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Protein Power Bars

This is a great school holiday slice for you to whip up for, or with the kids. It’s super simple, no-bake and chocolatey good! A great treat to keep on hand for sweet loving teens (or little kids).

Health benefits
Oats are a nourishing, high fibre, nerve supporting food. The nuts, seeds and coconut provide good fats, protein and energy (of the slow release kind). The cinnamon further stabilises blood sugars and the cacao is antioxidant.  If you choose the gluten and grain-free version, the protein content increases.

Ingredients
150g of butter (or coconut oil), melted
170g (½ cup) of sweetener (rice malt syrup or raw honey)
30g (¼ cup) of raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
130g (1½ cups approx.) rolled oats or rolled quinoa (or half oats, half rolled quinoa – see below for gluten and grain-free)
230g (1½ cups approx.) of your choice of raw nuts and/or seeds (I used walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds)
1 heaped tablespoon of chia or flax seeds, preferably ground
80g (1 cup) desiccated or shredded coconut

 

Method

  1. In a small pot, combine the butter, sweetener, cacao and cinnamon over a low heat, stirring until combined (a few minutes).
  2. For a tastier slice, toast the oats, nuts, seeds and coconut in a large pan over a low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring often (the coconut will colour).  Or if you’d prefer, simply combine the dried ingredients raw.
  3. Allow to cool a little (if you’ve chosen to toast) and then pulse (quickly) in your food processor a couple of times to chop the nuts a little.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and mix together until well combined.
  5. Use a big wet serving spoon to press firmly into a small slice tin lined with baking paper.
  6. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  7. Once set, remove from the tin and cut into squares.

Thermomix Method

  1. Melt your butter, 1 minute, speed 4, temp. 90. Add the sweetener, cacao and cinnamon and mix 1 minute, speed 4, temp. 90.
  2. Add the dried mix, mix 10 seconds, speed 4. Then process by using the turbo button to pulse a couple of times until the nuts are roughly chopped (to your preferred consistency).
  3. Follow from step 5 above.

Variations
Dairy-free and vegan
Use coconut oil instead of butter.

Gluten and grain-free
Replace the oats with rolled quinoa and/ or millet.

Low-fructose
Choose the rice malt syrup instead of honey.

Nut-free
Use only seeds.

Store
Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. They will fall apart if not kept cool (especially the dairy-free version) so serve or pack from frozen and keep in a container with an icepack if storing out of the fridge.

 

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  • Heather

    Yum! Made it just now and quite a bit didn’t ever make it to the freezer! Thanks for another great recipe, Georgia.

    • You’re very welcome Heather – thanks for taking the time to write me feedback. Really please you enjoyed them G x

  • Lisette

    Sounds yum. Could you bake this to make it more lunch box friendly in hot weather?

  • No it’s designed as a ‘no bake’ Lisette – for a baked slice this recipe is better recipe http://wellnourished.com.au/healthy-chocolate-coconut-slice/

  • Katie

    Oh dear these are a bit TOO good Georgia! Having them in the freezer is no help at all either!! They taste better from the freezer. I even tried cutting them into smaller squares with the thought that should I be tempted to go back to the freezer again, it was ok to have a second little square (and a third, and a fourth…who am I kidding?) I love them! They are a big hit with my teens and my 10 yr old too. It’s great to have something healthy (but sweet!) they can grab when they come home from school.

    • Thanks so much for your feedback Katie – maybe I should have posted a warning with these -lol! Glad the kids like them too G x

  • Leah

    I just made this and like all your recipes, it’s delicious!
    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site. We cook at least one of your recipes each week. Thank you so much.
    Leah

  • Di

    OMG these are sooooo good. My 4 year old is begging for more and I’m saying no while sneaking yet another piece into my mouth behind his back lol.

    • Hilarious Di, I’ve been guilty of this before too. Thanks for your feedback G x

  • Rita

    Thanks so much for another great recipe Georgia! Made a nut free version for the kids lunch box today and both have given it a massive thumbs up. It sort of reminds me of a hedgehog, what grandma normally makes with Marie biscuits and condensed milk (which my kids love as well) – but yours is a thousand times more nourishing!

