With the new year, as usual, came a whole flock of new resolutions: eat healthier, get fitter, do better – you know the usual crap. BUT! We decided to actually try and make some homemade gluten-free protein bars and OMG they are delicious!!!!
The recipe is super-duper easy – as long as you have a blender of some description, you’re good (I also used my kitchen aid, but I’m lazy).
So, let’s get to it:
Ingredients: (if you don’t need gluten-free, just use regular versions of everything!)
2.5 cups of old-fashioned gluten-free oats (you could use the quick oats if you don’t want to specifically buy old-fashioned, but you might want to blend it first, then add about 2 cups, if it’s too wet, add more).
1 scoop protein powder (usually gluten-free, but you definitely should check). I used chocolate flavour.
10 pitted soft Medjool dates [I found mine at Kroger and the box has about 25 in, so enough for two batches]
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup full milk
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate (broken and melted)
Line a 9″ square baking tin with parchment paper (or give it a quick spray with oil)
Chuck the oats and protein powder in the blender/food processor and whizz until flour-like.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until, as we’d say where I grew up “claggy”… which is sticky but not too wet or doughy. You may need to add more milk (I added an extra splash or two, which is probably about a tablespoon extra). I also used the kitchen aid for this, as the blender just wasn’t working for me. If you don’t have a blender, chuck the mix into a bowl and use a spoon or your hands to make sure that it’s mixed well.
Throw it in the lined/greased pan and flatten to the edges. Try to smooth the top, if you can. You can let it set at room temperature, or put it in the fridge (I recommend sitting another piece of parchment on top). They need stored in the fridge anyway.
Once it’s set, you can cut into nine good-sized bars, or eighteen smaller ones.
[I’m going to try other versions without dates – with nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond, sunbutter) to see how they work. I’ll let you know!!!