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Matcha Protein Bars

March 11, 2019

Looking for a healthy and energizing snack recipe? Look no further than these Matcha Protein Bars made with a vegan, cashew base and matcha, coconut butter frosting for healthy snacking on a budget.

These Matcha Protein Bars are a healthy recipe made with a vegan cashew crust and energizing matcha frosting for a delicious snack on the run #matcha #proteinbars

It’s crazy to think that a year ago I was in my first 200 hour yoga teacher training. I was also planning a wedding…and had shingles. So WOAH. A lot can happen in a year. What hasn’t changed over the last year is my love for these matcha protein bars.

The love affair began when I was doing my 200 hour YTT and basically had to pack 3 meals a day + snacks for an entire weekend. We were in the studio Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Not to mention the fact that we were doing yoga at least 50% of the time. All to say… we were HUNGRY.

No matter how much food I’d back, my tummy would inevitably start rumbling and whenever we’d have a quick 10 minute break I’d run a couple blocks over to Urban Remedy and grab a snack. 9 times out of 10 I’d reach for their Matcha Protein Bar. It became my saving grace, not only providing me with the energy I needed to get through the day, but also a small dose of caffeine to physically stay awake.

The cashew base for this healthy plant-based matcha bar recipe

Now, a year later, I’m still equally as addicted to these bars but also feeling the $$$ pain and how much I’ve spent buying them. They certainly aren’t cheap! But they’re delicious and full of healthy ingredients so I’ve never felt bad buying them. And then I had a thought: what if I tried making them at home? Jess and I did a brainstorm, tweaked the recipe a few times and finally we have the perfect Matcha Protein Bar Recipe.

HOW TO MAKE MATCHA PROTEIN BARS

A few key points when making these matcha protein bars:

-Use high quality, food-grade matcha. You can taste the difference! We like this one

-A neutral-flavored plant-based protein powder is key (we like this one). You can use whatever protein powder you have but for a taste similar to the original that isn’t too sweet, go with something neutral

-Keep these stored in the fridge. You can keep them out for a few hours, but they will soften. If I’m out for the day I will put them in a glass tupperware so they don’t lose their shape.

-Whether or not your coconut butter melts depends on the brand. If it doesn’t melt, no biggie! Just combine with matcha and spread overtop the base and it will solidify on top just as well.

Beautiful Matcha Coconut Butter frosting onto these healthy and energizing Vegan Matcha Protein Bars #vegan #proteinbars #matcha

Funny enough, I’m actually doing an additional 50 hours of yoga teacher training right now to help grow my knowledge and teach more specific populations. So I’m back in the studio doing A LOT of yoga and once again, filling up on snacks. This time however, I’m packing my own snacks and bringing a couple of these Matcha Energy Bars in tow. As expected, they’re doing the trick and I’m saving money. I call that a win!

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Matcha Protein Bars

Matcha Protein Bar Recipe for a healthy, plant-based and energizing snack!
  • Author: Jess @ The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Bars 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup plant-based protein powder of choice, we like this one*
  • 3 tbsp solid coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut butter**
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 tsp each white and black sesame seeds (or whatever you have)

Instructions

  1. Blend the cashews, protein powder, coconut oil, honey, coconut flour and a small pinch of salt in a food processor until you have a smooth, well blended dough.
  2. Press the dough into a parchment lined 9×5” loaf pan.
  3. Whisk the melted coconut butter and matcha and pour over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and place in the fridge to set for 30 min.
  5. Remove from the pan and parchment and cut into 8 bars.
  6. Store in fridge for several weeks

*Make sure it is neutral or vanilla flavored
**May not melt fully – see instructions above recipe if it doesn’t

These Matcha Protein Energy Bars are plant-based, gluten-free and made from healthy ingredients. They're the perfect energizing snack for life on the run #vegan #matcha #matchabars

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  • Reply
    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    March 11, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    i love all things matcha and protein bars are certainly my area of interest!

  • Reply
    Alan
    March 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Would never have thought to try anything like this at all, so thanks for sharing.

    Cashews are now on the shopping list for tomorrow so excited to give this a try:)

  • Reply
    Gabrielle
    March 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I would like to try these but the coconut, almond and cashew butters where I live (outside the US) are prohibitively expensive. I imagine peanut butter would be too strong… is there something else you might suggest as a sub? Alternatively, what if I mixed the powder into the bar itself and nixed the icing?

  • Reply
    Andrew
    March 27, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Wow, it looks so delicious! And your photos are so gorgeous, I really want to make this recipe. 😀 Thank you a lot for sharing with us this recipe!!

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