bits in there. Pour the dry mix into a large bowl.
Now add the WET ingredients into your food processor. Depending on the power of your processor, mix this for over a minute - or until it resembles a chocolate gooey paste.
Add the wet mix to the dry mix using a spatula. Add the OATS. Gently fold the mixture until completely combined.
Wet your hands a little and press into the tin until it is even. It will look thin if you use the same size tray as me. I like this because it means I can cut them into proper bars.
Now refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Slice and keep in an airtight container in the fridge up to a week. IF they last that long.