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Homemade protein bars are a healthy alternative to other snacks, and they are so satisfying they can even be a meal replacement

16 Servings

355 kcal per serving

Prep 10 mins

Cook 40 mins

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Homemade Protein Bars Recipe

Posted: 5th December 2019

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free
Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

These low sugar homemade protein bars are full of heart-healthy ingredients such as nuts and seeds but they have an unexpected addition - chickpeas - that add stomach-filling substance to this healthy snack

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

This recipe was created because many so-called healthy snacks are actually packed full of refined sugar ingredients such as maltodextrin and golden syrup. Rather than sustaining us, these ingredients create spikes in our blood sugar, causing us a short energy burst but then a debilitating energy shortage. They also cause well-documented long-term effects on our health, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

The base ingredient for this protein bars recipe is chickpeas. They are naturally high in protein and also a rich source of minerals, fiber and vitamins which have many health benefits as well as tasting delicious in these subtly sweet bars. They are also packed with raisins and bananas which are healthy souces of sweetness and really satisfying, making them a great choice for a diabetic protein bar

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

We add a small amount of vanilla essence which helps to develop the sweet flavors from the banana and raisins. Also because we use almond milk, these protein bars are great for those who can't tolerate dairy in their diet. Almond milk is lower in calories than cow's milk, but with a similar texture so it's an ideal substitute. In fact many sources say almond milk is the most popular plant milk in the US. Just make sure to read the ingredients to make sure it is sugar free as many almond milk manufacturers do add sugar to their products

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

Another reason these delicious low sugar protein bars are so filling is that they contain a high amount of oats, which are shown to give an increased feeling of fullness due to the fact that they contain large amounts of beta-glucan, which is a type of soluble fiber. This also promotes healthy gut bacteria which in recent years has been more and more understood to have a high impact on our health and well-being

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

The wide variety of nuts and seeds in these peanut butter protein bars are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, iron and fiber, as well as adding texture and even more taste to these healthy snack bars

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free
Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

Scrape the mixture into the lined tray, it should be quite a thick mixture so smooth it out before baking

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

We found these are absolutely great to eat through the week as a healthy alternative to other snacks, they are so substantial they even make a great breakfast bar and go really well with coffee or tea. This healthy protein bar recipe is packed with superfoods and so tasty, and many of the ingredients such as the nuts and seeds can be swapped to your own preferences. We really enjoyed eating these no sugar protein bars, and will be making them regularly as a healthy snack

Homemade Protein Bars Low Sugar - Really Sugar Free

Homemade Protein Bars


Recipe Category: Snacks

Recipe Cuisine: International

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Servings: 16

Calories: 355

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


INGREDIENTS

  • 350g Cooked Chickpeas
  • 100ml Almond Milk
  • 2 Bananas
  • 200g Peanut Butter
  • 100g Raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 350g Oats
  • 35g Chia Seeds
  • 30g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 30g Sunflower Seeds
  • 40g Walnuts
  • 30g Pecan Nuts
  • 1 Egg

RECIPE METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius (355F)
  • Blend the chickpeas, almond milk, bananas, peanut butter, raisins, honey and vanilla extract together
  • Then stir in the oats, seeds, nuts and egg
  • Scrape into a lined baking tray, smooth flat and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned
  • Allow to cool then slice into bars


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