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 (or other nut)

1/4 cup pea protein powder

1/2 banana (50oz)

20 dates

For the jam:

2 cups berries

2T chia seeds

1/4 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

Another version of these extremely delicious Protein Berry Nut Bars is to add them a layer of peanut butter. This variation will have more calories but it really does not matter because the come from healthy sources. They will have more fat from the peanut butter powder and more protein as well. One bar contains 15g of fat, 25 g of carbohydrates 4g of fiber and 10g of protein.

Instead of adding the protein powder to the crust mix, add it to the peanut butter powder mixture. Once the crust is done, let it freeze while you make the peanut butter protein layer. For this, just mix the PB powder, pea protein, cinnamon and mix with water and milk. Add the layer to the nut crust and then add the jam.

For this recipe I used walnuts instead of cashews and did a strawberry chia jam instead of berries.

flavor:

Ingredients:

For the crust:

Everything stays the same except that you do not add the pea protein powder.

For the strawberry jam:

420g strawberries

2T chia seeds

1/4 cup water

For the PB layer:

1/4 cup PB powder

1/4 cup pea protein powder

a dash of cinnamon

1/4 cup of vegan milk

1/2 cup of water

Procedure:

For the crust:

1- Remains the same

For the jam:

1- Remains the same.

For the PB layer:

1- In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients until smooth and dissolved.

Assembly:

1- Spread the PB mix on over the crust and then add the strawberry chia jam.

2- Freeze for a minimum of an hour. Cut in 8 slices and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 15g Fat 25.83g Carbs 4.25g Fiber 10.07g P