Add Some Protein to Your Snacks

When it comes to cravings, I know (at least for me) it’s hard to resist temptation- but that’s what makes homemade recipes so much fun! One of my favorite things to do is develop recipes to solve an issue- like my cravings! I aim to create sweets that are dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. IF I’m on the go and need a quick snack, I try to focus on higher healthy fats and protein for satiety. These raw AB&J protein bars are perfect to solve any of these issues and even awesome for some post-workout fuel! What makes this recipe even better is that they’re very easy to modify and make your own! The original recipe calls for GF (gluten-free) sprouted oats, but sometimes I substitute that for almond flour + unflavored protein powder to make them grain-free. You can customize with different nuts/seeds, free dried or fresh organic berries, flavors, and seasonings. All you need is a food processor!

Raw AB&J Protein Bars Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf tin full of bars

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 4-5 small pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 15 mins)
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup almond flour (or GF rolled oats)
  • ¼ cup plant protein powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  •  1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water
  •  ¾ cup freeze-dried strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, minus the freeze-dried strawberries- you’ll use these last. Less is more when it comes to the water! Start out small and ass as needed to get the mixture to fully combine.
  2. Pulse (but not too long because you still want those chunks of nuts, but enough to form a dough-like consistency).
  3. Add in freeze-dried strawberries and pulse once more.
  4. Prepare a loaf tin or deep dish by pressing down parchment paper into the base.
  5. Press AB&J dough mixture over the parchment paper with a silicone spatula until even. Sprinkle on some more freeze-dried strawberries and hemp seeds, and gently press down.
  6. Refrigerate/freeze for 2-3 hours
  7. Remove and slice into bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for an easy snack or dessert.

Written by Alexis Montgomery with contributions from https://rachaelsgoodeats.com/raw-paleo-abj-protein-bars/

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