3-4 ingredients DIY plant-based protein bars featuring my favorite small-batch Paleo granola!
Disclosure: I have eaten a disturbing amount of Go Macro and Rx Bars the past few years. And I am grateful to have nourishing on-the-go options created my passionate small business owners.
That being said, when I have the time and ingredients to make my own – I prefer to go that route. One of my 2020 intentions is to produce less waste and homemade snacks is a simple and delicious way to do just that. Also, if you’re reading this in 2020, you know that grocery stores are a battlefield during this “stay home” phase, so the more we become self-sufficient with meals and snacks the better 😉
I could have kept it basic with 3 main ingredients in these Grain Free Vegan Protein Bars, however, I love the salty and slightly sweet flavor and chewy texture of my favorite local granola aka Within Without. The Maple Pecan flavor spoke to me as my two favorite packaged protein bars are also maple flavored. And I must mention that this amazing paleo granola has transformed my yogurt bowls, smoothies + cereal in the best way possible!
So if healthy, tasty, satiating, plant-based snacks are a staple in your life, challenge yourself to make this SUPER EASY, low-waste version to satisfy your future sweet snack cravings! FYI: I love mine right out of the freezer and they will stay fresh for months this way 😉
Maple Nut RX-Style protein bars (Grain-free, egg-free, vegan)
1 c soft pitted dates
1/4 c almond or pecan butter (I use homemade mixed nut butter)
5-6 tbsp vanilla (or chai) protein powder (I like Ora Organics) add more or less depending on consistency of dates and nut butter
1/3-1/2 c Within Without Maple Pecan Granola
Optional: 2-3 tbsp chopped toasted pecans
Blend dates and nut butter in a food processor to form a paste.
Add the protein powder and blend to combine.
Stir in granola and pecans (if using)
Press into a parchment-lined shallow glass dish.
Refrigerate for a few hours before cutting. Another idea is to scoop into mounds with a small portion scoop or spoon for smaller portions.
These will keep at room temperature for 1-2 days or 2 weeks in the fridge.
*Note: for a firmer more classic “protein bar texture” add a few additional tablespoons of protein powder or 1/2 tbsp coconut flour