Protein bars can be expensive. Especially when you want one that is vegan and gluten free. I’ve also been trying to eat less nuts on a daily basis, which makes a vegan, gluten free, nut free bar even more difficult to find and a LOT more expensive. However, they are so convenient and are perfect snacks to hold you over until lunch or dinner. I knew I wanted to start eating more, but really didn’t want to spend the money on a ton of protein bars. Then I discovered this perfect bar. It was tasty, packed with protein, and so easy to make.
This recipe was adapted from No Meat Athlete:
- 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1/4 cup mashed banana (I used half a banana)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups GF rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- In a bowl, combine ground flax seeds and water. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 13×9 inch pan. Set aside.
- In a food processor, combine beans, flax seed mixture, agave, mashed banana, vanilla extract, and salt and process until smooth.
- Add in oats, cocoa powder, and brown rice flour and pulse to just combine.
- Stir in shredded coconut and pulse a few times to combine everything. You now want the consistency to be spreadable, if it is too dry add up to 1/4 cup water. If it is too runny, add up to 1/4 cup cocoa powder, brown rice flour, or a combination of each (about 2 tablespoons each).
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 15-18 minutes.
- When bars are done baking, allow them to cool before slicing. I made 16 bars.
Not the best picture, but I promise they taste great-these ones actually tasted like chocolate!
One thing that is great about this recipe is it is very adaptable. For example, if you want additional spices, like cinnamon, the original recipe tells you how much of a spice to add. He also does this for additional stir-ins, different kinds of sweeteners, or binders. In fact, you can create your very own recipe by choosing each of your favorites. I definitely recommend checking out the link above to try out different kinds of bars. You’ll have a variety of bars that don’t cost a fortune.
I recommend storing these in the fridge or freezer. Wrap each bar individually with saran wrap and place in a sealed ziplock bag.
This recipe yields 16 bars. One bar yields approximately 120 calories and 4.5 calories.