“Create healthy habits, NOT restrictions.”
As many of you know, I lead a fairly busy life. And, as many of you also know, I am a health-nut. Yes, I love to eat the occasional slice of pizza, or go out and splurge with friends, but most of the time, I am either boxing, or I am on-the-go to school, work, the gym, or simply hanging out with friends. The point is, I am busy non-stop. So I need to keep my energy up and I want to eat clean. And although I love my tight schedule, that means I rarely have time to cook or bake unless it is the weekend. Therefore, I usually try to take a few hours out of my day on Saturday to try a new BuzzFeed or Facebook recipe, and meal prep.
This week I decided to try a Gluten-Free, “Almost Vegan” imitation Clif Bar recipe. The reason I say “Almost Vegan” is because I accidentally bought whey protein powder, instead of the vegan. However, you can do the recipe either way and it still turns out. It all depends on if you want to have a vegan snack or not.
I loved this recipe because it was so versatile. The ingredients below are just the base ingredients to make the bar itself, but you can add in any toppings, which is SO fun! I added in dried blueberries, but next time I think I am going to add in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. These bars have a good chewy base to add in any toppings, or keep them simple and plain. I also loved these bars because they remind me of a Clif Bar, and who doesn’t love a Clif Bar? Plus they give you a good amount of protein and energy for a busy schedule, and they are super quick/easy to eat!
With that said, the recipe is below. It was very easy, and only took about 2 hours to complete.
- 1 ½ cups of Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 3 Scoops of Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup of Puffed Quinoa (or rice)
- 2 tsps of Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 4 Tbsp of Nut or Seed Butter (I used Sunbutter, but you could use Almond Butter or Cashew Butter)
- 4 Tbsp Coconut Nectar or Date Paste (I soaked pitted dates and then put a small amount of hot water in the food processor)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
- 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
Take 1 cup of the Gluten Free Rolled Oats and ground to a fine powdery flour in a food processor. Add the other 1/2 cup of oats and just pulse slightly so they break apart a little but keep some texture. Add to a large bowl, along with puffed quinoa/rice, protein powder (I used Whey Chocolate Protein Powder), cinnamon, vanilla extract.
In a small pan over low heat melt the nut/seed butter and coconut nectar/date paste together. It turns into this amazing vegan, tasty caramel!
Stir the nut butter mixture into the dry mix. Then, add the chia seeds and coconut oil. Add a little bit of water, a drizzle at a time until the mixture starts to come together. Then press into a pan, and if you are adding chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, press it onto the mixture. Then, leave the pan to refrigerate for a few hours until it sets (I did for about 2 hours).
After the 2 (or more) hours are up, your homemade Clif Bars are complete! After I cut the bars up, for me, this made between about 16 bars.
For 16 bars from the recipe these are roughly around 150 calories, 16g of carbs, 6g of fat, 8g of plant-based protein and only 5g of sugar. I feel like these are pretty good stats, especially compared to something like 40-50g of sugar in a Clif Bar!
Thanks for reading. I hope you end up trying these amazing bars along with adding your own little twist to them! Enjoy, and happy Monday!
With all that I am,