Vegan Protein Bars Recipe
These days’ protein bars have become essential in most people’s households and especially those who are into fitness and exercise in one way or another. But protein bars can be tricky as everyone wants something different. Some want to enjoy them as a meal replacement and on the go breakfast or lunch so to say but others want them to have a high protein content for a post-workout snack, others want them for energy and a mid-afternoon pick me up, some want low calories, low carb, high fat, low fat, and the list goes on and thus finding the right protein bar for you is the goal of this article. I will be sharing some vegan protein bar recipes with many variations to help you learn how to make vegan protein bars that are perfect for you from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Homemade Vegan Protein Bars
Let’s start simple with the classic DIY vegan protein bars that are suitable for most. This vegan power bar recipe is easy to follow, simple but tasty, and satisfying.
- 1 1⁄2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter (can be substituted with any nut butter of your choice)
- 8 large Medjool dates (pitted)
- 4 tbsp. nut milk of your choice
- 1⁄2 vegan protein powder (flavor vanilla works best)
- 2 tbsp. chia/ flax seeds
*Raisins, additional nuts, or chocolate chips are a great addition to this easy vegan protein bars recipe
- Now to start assembling your homemade vegan protein bars start by lining a baking tray with parchment paper, these bars do not need to be cooked so no oven is required.
- In a food processor add your peanut butter, dates, and rolled oats and pulse until a grainy mixture is formed and all the ingredients are combined together.
- To this mixture created add your protein powder, chia/flax seeds, and milk and pulse again until well combined
- Now you should have a dough that is easy to pick up and break apart
- If your dough is too dry add an additional tablespoon of nut milk until cookie dough-like consistency is formed.
- Transfer this dough to your lined baking sheet and press down until all the corners and sides are covered
- Refrigerate your mixture for about 1 hour and then remove and cut into the desired size
- And as simple and easy as that you’ve got yourself a based vegan protein bar. This vegan power bars recipe will provide you with high protein providing a good amount of energy!
Vegan Protein Bar Recipe Low Carb
For those looking for a lower-carb alternative but still want to achieve energy from vegan protein bars, homemade versions are best in making sure you achieve your goals and know exactly what is going into the snack your creating.
The best way to do so is to remove the rolled oats from the recipe and instead replace it with coconut flour that is naturally much lower in carbohydrates. In addition to your coconut flour base add around two tablespoons of peanut butter along with a liquid sweetener of your choice (agave or maple syrup work best). Together with your coconut flour, peanut butter, and liquid sweetener you also have the choice of adding dried fruit, nuts, or sugar-free chocolate chips for extra flavor. And the rest is simple just combine your three or four ingredients and again place them into a baking tray and allow them to cool in the refrigerator and the cut and enjoy!
And there you have it an equally as delicious and nutritious vegan energy bars recipe that is suitable to your dietary requirements.
High Protein Vegan Bars
For those who are smashing workouts at the gym and really trying to up their protein intake don’t worry there are ways to pack your homemade protein bars with an even higher concentration of protein and here’s how.
Protein powder, this is essential when looking to add additional protein to your vegan power bar recipes as its flavor profile and consistency along with its already high protein levels make it the perfect asset to your recipe.
Some vegan protein powders you could use include
- Pea protein isolate powder – Myprotein
- Maxi muscle Plant Max Vegan Protein Powder – maximuscle
- vegan protein powder for performance –innermost
- 100% plant-based protein powder – Optimum nutrition gold standard
The extra addition of nuts like almonds or cashews is another great way of adding additional protein to your bars.
Healthy Vegan Protein Bars
What amount a vegan protein bars recipe low calories and a little more on the healthier side, no need to stress there a vegan protein bar recipe for that too and without skimping on taste and flavor of course.
Most store-bought protein bars contain hidden sugars and extra calories that can easily be avoided by simply making them from scratch at home, in this way you can choose the exact amount of protein, sugars, fats, and carbohydrates you wish to add.
The best way to do this is to opt for sugar-free protein powder, lower-fat peanut butter, and stevia as a sweetening alternative, rolled oats can also be replaced with a gluten-free version as per your preference.
Along with these substitutions, your base vegan protein bar recipe will remain the same you are just adapting the overall calories to benefit your requirements, and thus making protein bars fit it almost every type of diet.
Vegan Protein Bars
And if you’re still not convinced that homemade recipes are for you then here are a few options of great vegan protein bars that can be purchased from stores around you.
- ONE bar – available in many flavors, they are packed full of protein and flavor, and the banana bread one is a crowd favorite.
- PureFit – a perfect bar if you’re hitting the gym and need an extra boost for those muscles, this is one of the higher protein bars and the oatmeal cinnamon flavor doesn’t disappoint.
- LaraBar – if you’re looking for a lighter protein bar this is the one for us it’s packed with protein, carbohydrates, and fiber, and with only 6 ingredients makes it easy to digest, nutritionally friendly and the perfect snack before or after exercise.
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