No-Bake Raw Energy Protein Bars

Utterly delicious, these quick and easy, 100% vegan, raw protein bars are the perfect energy snack to store in the refrigerator. (Yes it’s proven, my husband loves them). If you are allergic to peanut butter, you can replace the ingredients with nut-free ones like sunflower seeds. I used an unsweetened protein powder and opted to throw in some organic Agave maple syrup for sweetener.

Feel free to make it in bars or roll it into a ball. I melted and smothered the tops with unsweetened Carob chips as well which is very optional. My husband is quite the picky eater so I have to make snacks delectable and fun for him to enjoy it too since I’m introducing him to a whole new idea of healthy eating.

Serving: 35 small bites (Loacker Quadratini sizes) or 12 bars

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup unsweetened vegan protein powder (I use Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Pea Protein)

1/2 cup rice crisp cereal (I love Field Day Organic’s Golden Rice Crisps)

1/2 teaspoon fine grain Himalayan salt, to taste

1/2 cup natural peanut/ almond/ sunflower butter (depending on your preference or dietary requirements)

1/2 cup pure maple syrup 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of  chips (I enjoy Sunspire’s Unsweetened Carob Chips for baking; this by the way is optional)

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Prepare an 8 x 8 square pan with wax or parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Blend the rolled oats to turn it into oat flour.
  3. In a large bowl, gently mix the blended oats, protein powder, rice crisp and salt.
  4. Optional: If you want the mixture to have that coconut flavour into the bar itself, add in the coconut oil onto the bowl. 
  5. Add in the vanilla, (nut or seed) butter and maple syrup. Stir well and gently to combine.
  6. Press the mixture onto the prepared pan. Roll and smoothen out with a pastry roller (or a spatula if you don’t have one).
  7. Freezer time. Chill for about 10 minutes.

Optional Coconut – Chocolate Layer:

  1. While freezing the bars, prepare a small pot and turn to low heat.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and the coconut oil. 
  3. Once half of the chips have melted, remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Stir the choco-coconut mix until smooth.

Optional Grounded Chocolate Layer:

  1. While freezing the bars, prepare a small pot and turn to low heat.
  2. Ground and powderize the chocolate chips. 
  3. Once half of the chips have been grounded, remove the pot from the heat.

Post Freezing:

  1. After bar freezer time for 10 minutes, take the pan out of the freezer and slice into bites of about 30-35. You can opt to slice it into bars too, it should yield about 12 bars total.
  2. If you opted for chocolate layers:
    • Coconut-chocolate drizzle:
      1. Generously drizzle the melted mix onto the bites/ bars that have been cut. 
      2. Freeze again until it has set.
    • Grounded Chocolate:
      1. Generously spread the powderized chocolate over the bars. Press firmly so they will stick to the bars.
      2. Freeze again until it has set. 
  3. Store in the refrigerator for about a week or longer in an air-tight container. 

Tips & Tricks

  • I used a soft spatula to gently “roll” the ingredients together in the bowl. I wanted to maintain the rice cereals crispiness to add that crunch into the bites.
  • If the mixture (during the bowl “rolling”) is dry, try to add in a little milk and mix again. Since I (and my husband) am lactose intolerant, non-dairy milk is what we use at home. For the ingredients used though, I didn’t add in the milk.
  • You can also add in chia seeds into the mixture. I missed to include that in this mix but I usually add in chia to almost everything I eat. 

I can’t wait to find out what other ingredients you’ve added from this base protein mix. Let me know by commenting below!

Love and light,

Estimated nutritional information based on (vegan) ingredients used:

Calories: 147 calories (per bar size)
Total Carbohydrates: 19.8 g
Fat: 5.2 g
Protein: 6.1 g
Sodium: 91.6 mg
Potassium: 43.4 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sugar: 7.1 g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 1.9%
Iron: 8.7%

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