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Vegan Almond Joy Protein Bars

February 3, 2016

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.

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?

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.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.

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.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!

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Vegan Almond Joy Protein Bars

PREP TIME 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine oat flour, coconut flour, coconut flakes and protein powder.
  2. In a separate bowl combine softened coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Add maple syrup and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk to dry ingredients and stir together. Add in coconut-vanilla mixture.
  4. 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).
  5. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  6. Add protein bar dough to dish and spread out using hands. Make sure dough is evenly spread.
  7. Place in freezer to sit for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from freezer and cut into 12 bars.
  9. Melt chocolate (in microwave or in double boiler on stovetop) and drizzle bars with chocolate.
  10. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or longer in the freezer.

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Notes

*you can make oat flour by grinding up rolled oats in your blender

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.


epicure_logoDisclaimer: 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. 


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  • Reply
    Jen
    February 3, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Epicure sounds like an awesome company! That’s awesome you get to work with them! And these bars! I love almond joy’s but never eat them anymore (hello, sensitive stomach). Gotta make these bars soon!
    Jen recently posted…AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP FOR EFFECTIVE & STRESS FREE MEAL PREP

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    Fit Foodie Lee
    February 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

    How do you make protein bars look so good! I need to try that PP asap.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

      YES YOU DO!!! I have a massive tub calling yo name 😉

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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    February 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

    That protein powder sounds great! You are literally a SAINT for this recipe. I’ve been looking for high protein snacks and bars that aren’t completely full of carbs and nuts, and this is perfect. I can’t wait to make these to munch on between meals.
    Emilie @ Emilie Eats recently posted…Barbecue Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

      You will love these! I’ve always been a nut butter in bars kind of gal but I LOVE the way the coconut oil worked out. Total 180!

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    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    February 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I have to say – your protein bars always look awesome! To be honest, I don’t like making my own protein bars at home. I actually prefer storebought. I always use my food allowance on my corporate card when I travel to try new protein bars I see in the grocery store!
    Dani @ Dani California Cooks recently posted…WIAW – Week #1 of the Whole30

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    Jenna
    February 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    These look amazing! Do you know where I could buy the protein powder in Toronto?
    Thanks!

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    February 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Yassss! I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since I saw it on your snapchat!
    Kelly @ Eat the Gains recently posted…Super Bowl Recipe Round-Up 2016

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I know I’ve been hoarding it 😉 I’ve made them 4 times since I first showed them! So so good.

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    Cassie
    February 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Sometimes I can be so bad with timing as well–I can underestimate how long something will take me! But this recipe looks so so good. I loved almond joys as a kid!
    Cassie recently posted…Tuesday Thoughts: Can You Self-Diagnose an Eating Disorder?

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    Gemma
    February 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve never seen yummier protein bars before! They even look decadent, like a fancy dessert. 🙂
    I love how you decorated them with the chocolate drizzle. Yum!

    xoxo
    Gemma recently posted…Pumpkin Banana Pecan Loaf

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Can’t forget the chocolate drizzle 😉 Thanks so much, Gemma!

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    Erin@WellPlated
    February 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Almond joys are my FAVE, but my one gripe is they don’t come in a dark chocolate variety. Problem solved, and I love that these are made with way better ingredients too! (PS Thanks for the scoop on Epicure!!)
    Erin@WellPlated recently posted…Skillet Red Velvet Pancakes

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Pun intended?! 😉 It would be the death of me if they came out with a dark choc variety haha

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    April
    February 7, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I want to try these! If I only have vanilla protein powder, should I keep everything else the same and will they still taste coconutty?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      yup! plenty of other coconut products to keep it coconutty 🙂

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    Tea_Thyme
    February 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Definitely giving these a try!

    Instead of the chocolate chips, you can always make your own chocolate with coconut oil, cocoa powder and a little maple syrup. I do this and mix in coconut, dried fruit and/or nuts in small molds for sweet treats. 🙂 Perfect this time of year when it’s cool.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 9, 2016 at 7:24 am

      yes absolutely! Tried to keep things simple by using chocolate chips but your version is perfect as well!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    February 11, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Wow, this protein powder sounds divine, I love coconut! I’ve bough protein powder a while ago but haven’t been using it much, thanks for this recipe, I’ll use it to make these healthy bars 🙂
    Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Oriental Lentil Casserole

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

      you totally should!!! P.S. welcome home 🙂

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        Stella @ Stellicious Life
        February 12, 2016 at 11:33 am

        Thank you Davida! 🙂 Tackling the piled up e-mails and reading my way through the missed blog posts. Hasn’t gotten around to the TBP challenge yet, but hope to catch up and pick up where I left off soon 🙂
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