So I’ve been super busy as have started a new job recently and it’s been a little crazy! Things have settled down a little now so I’ve finally found the time to experiment on this tasty new vegan protein bar. Due to said stressful last few weeks at my new job I have also been struggling to make time for breakfasts on certain days of the week where I have to start work super early, so these have been a little saving grace and allowed me to have a really nourishing, satisfying and tasty breakfast on the go when I need it most!
I am not advocating having a rushed breakfast on the go, in any way, as I’m all for sitting and eating mindfully and making an occasion of the food I eat to increase digestion. However this is not something that is always possible 100% of the time, and I think it’s better to be prepared and have a healthy option available for the times that I do find that my morning is a little crazy. I always make sure that the other 2 meals in my day are eaten mindfully and not rushed if I have had a particularly busy morning!
Mindful eating is something that we should all try to work on as too many of us eat breakfast in the car or at our desks while focusing on other things, the same for lunch and then we watch TV while eating our dinner. My approach to mindful eating is learning to pay attention. Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating … you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. During the past 20 years, studies have found that mindful eating can help you to reduce overeating and binge eating, lose weight, cope with chronic eating problems such as anorexia and bulimia, reducing anxious thoughts about food and your body and also increase digestion.
I decided to experiment with these new bars as I had been struggling to find a decent go to breakfast bar out there that is not either full of sugar, ridiculously expensive or lacking in protein. Or so full of protein that it tastes like a bar of chewy chalk (usually the whey protein types). These vegan bars contain approx. 14g of protein, a tiny amount of sugar and taste like heavenly chocolate from the cacao (which by the way is totally good for you! If you don’t know about the health benefits of raw cacao then read my blog post here).
These little gems contain plenty of fibre, B viamints (for energy) and beta glucans (amazing for the immune system) from the oats. They contain healthy fats from the nuts (and some more protein), magnesium from the cacao, and an energy boost and hormone support from the maca powder! Because they are rich in protein they will keep you full all morning which is exactly what you want so you don’t start craving biscuits and coffee at 10am, which is guaranteed to happen if you consume a sugar laden breakfast that contains no healthy fats or protein, such as cereal or toast. This is the way to start your day off if you want to have low energy and be flagging, reaching for coffee in the afternoon. Trust me! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so always make sure that your breakfast is as low in sugar as it can be, as high in protein as possible, with some healthy fats from things like eggs, avocados, nuts etc.
(Also, did I mention that they are totally free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar)
I hope you love them as much as I have…
100g peanut or other nut butter
120g jumbo rolled oats
150ml coconut or rice milk
15g raw cacao powder
60g vegan protein powder (I use Sun Warrior which is a rice protein variety)
15g liquid sweetener i.e brown rice syrup or maple syrup (you can add more if you like them a bit sweeter)
1 dessert spoon maca powder
Mix the oats, cacao, maca powder and protein powder in to a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the peanut butter, syrup and milk. Then combine both mixtures and mix until everything comes together. If it seems too claggy add a splash more milk.
Line a square tin (approx. 7″x7″) with baking paper, and press the mixture in to the tin. Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes and then bake in a preheated fan assisted oven at 180 degrees for ten minutes only.
Slice in to 6 and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy weekend