Ditch the store-bought and go for one of these Vegan Almond Joy Protein Bars instead. Made with plant-based protein powder and ready in under 30 minutes (without a food processor!) these healthy, no-bake protein bars will become your new favorite snack.
I’m pretty notorious for having bad timing. Not like, I’m a half hour late everywhere I go kind of bad timing, but more like, I just bought this brand-new electronic and an even newer model comes out the day after I buy it kind of bad timing.
I have come to terms with my fate, but nonetheless I still can get pretty bummed when the universe seems to run on a schedule that’s completely contradictory to my own.
Exhibit a) Remember a few weeks ago when I posted a review of the top plant-based proteins on the market? Well of course on the day when I publish it I discover that one of my favorite brands ever, Epicure has come out with their own vegan protein powder.
Do you see what I mean about bad timing?
Some of you may remember when I worked with Epicure last year and made this delicious Guacamole Chicken Salad with their easy gluten-free bread. I’m pretty stoked to be partnering up with them again this year to share some of their healthful new ingredients with you.
In case you don’t know about them, Epicure is a Canadian brand (woot GO LOCAL!) that makes all-natural, clean foods and simple bakeware to make healthy cooking easier and faster. Basically, our mentalities are the same: get more people in the kitchen, cooking REAL FOOD but without having to slave away for hours.
This year they’ve launched a new line of Enhanced Nutrition products that consists of nutrient dense foods that support optimal health. You’ll find products like this Optimal Vegan Protein Blend (made up of pea, hemp and rice protein + probiotics), Turmeric and Ginger Tea, and Cocoa Crunch sprinkle, which is packed full of antioxidants and adds a delicious boost to things like oatmeal and smoothies.
I know I’m sounding super preachy right now, but that’s only because I truly do love this company. They never waver from their mission to bring healthy food to the masses by encouraging them to take control of their diet without them feeling like it’s an intimidating process.
So to support them in their mission, I thought I would bring you guys a SUPER easy recipe that is not at all intimidating either. We all spend way too much money on protein bars and way too many of the options on the market are made up of ingredients you cannot pronounce. It’s time to start making them at home! Your body and your wallet will thank you.
And just for good measure, I made sure the recipe only required minimal equipment and zero baking whatsoever. Yes, my friends – a bar recipe that doesn’t require a food processor!
Do yourself a favor and make these Vegan Almond Joy Protein Bars. Epicure and I have made sure that your next snack attack will be both healthful and easy. Happy snacking!
Serves: 12 bars
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour*
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup vegan protein powder (I used Epicure's Sweet Coconut flavor)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
- 1/2 tsp almond extract, vanilla extract works too
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk +1-2 tbsp, as needed
- 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted
- In a large bowl combine oat flour, coconut flour, coconut flakes and protein powder.
- In a separate bowl combine softened coconut oil and vanilla extract.
- Add maple syrup and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk to dry ingredients and stir together. Add in coconut-vanilla mixture.
- Texture should be dry but still able to hold shape. Depending on your protein powder and coconut flour, you may need to add 1-2 T of additional milk (I usually use 2).
- Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
- Add protein bar dough to dish and spread out using hands. Make sure dough is evenly spread.
- Place in freezer to sit for 20 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and cut into 12 bars.
- Melt chocolate (in microwave or in double boiler on stovetop) and drizzle bars with chocolate.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or longer in the freezer.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Epicure. I’m thrilled to be working with them this year as one of their 2016 ambassadors. They’re an amazing company and I’m excited to bring you even more delicious recipes featuring their products. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that make THM possible.
Are there companies out there whose values align perfectly with yours? Do you have terrible timing like I do?
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