Natural Chocolate Protein Bar

I wouldn’t recommend this for breakfast; it’s more of a mid-morning snack. I’m not a fan of protein powders, as they are often so processed they no longer resemble the food they are made from. If you’re like me and want a ‘real food’ option for a protein bar, these are great. Pack a bar in your lunchbox for a high-protein boost.
everyday option • dairy free • vegan • low gi • high fibre • heart healthy • healthy ageing • diabetes friendly

 

PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
SERVES 5

  • ½ cup (50 g) rolled (porridge) oats
  • ½ cup (80 g) almonds, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ¼ cup (40 g) chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 fresh dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons water

Line an 11 x 21 cm (4¼ x 8¼ inch) loaf tin with baking paper and set aside.
Blitz the whole ingrediens in a food processor until roughly chopped, then spread the mixture in the prepared tin. Press down firmly on the mixture and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Slice crossways into 4 cm (1½ inch) wide bars.

Tips

  • With more than 6 g (1/4 oz) of natural plant-based protein per serve, plus a whopping amount of gut-friendly fibre, these bars are a fantastic option for a healthy snack after exercise, when you get hungry in the afternoon or for kids as a nutritious after-school snack.
  • Use gluten-free oats if you’re allergic or intolerant.
    Add a drizzle of maple syrup if you want it a little sweeter.