These are great after a workout — or with a cup of tea in the morning. I discovered these protein-rich bars in my brief stint as a vegan when I was desperately seeking new vegan-friendly sources of protein. And it turns out that they taste good too — I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t like them (well, they haven’t told me anyways). Easy to make but you will need a food processor. Best kept refrigerated and eaten cold. Makes about 25 bars.
- 2 C almonds
- 1/2 C. ground flax seed
- 1/2 C. dried fruit (e.g. raisins, apricots or prunes)
- 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 C. peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 C. coconut oil
- 1 T. maple syrup
- 3 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 C. cocoa powder (optional)
- Place first 6 ingredients in food processor and blend until an even but coarse mixture
- In a large pot, melt the coconut oil over low heat, then add in vanilla and maple syrup
- Pour in the nut mixture and cocoa powder, and stir to blend
- Press into an 8xx pan and chill until firm (about an hour)
- Once firm, cut into small squares. Place in sealed container and keep refrigerated.
- Almond butter can be substituted for peanut butter — it’s all about the flavor. I prefer peanut butter, but Bobby likes almond butter (so of course, I usually make them with almond butter)
- I use raw, organic sprouted almonds – I’ve heard these are the best for you.
- Without the cocoa powder, these bars have a stronger nut flavor. If I’m not adding cocoa, I use peanut butter because flavor is more complex
- My go-to dried fruit is raisins. For a tarter flavor, try apricots.
- The original recipe suggested an option to spread melted chocolate on top of the hardened bars. Sounds delicious but I haven’t tried it yet; as they are, I can sort of call them “health food” although maybe a little dark chocolate would be good! Next time.
All credit goes to another blogger — LiveLoveLaugh at wordpress — but the site is no longer public. So, with my thanks to this anonymous blogger for one of my favorite sweet protein snack.