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Protein Power Bars -this whole foods, protein rich bar is perfect for a school holiday or after school snack & great for hungry teens. Intolerance friendly too.
5 from 15 votes

Protein Power Bars

These Protein Power Bars as really simple to make and a healthy, delicious snack to keep in the freezer for hungry kids (or adults). They are really sustaining and sure to become a favourite treat. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter or coconut oil -melted
  • 170 g rice malt syrup or honey (½ cup)
  • 30 g cacao (¼ cup) unsweetened Dutch process or raw
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 130 g rolled oats ( cups approx.) or rolled quinoa (or half oats, half rolled quinoa - see below for gluten and grain-free)
  • 230 g raw nuts and/or seeds ( cups approx.) I used walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds -preferably ground
  • 100 g desiccated coconut (1 cup)

Instructions

  • In a small pot, combine the butter or coconut oil, sweetener, cacao and cinnamon over a low heat, stirring until combined (a few minutes).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix together until well combined.
  • Use a big wet serving spoon to press firmly into a small slice tin lined with baking paper.
  • Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  • Once set, remove from the tin and cut into squares.

Thermomix Method

  • Melt your butter or coconut oil, 1 minute, speed 4, temp. 90. Add the sweetener, cacao and cinnamon and mix 1 minute, speed 4, temp. 90.
  • 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).
  • Follow from step 5 above.

Store

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

Notes

Dairy-free

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.

Vegan

Choose rice malt or maple syrup as your sweetener. Use coconut oil instead of butter.

Nut-free

Use only seeds. For 150 pages of nut-free recipes, take a look at my super popular ebook 'The Well Nourished Lunchbox'. Click HERE to find out more and read the rave reviews.

Coconut-free

Replace the desiccated coconut with the same quantity or nut meal.

Cacao-free

Replace the cacao with carob powder.

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