Carob, hazelnut and date protein squares

Yummy protein squares

Yummy protein squares

DSC_0527 These bars are an absolute divine treat, perfect for a picnic box filler. I literally love them so much , whenever I am feeling like a treat I can quickly make them, eat them and feel guilty free, because they are a really healthy vegan treat. The dates act as a natural sweetener, whilst adding bulk and nutrition to the bars. I also absolutely adore carob powder, this wonderfully healthy exotic substitute for chocolate has a gorgeous flavour.

DSC_0530These bars are protein bars, because they deliver a large quantity of good protein to the body, so they are perfect for vegan and vegetarian diets .The hemp seeds, hemp milk, flaxseeds and nuts and seeds contribute to the most of the protein, but you can opt for other protein sources such as Maca powder if you wish, the great thing about these bars is you can be adventurous with the freedom of choose, you do not necessarily have to follow the recipe to the book.

Ingredients:

  • 280g of packed, pitted dates (2 cups)
  • 280g rolled oats (2 cups )
  • 4 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 8 tbsp hemp milk
  • 2 tbsp of flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp of hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp of goji berries
  • 1 tbsp of linseed
  • 1 tbsp of dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp of raw millet
  • 50g of dark chocolate (greater than 70% coco)

Put a piece of grease proof paper on a small baking tray (I use a 10 by 7 inch baking tray). Place the dates in a high speed blender ( I used a nutribullet ). Blend until the dates are chopped and sticky.

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Then add in the rolled oats, carob powder, milled flaxseed, hemp seeds, salt, hemp milk and the hazelnuts to the dates in the blender. You want to process this until the ingredience form a mixture which you can scrape of the sides. If you are having trouble blending the ingredience just add bit more milk to the mixture.

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Then add all the other seeds, the goji berries and the dried cranberries leaving the raw millet and chocolate for the next steps. Process again for 1-2 seconds, but you do not want to blend all the seeds and dried fruit too much, you want them to still be visible. Finally add the raw millet and stir it into the mixture, since you want to keep it unprocessed, because the millet add a little crunch to the protein bars.

DSC_0522Then place the mixture into the lined baking tray, make sure the mixture is spread evenly, then flatten it down ,I use a little rolling pin to do this .

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Melt the chocolate and then spread it on the mixture, I then added more seeds to the top of the chocolate. Finally leave to set in the freezer for up to 15 minutes.

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