Picking out a wholesome and nutritious protein bar is no easy task. The majority of the shop-bough varieties contain an inordinate amount of hydrogenated oil, preservatives and a mostly comprised of nutritionally-void ingredients. Not to mention they almost always contain a ton of refined sugar.
This is why I have created my own, easy, speedy, healthy flapjack protein bars. They contain no sugar whatsoever, refined or otherwise. The only form of carbohydrates in them, is the oats. So they are perfect for anyone trying to curb that sweet tooth. They also contain over 15g protein in each serving, making them an ideal choice for breakfast on-the-go, or to refuel post workout.
Oh and they only take 15 minutes (or less) to prepare. So what are you waiting for?
I think I will grab a slice now…
Tahini (sesame seed paste), thick coconut cream, oats and delicious vanilla, vegan protein powder are the ingredients that make up the base of this crumbly flapjack bar.
Although being dairy eater, I prefer to use natural protein, from plant sources. I don’t advocate whey protein, as it is highly acidic and generally not as tasty, but you can use whatever protein powder you like.
Easy No-bake Healthy Protein Flapjacks
Because they are dairy free, one batch will last you upto 7-days in the fridge, easy peasy.
Makes 14-16 bars
- 300g rolled oats
- 150g vanilla vegan protein powder, I used Neat Nutrition
- 200g tahini
- 250ml coconut cream
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- a big pinch sea salt
- optional toppings : whole almonds and raw cacao nibs
Heat the coconut cream in a saucepan gently, to melt.
Add the vanilla protein powder to a large bowl. Pour in the coconut cream and whisk until the mixture is smooth, then add the tahini and mix again.
Stir in the rolled oats and mix well. If the mixture is too stiff for a wooden spoon, use your hands. Make sure the oats are fully incorporated, then pour the crumbly protein mixture into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Flatten the mix in a dish and press down firmly.
At this point I add a handful of whole almonds to half of the tray and a sprinkling of cacao nibs to the other half. This is just for additional crunch, but not necessary, if you don’t fancy it. The key is to press firmly on the top to ensure they don’t all fall off, when you slice them
Finally place the healthy protein flapjacks in the fridge for 4 hours minimum to set, then cut into 14 or 16 bars.