It’s homemade vegan protein bars! I got tired of paying close to $2 a piece for conventional bars/glorified protein powder in a chocolaty casing. My entire family is on a exercise and protein kick, and I felt that $24 a week per person was tossing money in the trash. Besides, I don’t need a fancy wrapper to make me feel better about myself, I need high doses of protein!
These are great as a meal replacement, or cut up into 1 inch chunks make an amazing snack. Also perfect for hiking, long bike rides and such, just make sure to keep them in a separate baggie, as the chocolaty goodness gets a bit messy. Then, lick the chocolate sensually off your digits.
-4 cups oats
-1/2 cup golden ground flax
-10 scoops vegan protein powder, I used “Alive”-Vanilla by Nature’s Way
-3/4 cup hot water
-2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
-egg replacer for 3 eggs
-3 cups vegan chocolate chips
-2 cups unsalted mixed nuts (I used raw walnuts and raw almonds)
-1 cup vegan caramel (optional)
Place the first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add the egg replacer (mixed with the appropriate amount of water, this varies by brand) and mix well. Spoon the mixture in the bottom of a shallow sheet pan lined with wax paper or saran wrap, this ensures an easy clean up.
Press the the crispy rice cereal into the mixture, then add the nuts pressing them well into the oat mixture. Drizzle the caramel over the nuts, and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
Freeze until cool.
Meanwhile melt the chocolate chips with a double boiler method. Fill a pot with water, and find a bowl that easily fits on top. The steam from the boiling water below will melt the chocolate chips with an even heat, not burning them.
Once the bars are cooled and solid, drizzle the melted chocolate over the bottom layers and smooth with the back of the spoon. Feel free to add more chocolate for a thicker top layer, if you are looking for more of a candy bar than a protein bar.
Freeze until hard
To cut, using a long sharp knife cut 1 inch by 4 inch long bars and store in the freezer. I also cut small 1 inch chunks to keep as snacks in a tupperware.