Berry Nut Protein Bars

These Berry Nut Bars are a great option for a macro balanced snack. They are packed with 9g of fat, 28g of carbohydrates, 5g of fiber and 7g of protein. It is made with a base of nuts, oats, banana, dates and protein powder and topped with a berry chia jam. That simple!

The crust is soft and is only sweetened with 1/2 banana and dates. I really used the banana to make the crust stick so it was going to be easier to shape it in the pan. The berry chia jam have only 2 cups of berries, 2 T of chia seeds and more less 1/2 cup of water because the chia seeds absorb a lot of liquid. I really liked the texture that chia seeds adds to the jam and the snake. It is similar to a chia pudding texture.

This snack do not needs to be baked. Simply freeze for a few hours to let the ingredients compact. Then, take out from the freezer, let them thawed a little bit and cut them in 8 bars.

Ingredients:

yield: 8 bars

For the crust:

1 cup oats

1.5 cups cashews

1/4 cup pea protein powder

1/2 banana

1 cup dates

For the jam:

2 cups berries

2T chia seeds

1/2 cup water

Procedure:

For the crust:

1- Blend the nuts, oats, protein and banana together. After, slowly, add the dates until everything is homogeneous and well blended.

2- Transfer all of the crust into a square pan and shape it.

For the jam:

1- Turn on a pan on medium heat. Add the berries with the water and let them boil.

2- Once they are tender, carefully mashed them with a fork and add the chia seeds.

3- Give a stir until the chia seeds are incorporated and the jam turned a bit thicker.

Assembly:

1- Spread all of the jam in the crust on the pan.

2- Store in the freezer for one or two hours.

3- Take out and cut in eight bars. You can store half of them in the freezer and half in the refrigerator.

Nutrition facts: 9g fat 28.86g Carbs 5.72g Fiber 7.60g Protein

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