Most of you have come to realise by now that I’m a choc-aholic sweet-tooth. I came up with this recipe with two goals in mind; to satisfy my mid-afternoon cravings for a naughty treat but also as a new vegan twist on those expensive protein/energy bars at the store.
The resulting bars are Super in more ways than one – they taste super rich and chocolatey, contain super foods, provide super protein power and give you tons of super energy!
1 cup freshly ground almond meal
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 cup quick oats (or quinoa flakes if you prefer gluten free)
1 cup raw cacao
1 cup chocolate flavoured protein powder (I use Sun Warrior raw sprouted brown rice protein)
1 cup medjool dates, finely chopped (or what ever fired fruit you wish…I’ve also used dried cranberries, sultanas and pear)
¼ cup pure organic maple syrup
1 ¼ cups coconut oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Bring coconut oil and maple syrup to a liquid on low flame then pour into dry ingredients. Mix everything together well, the consistency should be like a rough but gooey cookie.
Press into a 28cm x 18 cm baking tray lined with non-stick paper. Score with a knife into rectangles then freeze for at least 30 minutes. Remove from tray and cut into the scored rectangle-shaped bars. Store in the fridge or freezer…I usually eat mine straight from the freezer as I love to take my time and crunch away. Makes 16 big bars.