I found this super awesome superfood powder that’s a great addition to smoothies, shakes and BARS! I just started making my own superfood protein bars because there is so much random crap found in store bought bars.
I love snacks. Like a lot! I usually eat a pretty big breakfast, lunch and dinner because when you eat a plant based diet, you find that you can actually eat a lot more food without feeling icky or overly full! I still have room for a snack or two throughout the day especially in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
These superfood protein bars are packed with plant protein and tons of superfoods that will give your body a huge kick of energy in a tiny little package! The first time I made them, they turned out a little dry since I altered the original recipe; I used 1/4 Cup of coconut oil instead of 1 Cup (that’s a lot of oil people)!! I replaced it with almond butter since that naturally has some oils in it.
I hope you enjoy these bars just as much as do! They are so perfectly perfect for your afternoon power up snack! 🙂
Superfood Protein Bars
First thing’s first, make sure you have all of the ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/4 Cup Superfood Blend: This is the one I used
- 2 Scoops Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder: Try Vega Protein or Orgain Protein
- 4 Cups Rolled Oats
- 1 Cup Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
- 1 Cup Craisins
- 1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup Agave Nectar
- 2 Cups Almond Butter (just almonds in the ingredients)
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (liquid/melted)
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix the dry ingredients together in a very large bowl. Like bigger than you think! THE BIGGEST ONE YOU HAVE! I made the mistake of using a slightly smaller bowl and it was a very difficult mixing process later… oops!
Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet on top of the dry and start mixing! Use a strong spoon or spatula to mix at first, then you’ll probably just want to dig your hand in there and get it all evenly mixed! It’s always more fun this way anyways, right?
Lastly press & slice! Make sure they are pressed very well! This won’t work well unless you have the wet stuff evenly distributed. If you find that the mixture is a little dry, you need more almond butter. Go back to the bowl and add some more! It might be a hassle to do this, but trust me, dry bars are not as yummy!
THE BEST PART ABOUT THESE BARS!!
This is a personal share that I’m super grateful for and really excited about! So, as of right now (February 2017) I have been vegan for exactly 6 months. And sharing my journey through this blog has been such a big part of why I love this new lifestyle choice so much!
Here’s the update: these bars basically turned my husband vegan!
Okay, that’s not 100% true, but they have been an awesome little treat that he has been loving! He has always been so supportive, ever since day one of my transition, and I love him even more for that. For the past 6 months, he continued to eat your typical “healthy diet” consisting of lots of chicken and eggs along with rice, beans and other yummy plant based foods.
I recently expressed my thoughts to him about the documentary Food Choices (super awesome and everyone should stop what they are doing and watch it now). He respectfully showed interest and I thought that was going to be the end of that.
Just this week, he came home from a business trip and said that he took the time to watch Food Choices on the plane! He made the choice to watch it himself and learn more about the plant based diet!! 🙂 He requested help making his lunches vegan this week and offered to help prep some vegan dinners with me!
So these bars did not actually turn him vegan, but that have been a staple in his new found plant based diet that he has been LOVING!!
People need to make their own choices on their own time. Instead of forcing change upon your loved ones, show them how your life has been affected by changing your diet! They will see all the positive impacts and do some learning of their own. Then when they are ready, they will make the jump themselves.
Remember, change is scary for some people and everyone is different when it comes to their health journey. This recipe is just one of many that will help you show people how amazing a plant based diet can be! Check out some of my other recipes and nutrition tips for more yummies and good vibes!
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