Choco Protein Power Squares
A few days ago I set out to make protein bars. What happened? I made a bit of a protein bar/ frozen dessert hybrid. I’m not going to lie; I amazed myself. This is not a typical skill set of mine, but I’m a learning.
I’m very happy to now have a snack that has a good amount of protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fibre without heaps of sugar. Often times you can find healthy snacks in a health food store that are completely lacking in any protein. Not that protein is the be all and end all, I simply like to have balanced nutrients so my blood sugar stays stable and I feel energized all day long. Not only that, this snack is nutrient dense and is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Why not give our bodies a snack with a serious boost that actually brings it into a greater state of health rather than depleting it?!
I also wanted to mention that these are vegan and raw. No animals were harmed in the making (how ethical of me) and I have decided to let these snacks keep all of their enzymes (destroyed by heat). Enzymes are the little catalysts in our bodies that speed up or slow down reactions. In this case enzymes speed up the rate at which we digest food. When our food is lacking in enzymes our pancreas has to provide all of the enzymes to digest the food. Over time this can be taxing on this precious organ and we may not pump out as many enzymes as needed. Further down this chain of unhappy reactions food ends up fermenting in our guts due to the extremely slow digestion process without all necessary enzymes. To be frank; this will make you burp and fart. Not fun for the lovers in your life. Enough of that, on to the recipe…
I always fiddle with how sweet I make my desserts and you can too! I always like to use a natural sweetener with sugar like maple syrup or honey and then stacking it with a zero calorie natural sweetener like stevia. Adding extra stevia to the mix will increase the sweetness without adding on extra calories. This is a great trick to keep the sugar low in a recipe with out adding junky sweeteners like aspartame.
Stevia extract: Stevia is a plant that is extremely sweet. It can be purchased in a few forms, I prefer a liquid extract. I like stevia because it is naturally sourced and there are no negative health impacts like there are when using chemical sweeteners. This is excellent for diabetics who need to watch blood sugar levels and it’s great for the average person as well. Controlling blood sugar levels = sustained energy. It’s a win-win.
Oatmeal: You all know what oatmeal is. I just want to clarify that real oatmeal does not come full of sugar and little tid bits of weird fake fruit. Oatmeal is full of healthy soluble fibre which expands in your digestive tract, soaks up water, absorbs toxins and makes a beautiful poo. Elaborate? Yes. Necessary? Very. Oats also have a specific type of fibre beta glucan which studies have found to lower cholesterol. They also have healthy levels of the minerals manganese, selenium, magnesium and zinc.
Almond/Hazelnut butter: In regards to this butter, it’s first and foremost DELICIOUS. What I’d like to touch on is the fact that other nut butters such as this are much better than peanut butter. Peanuts contain a fat (arachadonic acid) that is Pro-inflammatory. Inflammation is a factor in many disease states and we should seek out foods that are anti-inflammatory rather than pro.
Choco Protein Power Squares
- 3 cups soaked organic rolled oats (soak for a few hours to improve digestibility)
- 4 scoops vegan protein powder
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- ¼ cup almond/ hazelnut butter (Amazing combo!)
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want them)
- 1 dropper full of liquid stevia extract
- ¼ cup goji berries
method of preparation:Soak oats for 3-4 hours prior to making batch. Once soaked add in cacao powder, protein powder and almond milk. Mix together with a spoon until evenly distributed. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until evenly distributed in the base. Place in an 11 x 7 dish and place in the freezer for a couple hours. After this they’re ready to be cut up and enjoyed! After mine were ready I portioned them off and wrapped them in tin foil so I had a nice grab and go snack.
**Note** These should be consumed shortly after being taken out of the freezer as they can get messy when thawed.