Vegan High-Protein Bars with Chocolate Protein Powder

Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, All Natural

I love Naked bars. They taste like heaven to me.

The only issue I have is that they give me headaches, they’re so sweet and calorific that eating one costs me 16g of sugar and only gives me 2g of protein in their amazingly beautiful; Bakewell tart bar. Even their Cocoa-orange bar only offers 3.9g of protein but it comes with the most calories and second highest for fat!

I want a treat that will taste good but also do me some good too.

Time for me to don my apron and get back in the kitchen for a recipe development I’d say! These vegan bites were expanded over a few weeks, I originally had more protein but also around 9g of sugar in them but for me. I’d rather sacrifice a tiny bit of flavour and save on the sugar!

I’ll give you both alternatives as they both taste great and you can pick a team.

Simply Vegan Protein Bites

 This is crazily simple;

You’d expect a recipe with this many ingredients it’s going to take you a while but it actually takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

All you have to do is blend your banana, prunes and pea protein and vegan protein in a blender with 200ml of water. Once this is smooth add this to a large bowl (not a small jug like I did!). Mix this with all of your other ingredients and combine by hand.

Next, spread this on a baking parchment to about 1.5″ thick and the size of a baking pan.

Bake for around 25 minutes on GM6, it should feel dry and, as it’s made with water, it will have steamed in the oven and have come away from the pan by a few mm’s. Once it feels hard on the outside and barely springs back it will be ready, It can take from 20-35 minutes so you will have to keep checking (it depends on how much water the mix takes). Leave it to cool inside the pan before cutting, this should take around 30 minutes.

Cut into 12 pieces and store in a Tupperware container or, like I do. Freeze them, these are so nice frozen!

Tip: If you have some cocoa drizzle or chocolate why not dip or decorate these?

Nutritional information.

Serves 12 |  110 Calories per serving – 12.2 carbs – 3.1g fat – 9.1g protein

After having a huge massive tiny, fallout with my mother about these vegan bites and her claiming these are not ‘human food’ after she swiped one before I could take photos of them. She said they tasted chalky, dry and had no sweetness in them at all ‘like cardboard’. I think she’s wrong (and so does my fussy brother but he’s vegetarian/vegan too). She’s right though, they do not taste like a ‘rocky road’ or a chocolate biscuit. They don’t taste overly sweet, they do taste like nuts & pumpkin seeds and a hint of cocoa.

I should state that these have no added; Fat, sugar or flavourings. They’re Gluten-Free & Vegan.

They’re all natural with no added nasties and made for a vegan diet. I am not appealing to the general public with these, these are specific to people who want a low-sugar, high protein treat without sacrifice.

For me, these are a treat. They’re something that tastes good that doesn’t cost me a full workout to enjoy (they actually enhance my daily intake of fats, protein and fibre and we all know how important fibre is!). These little bites are nutty; chewy, sweet and above all – healthy! They taste like a nice healthy food, similar to a trek bar and you don’t have to worry about eating them, as all your food should be!

Simply Vegan Bites (for my mum)

  •  200g Oats
  • 100g Protein
  • 40g Pea Protein
  • 40g Chopped mixed nuts
  • 60g Mixed Fruit
  • 2.5 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 Banana
  • 10 Prunes
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • – 100ml of water
  • -50ml Orange or even cranberry juice

Tip: If you use cranberry you should add 2tbsp of sugar to enhance the flavour.

Method:

The same as above! – These are more of a dessert type treat, much sweeter and denser. In my opinion, they’re much tastier too!

Tip: Freeze these after baking, the sweetener flavour changes completely once it’s frozen and you can defrost them naturally or in the microwave and they’re perfectly fine!

Nutritional information.

Serves 12 |  183 Calories per serving – 22.7 carbs – 5.4 Fat – 13.8 Protein

The point is, I can have either of the alternatives, they’re both low fat and low carb and include a fair amount of protein but which serves me better at certain times of the day depends on how I feel. I typically eat one of these after a light dinner if I need a sweet treat.

It’s always best to have the choice.

I hope you find a great balance of carbs and protein in your day and enjoy the little moments where you don’t have to think about your macros or intake. Eat healthily, eat happy!

 

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4 Comments

  1. 07/05/2017 / 6:18 pm

    These look like great power-boost bars that can easily be bulk prepared and can last a while, great recipe! Maybe alongside the chopped mixed nuts you could also add some almond and perhaps some cherries would give that slightly sweeter flavour your Mother was after!

    • 07/05/2017 / 6:31 pm

      The new ones I’m making this week will have cranberries for a pop of colour and extra nutrients but my mum wasn’t supposed to be eating them (she stole one – naughty lady).
      Thanks for the tips!

  2. 06/05/2017 / 5:29 pm

    Ohh yes, these look good and I love the idea of eating them frozen too. Mich x

  3. Rachel
    06/05/2017 / 4:18 pm

    These sound like a great alternative. My husband just walked from coast to coast along Hadriand Wall – he would have loved these

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