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Choc Millet Protein Bar

So we all know I love baking and making my own snacks! But staying with my grandparents in Switzerland (with a kitchen so small it already feels overcrowded with one person it), plus being out and about exploring and enjoying the beautiful Swiss weather all day every day, spending a lot of time making snacks definitely wasn't on the to-do list.

But, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. So I came up with a Plan B to make sure I still always had some wholesome and delicious snacks around to keep me fuelled and nourished, especially while being so active.

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A super simple and quick to make, homemade choc protein bar! It tastes fudgy and delicious, is packed with protein, fibre, omega 3 fatty acids and slow-releasing complex carbs (plus a whole lot of micros too!), it's easy to take with you on the go AND best of all, it literally takes less than 10 minutes to make - you don't even need a blender!

Of course you could also buy some kind of protein bars when you're travelling, but I find that store bought snack bars and protein bars are often filled with not-so-nice ingredients like refined sugars and syrups, sugar alcohols, flavours, oil and fillers...or they're very (very) expensive. Or both.

So without further rambling, here is my travel-friendly, super healthy and tasty recipe! Make sure you tag me on Instagram if you try these out so I can see your bars too :)

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Ingredients:

  • 100g millet flakes (see Notes)
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 1 scoop (30g) plant based choc protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp flaxseed meal
  • Almond milk or water

Method:

  1. Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes to soften (they need to nice and squishy because remember we aren't using a blender for this recipe!).
  2. Stir together all ingredients, adding enough liquid to the mix so everything is well coated and forms a sticky 'dough'.
  3. Press firmly into a baking paper lined container or tin, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours to firm.
  4. Slice into squares and enjoy!

Notes:

  • Quinoa flakes or oats can be used instead of millet flakes
  • Add 2 tsp of cacao nibs for a chocolatey crunch!

 

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