Homemade Protein Bars

Any form of baking or cooking that is homemade is great! Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to experiment with different flavours and textures, to utilise seasonal produce or to experience a form of therapy, but it is a way of knowing exactly what ingredients you are consuming and putting into your body. It is a way of taking ownership for your health and well-being.

Although more nutritionally dense and healthy foods are gaining greater appreciation and use within today’s society, there are still many foods that we are consuming that do not benefit our health. These foods are commercially made, consisted of trans and saturated fats, sugar, salt, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, all to provide a delicious, mouth-watering taste. Causing us consumers to return for more!

I understand and appreciate that at times it proves more convenient to purchase and consume such foods, as life becomes chaotic, there is little time to cook or bake, we might require a “pick-me-up” or something delectable to treat ourselves with after a difficult day endured. Also, these foods are financially affordable, which is pleasing to the human eye and thought process. Yes, eating well can prove to be more expensive, but it does not have to be long term if such is accomplished strategically and I am all about reducing costs whilst maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle beginning with diet.

Diet is first and foremost the main component to sound health. Without adequate nutrition we fail to function optimally, not being able to live the life we desire.

Remember, your health is your wealth. No price can be placed on your well-being. Therefore, next time you are contemplating what to eat for a snack, think sagaciously about how the food will affect your body. Of course, delight in treats every so often, goodness you are only human! Everything in moderation is key as we must keep life fun, vibrant and enjoyable and food provides us with that.

Therefore, I ADORE these homemade protein bars as they are a fantastic way to use organic and nutritionally dense foods which can be made to last for weeks! (Although, they tend to disappear rather quickly). Bulk meal prepping is a comforting way to know that one needn’t splurge on too many organic ingredients daily or weekly!

These Protein Bars provide a natural and balanced source of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates to fuel you after a workout or as a delicious morning or afternoon snack. Enjoy and savour these bars as they will leave you feeling nourished.

Love, thoughts and hugs always,
Maddie x

*Ingredients:

– 1-2 tablespoons organic cacao powder
– ½ – 1 cup of cacao nibs
– ½ cup of buckwheat groats
– 4 cups of organic oats (Can also use gluten free oats if you have a gluten intolerance)
– ½ cup peanut butter (You can use whichever nut butter you desire)
– 32 small dates
– ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk
– ¼ cup of chia seeds
– 2-3 scoops of desired protein powder (Generally vanilla flavoured and plant based)

*Method:

1. Submerge dates in boiling water to allow to soften for ten minutes in a bowl.
2. In a separate, larger bowl, combine the oats, cacao powder, cacao nibs, buckwheat, chia seeds and protein powder.
3. Place the peanut butter in the microwave or over the stove in a saucepan until the peanut butter turns into a gooey liquid. Be careful not to overheat as the peanut butter will harden.
4. Drain the dates. Using the back of a fork, mash the dates into a paste.
5. Add the peanut butter, dates and almond milk to the dry ingredients.
6. Fold all ingredients together until the mixture is well combined. Can add more almond milk or water if the mixture is too dry as if the mixture is not well formed, the protein bars will not form and crumble.
7. Place mixture into a rectangular shaped oven tray / tin lined with baking / parchment paper.
8. Ensure the mixture is spread evenly in the tin.
9. Cover with tinfoil and place in the refrigerator for two hours or overnight.
10. Cut into rectangles or squares and store in an airtight container or wrap individually for an on-the-go snack.

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