Vegan Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars
My sweet tooth has been out of control lately! I can’t go a day without having something sweet, especially after lunch or in the late afternoon. That is when I often get tempted and I go and buy an energy bar. I have tried many brands and different flavors. But most of them have ingredients I wouldn’t put in my protein bars – like refined sugar, artificial flavors, and refined oils. It is hard to find a good protein bar and even the ones I have found are not that good. They are are a good alternative to when you are really craving something sweet and somewhat healthy. But let’s face it – the protein bars they sell are tiny, overpriced and nothing like the homemade ones!
That is why I came up with this recipe so I could customize it to my taste. Also, I could enjoy not just one protein bar a day! Like most recipes, you can substitute some ingredients to ones you like better, you can more nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
These came out gooey, not too sweet and delicious. They stick together well and they don’t crumble. And the optional glaze on top makes you feel like you are having a decadent piece of brownie. I like keeping them in the fridge so they are nice and cold. (Also, if they stay on my countertop I can’t stop eating them, so I have to keep them out of sight!)
So take a look at my recipe and enjoy!
Chocolate protein bars
For the base
- 1 & 1/2 cup oats grounded
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp carob powder
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp maca
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp himalayan salt
- 20 dates soaked in hot water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
For the glaze
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp honey or agave or maple syrup optional
- First, soak your dates in some hot water so they soften up and they are easy to blend. Set aside.While they are soaking, grind your oats and sunflower seeds to a fine flour. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to your oats and sunflower seeds.About 5-10 minutes lates, your dates will be ready and you can blend them together with the coconut oil.Add this to your dry mixture. You will also need to add some of the water you soaked your dates in.Mix well. The mixture should be sticky but not too wet or too dry. Grease your baking pan with some coconut oil and spread the mixture evenly.For the yummy glaze, mix your coconut oil, cacao powder, and sweetener of choice. Spread this over your bars and put them in the fridge for a couple of hours. After that cut them into squares