Homemade vegan paleo protein bars that are so good, nobody will suspect they are healthy.
I have to tell you, these delicious protein bars were the result of a horrible muffin blooper. (Just read on to see how hard this recipe was for me to figure out.)
A good friend of mine found out she was allergic to gluten, eggs, and dairy. That is a lot to be allergic to!! This would be tough news for any person to handle. Since they were coming over for dinner this weekend, I really wanted to figure something out to help her realize baking without these ingredients wasn’t so bad. (And if these didn’t work, she could have tried my egg free gluten free raw strawberry tarts!)
Learning how to bake gluten free, dairy free and vegan is the ultimate science experiment!
Food chemistry, and how each component works together can be really hard. I was intrigued by this combination and wanted to create something delicious and easy for her to enjoy.
Little did I realize how good the end result would turn out. My kids devoured these bars…even without the whipped cream.
These vegan seed filled protein bars are that good. The kids had no idea they were “healthy.”
Of course they topped it with whipped cream and fresh berries!
The first attempt to make this recipe, I actually was trying to make muffins.
Pretty sad, huh? These muffins looked like they had a big sink hole in the middle of each one.
Time for some A/B testing to try to find out what was going so wrong! The next step was to try to see if the lack of egg was the reason this recipe failed.
Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients (except egg) separately. Split the batter in half into two bowls. To one, I added a chia seed egg, the other got a real egg.
Check out how much the muffins with egg in the batter rose vs the ones on the left with the chia egg substitute.
She tried the vegan muffins when she came over. They were doughy and heavy, and honestly, I was so embarrassed to even serve these to her. I was really surprised when my friend liked the flavor. My friend gave me great advice…she told me to make the recipe as bars. That never even occurred to me. (Sometimes I need someone removed to help me think differently about a recipe.)
Good news is in bar form, these are a huge hit!!
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Here is a photo of the seed mix I get at Trader Joe’s.
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Things You Need To Make This Recipe:
- Coconut flour…this helps hold these bars together.
- Chia seeds. These protein packed seeds make a great egg substitute.
Homemade Vegan Protein Bars
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 chia eggs 1 whole TBSP chia seeds to 3 tablespoons water per egg
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder + dash salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup Trader Joe's seed mixture see photo
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour *optional - chopped nuts. I used pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
In a small bowl, add all wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Add nuts and raisins and mix.
Pour into a greased 8x8 baking pan.
Spread out and bake.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until done.
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