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Almond Butter Chia Bars

Vacation time! The slower (yet still very busy) part of my summer is over, and from now on is pretty go go go, and the go go go-ing. I’m typing this on a boat on my way to Canada from Seattle.

Yay, airports. Traveling. New places. Always tons of vegan options, right? And all fairly priced? Yeah. No. So you kind of have to plan a little bit. On Monday I threw together these super easy bars, just four ingredients, vegan, paleo, and no added sugars. This was my breakfast this morning 🙂

You only need four ingredients:

  • Dates
  • Almonds
  • Almond butter
  • Chia seeds

For this recipe, I used one package of dates (around 12 oz), 1/2 cup of almonds, 4 tbs almond butter, and 1/4 cup of chia seeds to make 8 bars.

To make:

  1. Put all ingredients in your food processor.
  2. Process until you have a soft, crumbly dough.
  3. Press into an 8 by 8 pan- you may want to line with parchment paper. Use the bottom of a cup to compact the bars as much as possible.
  4. Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.
  5. Cut bars, store in beeswax wraps. Keeps best in the fridge- otherwise, they’re still fine but a bit crumbly.

Happy baking!!!

Peanut Butter Protein Oatmeal

DSC08916This peanut butter oatmeal is loaded with 15 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, and only 4 grams of sugar and is vegan, gluten-free, and easy to throw together.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, gluten-free if needed
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs PB2 powder
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seeds, ground
  • stevia to taste

Prepare oatmeal as usual, using 1 cup of almond milk instead of water. Mix in additional almond milk and other ingredients after cooking, and enjoy!

Nutrition: 340 calories, 13 g fat, 30 g carbs (14 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 15 g protein.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Bars

I used to be the Protein Bar Princess. The Clif bar Queen. The Lady of Lärabars. Her Grace of Granola… you get the picture. They’re tasty! They’re convenient! They’re vegan! And they’re healthy, right? Right? Okay, maybe not. Maybe they’re full of sugar, and super wasteful.

I started looking into different recipes for homemade protein bars, but they were either expensive and tasted disgusting, or tasted amazing but comprised primarily of dates, nature’s sugar overload. Not quite what I was looking for. So, with hard work, determination, and some work from my valiant taste tester, I found a tasty, no-bake style bar that’s almost perfect. It can (and will) use some tinkering, but the results are still post- worthy.

I like to wrap these in my small abeego beeswax wraps and store them in the fridge like that, so they’re ready to go to class (even when I’m not).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Bars

  • 2 tbs cacao powder
  • 1.5 tbs chia seeds
  • .25 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 13 pitted dates
  • 3 tbs natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbs PB2 powder, prepared
  • 1 tbs raw honey

In a food processor, mix all ingredients until a dough forms press into 8 individual muffin tins. Let sit in fridge until set, at least an hour. Store in the fridge.

Nutrition: 120 calories, 14.5 g carbs (4 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 5.6 g fat, 4 g protein