Something about having a protein smoothie in the morning really starts the day off on the right foot. Being completely honest there sometimes isn’t enough time to simply put fruit, ice, coconut milk, and protein powder in a blender for 3 minutes! So what’s a girl to do in a situation like this? Invent a recipe for no-bake vegan protein bars, of course!
A glance throughout the kitchen told me that I had all of the ingredients on hand. The dates are good fiber, protein, and sugar. The almond butter gives omega-3’s which are good for heart health. Oats are also great fiber that will give you fuel to burn throughout the morning. The coconut and strawberries provide great flavor and will help the dry ingredients bind together to form bars. Lastly, the coffee and protein powders are added to wake you up and start feeding your muscles the energy they need to get moving.
Ingredients (serves 6):
2 (1.15oz) Packets Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
1 Cup Chopped Strawberries
1 Cup(packed) Medjool Dates
2 Tbsp. Instant Coffee
2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (We use and LOVE Sunwarrior)
1 Cup Oats
Unsweetened coconut (to garnish)
Remove the pits from the dates and finely chop them. It’s important to chop them as much as possible so the food processor isn’t working too hard.
Add dates and almond butter to food processor. Process until almond butter and dates stick together. *You can add the strawberries here.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl before adding to food processor.
Add dry ingredients to food processor and mix until well blended. *I was having an issue with the dry ingredients binding with the date/nut butter mixture, so I decided to add a cup of chopped strawberries in here.
Transfer mixture into a brownie/bread pan or cupcake tin. To make sure that the mixture does not stick to the pan, line it with parchment paper. Refrigerate for an hour.
Remove from refrigerator and cut into 6 bars.
These bars did exactly what I was hoping they would do. They woke us up and gave us the energy we needed to get through the morning. There are endless combinations of fruits and nuts that can be substituted too. What are some nuts and fruits you would swap out? Let me know in the comments below!
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