Monday, 19 January 2015

Quick and easy no-bake flapjack protein bars

It is the new year and I am on a health kick! One thing that is important when you are doing your best to be good, is ensure that you have lots of healthy snacks laying around so you won't be tempted by the sugar devil. 

I know that snacks can be the clean eating down fall, as they are often eaten on the go and need to be quick and fuss free. Carrots and hummus is all well and good, but there isn't always the time and place for that. 

delicious and healthy 

Flapjacks and protein balls are a great fuss free snack and I have amended this recipe from Oh She Glows. Simple and quick, you can whip up a batch that will last you all week. The hint of chocolate on the top too will help with those sugar cravings too without ruining your clean eating. 

make a batch for the week 

Ingredients you need include:

2 cups of rolled oats*

1/2 cup of vanilla protein powder
1 cup of rice crisp cereal 
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of peanut butter 
1/2 cup of agave nectar 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
100 ml of dairy free milk 
100g of 90% dark chocolate (I used Lindt)
1/2 tbsp of coconut oil 

just plop in a bowl and mix

First off you need to make the oat flour. Simply pop the oats in to a food processor and blitz away until you have a fine flour 

In a large mixing bowl, add the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp cereal and a pinch of salt in a large bowl 

Add in the peanut butter, agave nectar and vanilla and stir well to combine all the delicious ingredients. I found this was quite dry and didn't want to add any more agave nectar (save on sugar) so added about 100ml of light soya milk. You want a texture that is a little sticky

Grab a square tin, about 8 inches (I think that's right - I am not one for guessing measurements accurately), and line with greaseproof paper. Plop the mixture out in to the tin and evenly spread. Push down with you palms to ensure that this is well packed down so it sticks when set

Pop this in the freezer whilst you make the topping...

Over a low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until completely melted. Retrieve the protein bar mixture from the freezer and carefully pour and spread the chocolate sauce on top of the bars

Pop back in to the freezer again for 10 minutes until set

a tasty snack on the go 

When ready, simply cut them up in to bars or squares. You don't have to keep these in the freezer but can do if you want to preserve them and keep them for longer. 

I had these as a snack at work 

Mix up the flavours a bit - why not add chocolate protein powder for a more chocolatey taste, or cranberries and raisins for a sweet, fruity flavour. 

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*use gluten free oats for a gluten free options 

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