Audience, meet flax seed and chia seeds. Judging by the amount of these suckers that come in a bag, I will be good friends with these guys for quite awhile.
From my first few experiences with these seeds, they don't taste like anything at all. They really are just there for crunch and to provide beneficial nutrients, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and protein.
I had also never tried coconut oil until now, and I can now say I am a huge fan. It's kind of neat actually. It comes in a jar, is very solid at room temperature, and melts at 76°F. In this recipe, the addition of coconut oil acts to solidify the bars and better bind them together as they freeze.
Plus, who doesn't love a sweet snack that requires no baking and can be simply stored in the freezer for a great on-the-go [healthy] treat?
Averie's Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
1/4 C coconut oil
1 ripe banana, mashed
1.5 C oats
1/2 C shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 C craisins (can use raisins or dried fruit mix)
1/2 C dark chocolate chips
1/2 C agave (can also use maple syrup)
1/2 C peanut butter (I used Teddie's natural chunky peanut butter - my favorite!)
2 Tbsp flax seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
- Melt coconut oil in microwave until liquid.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well with a spoon.
- Place plastic wrap in the bottom of an 8"x8" baking dish and cover completely. This will make it much easier to remove the bars after freezing and a hassle free clean-up!
- Transfer mixture to the baking dish and flatten evenly with a spoon or fork. Place in the freezer for 2+ hours.
- Remove and cut into 10 bars. Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to one month.