No-Bake Energy Boosting Bars (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)
Curb hunger and boost your energy with these healthy energy-boosting bars! These no-bake protein bars are dense, loaded with fuel, and contain a secret ingredient to help you re-energize. Sweetened with chocolate chips and maple syrup these energy-boosting protein bars make the perfect afternoon snack.
These no-bake protein bars are the perfect combo of fueling and energy-boosting! Made with a secret ingredient, these energy-boosting bars are allergy-friendly and the perfect afternoon snack.
Likewise, they're the perfect blend of indulgence and food for fuel. They have a base of almond meal and oats (gluten-free if needed), so while dense they're also deliciously chocolate-chip-based.
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The Secret Ingredient In The Bars
These vegan protein bars have a secret ingredient that makes them both green in color as well as energizing: Matchinga Powder!
Matchinga is a combo of Matcha green tea and a superfood called Moringa.
Matcha by itself is a natural way to increase energy. Likewise, it’s also recognized for a few other amazing benefits (it’s high in antioxidants, it can help boost your metabolism, your immune system etc).
Similarly, moringa has long been touted for its powerful nutrition properties. This amazing superfood has even been said to lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and boost antioxidant content.
Thus, the combination of both green powders creates one amazing (and potent) superfood. I purchase my Matchinga powder from Perfect Supplements.
It’s certified by a third party and you can even check out the lab results. Perfect supplements produces quality products and it’s a brand I trust.
Note that Matchinga powder is dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, soy-free, GMO-free, and vegan. You can use code mamabear10 to grab yours.
Choosing Vegan Protein Powder
These homemade protein bars use a vegan protein powder given I am now dairy-free (learn more about making dairy-free living easy here).
If you’re making the switch to vegan protein powder, there are a few things you should note:
- vegan protein powder absorbs liquid. So, most recipes with whey are not directly interchangeable
- vegan protein powder tends to be less sweet than whey. This means that you normally have to add a bit more sweetness to counter the flavor
- each vegan protein powder is slightly different based on its blend (pea/rice/etc). Meaning, one protein powder may absorb better than another
Thus, the protein powder you choose for these no-bake protein bars will affect the flavor and the texture of the bars.
As mentioned, the texture of the energy-boosting protein bars will be slightly affected by the protein powder you choose. Some vegan protein powders absorb more liquid than others and thus the bars will be denser.
You can adjust the texture of the bars to your preference by adding slightly more nut butter and almond milk (about one tablespoon at a time).
Personally, though, I find that with the addition of chocolate chips the bars come out tasty no matter which protein powder you use.
How To Store Them
These energy-boosting bars store well in the fridge and the freezer. I like to have them on hand in the freezer as I don't need an energy boost every day. However, both options work.
If storing in the freezer, just take one out and let it thaw for 20-40 minutes at room temperature before eating.
If using the fridge, they can be eaten immediately.
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- ½ cup almond meal
- 2 scoops Matchinga powder
- 2 scoops vegan protein powder
- 5 tablespoons nut butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, measured solid
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons enjoy life chocolate chips
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How To Make The Recipe
In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, syrup, nut butter, and vanilla. Heat until coconut oil is melted.
In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and almond milk.
Pour the melted liquid over the dry and mix until somewhat combined (it’ll be dry- that’s okay!).
Add in the almond milk and mix until everything is at least coated and then fold in the chocolate chips.
Grab an 8x4 baking pan, line it with parchment paper, and spoon the mixture into it. Using another piece of parchment paper, press the mixture firmly into the pan. Make sure it’s even.
Pop in the freezer for thirty minutes, remove to cut the bars, and then keep them in the fridge or freezer!
Makes 5 bars.
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Energy-boosting No-bake Protein Bars (dairy and gluten-free, vegan)
Other Ways To Use Matchinga
If you find yourself slipping in energy during the afternoon and feeling a bit ravenous, don’t reach for a sugar-filled pastry. Instead, keep a stock of these simple, allergy-friendly no-bake, vegan protein bars on hand and boost your energy (and keep your tummy happy!) naturally!