    • Thanks Rita for your feedback. Yep, know what you mean re the hedgehog. Glad the kids liked them G x

  • Bec

    Georgia I just want to say a heartfelt thank you. You and your recipes are truly inspiring and oh so delicious. I have cooked everything on here and my family and I have loved every bite. Your website is the first I turn to before I cook as I know each recipe is easy to follow, has whole ingredients but most importantly tastes delicious. I have purchased your e-book (and am making my way though that too) but thought I really should write to say thank you xxx
    Bec

    • Oh thanks so much Bec. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your feedback – it means a lot to me to know that my recipes are enjoyed by others (and not just my family). Thanks also for supporting my work by purchasing my ebook G x

    • Nicole

      I second this comment word for word. Love all your food and substitutes. Ebook is great, I just want more. Thank you G, you are amazing.

      • Thanks so much Nicole, new ebook is not to far away and I’m so excited to share it G x

  • Lauren McMartin

    These are amazing. Only found your website last night. Very excited to try some more recipes.

    • Glad you’ve found my site too Lauren. Enjoy and thanks for your comment G x

  • Joe

    These are great. Started making then on the weekend and have already made 3 lots of it.

  • Yarrow

    These are fantastic for the afternoon slump and a regular favourite at our house! Great for this breastfeeding mama too. I just wanted to share that this time when I made them I reduced the honey to 1/2 a cup and they still held together. I find they can be a bit too sweet, and I’m a sweet tooth!

    Thank you again for your amazing recipes. I have broth bubbling on the stove and trying your chicken and bacon meatloaf for dinner…..yummy yum yum…. You have enriched and nourished my whole family through your simple, delicious, wholistic approach to food. Bless

    • Thanks so much Yarrow – yes I only cook with rice malt syrup which is a lot less sweet. I generally note that honey is a lot sweeter but seem to have missed it on this one (i’ll correct that now).
      So pleased you are enjoying my recipes though, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. G x

  • Mahité

    Hi Georgia — I was wondering, do you think I could reduce the amount of rice syrup and add, maybe, some nut or seed butter to help it still stick together? I love sweets and love to offer them to my boys, but I try to keep is as low as possible (I usually cut half the sweetener in everything I bake. Just wondering. Thanks!!! Love your recipes, as always – as a funny note, let me say, though, that for seasonal timing, your posts (when they refer to season) always come 6 months late or early to us in Canada !!! We get the winter recipes in summer and gorgeous salad in winter ! 🙂

    • Hi Mahite – yes definitely. I think they would be fine just reducing it, just taste the batter and adjust. I know the seasonal thing is a bugger. I’m not very savvy at this website thing, but my overseas following is growing rapidly so I might have to look at scheduling posts to suit your season more. Leave it with me, on my to-do list G x

  • Kath

    These are brilliant…perfect for some extra energy for my son for his after school sporting activities. I reduced the rice malt syrup to 150g – they still held together & sliced really well once cold & tasted great (my kids & I are used to reduced sugar though). I also used sunflower seeds & pepitas plus the ground flaxseeds so they were nut free for school. My 7 & 4 year olds both love them! I popped some straight into a ziplock bag and into the freezer – perfect! Thanks for a fantastic recipe 🙂

    • Yay, glad you all like them and thanks for sharing your variations Kath, it’s a pretty versatile recipe this one G x

  • Rachel

    Even hubby liked these! WIN!! Quick and easy. 🙂 Keep up the inspirational work!

    • Second to winning over kids is winning over husbands! Thanks Rachel, G x

  • Alexandra Lambert

    Hi ! We have lots of unflavoured whey protein powder to use… Do you think it would be appropriate to add some to these bars ? By the way, I just discovered your site yesterday and have already tried so many recipes, I love them all! (I also have a batch of the coconut slice in the oven right now 🙂 … yay!)

    • You certainly could (I think I recall someone saying that they had), just play with the consistency (you may need a little more liquid). Glad you are enjoying my site G x

  • I made these last weekend as my daughter wanted something “special” from the cupboard. These are the ones she chose when we went through your recipes. Of course your site is one of my all time favourite places to look for something to bake/make. She loves them, even if there’s an “in-and-out” questionable thing going on there, she still goes back to them and they’ve been going in her lunchbox all week. She’s also been choosing them as a snack after dinner which is lovely. I’ve also been choosing them as my go to snack and feel so good for it! Very tasty!!! I might even try adding some dates/ raisins in next time. And seeing as she’s quite fussy about texture, I really blended the nuts and because she helped, I let her stick her head over as they were roasting so she could get that lingering yummy smell and know where that “taste” was coming from once she started eating them. 🙂

    • Ahh beautiful, such a great idea to develop her senses with having her smell the seeds as they toast – awesome tip, thanks for sharing G x

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