Sometimes being vegan can be tricky. I look at foods wishing there was a vegan equivalent that actually tasted like the original. Protein bars are on my top list of things I miss, now that I’m vegan. Vegan protein bars just don’t cut it. They’re either made from dates and cashews and boring super foods, or packed with sugar and fake stuff. I’m not about either of those. I want a protein bar that tastes like the non-vegan ones; made from actual protein powder, with that crumbly, fudgy, gooey texture. That’s what I’m about.
A friend of mine had made this recipe and given me a few to try and I instantly fell in love. “These are exactly like the old protein bars I used to eat!” I said to her. She’d given me the recipe a long time ago, but it was only yesterday that I decided to test it out for myself. In true “Morgan style” I’ve tweaked the recipe a little, and I’m super happy with the result.
These protein bars are made from simple, whole ingredients (some which you probably already have lying around in your pantry!). And for someone like me who gets bored of drinking protein shakes, these are perfect. They’re quick to make and can be modified to suit your taste. Each bar has 1g fat, 13g carbohydrates (4g fibre) and a massive 17g protein! (Now ask me where I get my protein from again?)
- 1 cup dry roasted almonds (or 1/2 cup almond butter. I like to make my own)
- 1 cup + 2tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1tsp vanilla-creme flavoured liquid stevia drops
- 1 1/4 cups chocolate vegan protein powder (brown rice works best)
- 1 cup rolled oats to make 1/2 cup oat flour
- 2tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4tsp salt
- Start by preparing the oat flour. In a food processor, blitz 1 cup rolled until a flour forms. Put aside for later.
- To make the almond butter, place the dry roasted almonds into a food processor and blitz for 10-15 minutes until a smooth paste is formed.
- Add the almond milk and stevia to the food processor, blending until combined.
- In a seperate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (oat flour, protein powder, cocoa and salt).
- Add the dry ingredients into the food processor and blend until everything is combined (a nice fudgy dough should form).
- Line a brownie tin with baking paper and press the mixture firmly into it.
- Place in the fridge (covered) and let it chill overnight. Then cut it into 10 even sized bars and glad wrap individually for an easy on-the-go snack.
See. Told you it was easy. A couple of pointers: You can use any nut butter you like, however the roasted almonds give these bars an extremely delicious flavour. You could also use any flavoured protein powder, but chocolate definitely works well. The stevia drops are crucial. You really can’t replace them with anything.
Some other combinations to try:
- Add peppermint essence for a choc-mint protein bar.
- Add coconut essence and shredded coconut for a choc-coconut bar.
- Throw in some macadamias, or even replace the almond butter with macadamia butter for a higher fat protein bar.
- Stir in vegan chocolate chips, or coat the bars in melted chocolate for an indulgent treat.
- Add dried cherries or dried apricots for a cherry ripe or fruchoc inspired protein bar.
If you recreate this recipe, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you!