These energy and protein packed Chocolate Almond Chia Protein Bars are an incredibly easy snack full of wholesome ingredients – no baking required!
The one processed snack I will probably never be able to give up are protein bars. They’re just so darn convenient, usually delicious AF, and do the trick of wrangling my mega hunger pangs until it’s time for a more substantial meal. Anyone else agree? Though I make my best attempt to eat a mostly whole foods plant based diet, I always keep a handful of protein bars on hand. You know, for those moments you just gotta grab somethin’ and get the eff going.
What I tend to forget far too often, though, is how easy is it to make protein bars at home! With ingredients you know and choose in your own, custom, protein bar designer, style. How fancy!
I must admit that my S.O. is the one that prompted the creation of this recipe. He’s the one that often asks for homemade protein bars, as he’s not very fond of store bought bars. I, on the other hand, I am guilty of being all about those packaged, 17 thousand ingredient, sugar bombs from the grocery store. Guilty as charged. Keeping bars like this on hand, is a great way for a serial protein bar grabber like me to choose a better option!
For these bars, I wanted to avoid the traditional banana-y-ness of a lot of homemade protein bars. Nothing against bananas, just wanted to switch it up a bit. God knows my love affair with bananas will never end! Check out my Quick 1 Bowl No Bake Vegan Protein Balls for that banana-ish! For these bars, I experimented with using dates as a base, which I have not done tried before. Now I’m like, why the hell didn’t I try doing this before!? Sweetness, fibre, deliciousness, what do dates NOT offer?
These bars offer a whole lotta nutrition, too. Chia seeds, oats, peanut butter, crunchy almonds, and of course some cocoa and chocolate chips for the sake of indulgence.. yumm. And with no baking required, all you gotta do is some mixing! Just a minor trade for some seriously yummy snackage!
** The type of protein powder you use may disrupt the flavour depending on how what it is made out of and how sweet/bitter/grainy it is. Because of this, I recommend adding a little protein powder at first and tasting before adding more!
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