Recipe for Power Breakfast Protein Bars
Breakfast bars are a popular morning snack to perk you up for the day. Unfortunately, not all breakfast bars are healthy. They are often loaded with artificial ingredients and refined sugars, and refined sugars, which means that they provide a rapid energy rush, only to leave you hungry again within an hour or so. This usually means that you will land up reaching out for yet another unhealthy snack.
Breakfast is indeed an extremely important meal of the day, although I understand that many people either just don’t feel up to eating a large amount early in the morning, or there’s just ‘no time’. This makes it important to find suitable convenient breakfast options that will actually keep you going. Breakfast bars are a convenient option, but if you want something really healthy you should make your own breakfast bars at home.
Homemade breakfast bars are perfect for you to carry to work or when you will be on an outdoor excursion. They’re absolutely full of healthy and natural ingredients, and will keep you full and satisfied for a substantial amount of time. The recipe below doesn’t even require baking, so all you have to do is follow the instructions and store the bars in your refrigerator until you’re ready to eat!
How To Make Healthy Protein Bars At Home
Makes around 18-20 small bars
Ingredients for Homemade Protein Bars
- 2 cups dates + 1 big handful
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup rye flakes (or another type of grain like quinoa flakes, but more oats will work too)
- 4-5 big tbsp. peanut butter (or other nut butter of your choice)
- ½ cup buckwheat groats (kootoo ka daliya)
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of pink Himalayan salt or good quality sea salt (optional)
- 1 handful of each of the following (or whatever you have available):
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- In a food processor or blender, pulse the dates until they form a dough-like consistency
- Once all the bits of dates have broken up, roll the mixture into a ball and place in a bowl to one side. You may need to
- Scrape down the sides of the blender a couple of times, while pulsing the dates.
- Toast your oats, rye and buckwheat lightly in a dry pan (this often gives a deeper taste and a firmer texture to the flakes). If you have a pan big enough you could toast the grains together, otherwise do so separately.
- Once toasted, add the grains, seeds, raisins and nuts to the bowl with the dates and set it a side.
- Place the peanut butter and honey in a pan and warm it over a low heat, so it softens and mixes together well.
- Pour this ‘melted’ mixture over the other ingredients in the bowl, and mix once more.
- Once mixed and combined well, pack everything into a baking-paper-lined tin or dish. Make sure it’s pretty compact, so everything sticks together.
- Cover and store in the fridge overnight to set.
- Once it sets, you can cut bar-sized pieces and store in an air-tight container for about a week (unless you end up eating them a little sooner!). They make the perfect snack to share with friends or hungry yoga students!
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