- just under 1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
- between 1/2 – 3/4 cup PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
- just under 1 cup hemp protein powder ( I used Manitoba Harvest…you can use soy protein if you wish or any other kind you have)
- 1/2 cup Amazing Grass Chocolate Drink Powder
- pink sea salt
- just over 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- handful of thompson raisins (can omit if you wish)
- 2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- 1/4 cup pure honey (you can use another liquid sweetener of your choice)
Sorry the measurements are a little sparatic. I did this as I went along so next time I’ll try to round off amounts and see if it still works out. I buy a lot of my ingredients from iherb.com (such as the hemp protein, chocolate drink powder, pink sea salt, coconut…etc). I have a page of my favourite things to buy from iherb.com and a $5 off coupon if you want to check it out.
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Milk
- Vanilla Extract + Almond Extract
- Lucuma Powder
- Shredded Coconut
- Stevia Vanilla Creme
Ok, so this icing was a total random act of blending, tasting, blending, tasting…etc until I was happy with the taste and consistency… Because of this, I am not sure of the exact measurements. These protein bars don’t even need the icing in order to taste good, but if you would like to try…you can’t really go wrong. Just make sure you have a blender/magic bullet. I’ll try to explain what I did and add loose measurements in the Directions section down below.
- Get out a bowl and add in the oats, PB2w, hemp protein powder, chocolate drink powder, sea salt, raisins and coconut. Slightly heat up the milk and honey so it honey is easier to pour and mix. Then add the milk, vanilla extract and honey in the bowl with the dry ingredients and start to mix together with a rubber spatula, and then with your hands. When the mixture is able to form a ball that doesn’t easily fall apart, you know you have the right consistency. You can eat do a taste test to make sure it is to your liking. If it’s a little too “earthy”, you can add in a bit more honey if you wish, or some vanilla stevia or whatnot.
- Place the ball onto a flat surface and use a rolling pin to evenly roll out the mixture to the thickness of your choice. Cut the uneven edges of the rolled out mixture to you get a perfect square/rectangle and then cut the bars into whatever size you’d like. If you want a similar demonstration on how to do this if I’m being unclear, you can check out one of my granola bar recipe videos.
- Now you can pop these in the fridge for couple of hours so they firm up (or try the freezer) and either leave them as is or make an icing/glaze for them!
- Ok so as I mentioned that I made this icing up as I went along, I will try my best to recall how I made it. Just keep doing a taste test and you should be fine. I started by melting around 3 tbs of Coconut Oil and adding it into a bowl along with a few tbs of Almond Milk. Then I added in 1/4-1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract and a couple drops of Almond Extract (this could be omitted). I put in a couple of tablespoons of the shredded coconut, about 1 tbs of Lucuma Powder (this could be omitted as well), around 5 drops of Stevia Vanilla Creme, about a tbs of PB2, and finally a couple of tbs of Honey (slightly heated). Then I did a quick mix of the ingredients and then poured it into my blender and blended for around 20 seconds, then I did a few taste tests until I was happy. Then I drizzled the icing onto the bars and let them set in the fridge again. Because Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature, the icing solidified quite nicely onto the bars, but still remained soft.
I hope you enjoy these! If you use the same ingredients I did, they are going to be super packed with nutrients and protein and vitamins. I can’t wait to experiment more with these.