These squares are the real deal!
Gluten free oats, seeds and nuts are all full of plant based protein, iron, fibre and healthy fats for long lasting energy.
Many store bought protein bars are high in sugar and low in fibre causing an energy spike and then a crash, often leaving you more hungry and tired than before you ate it.
Not these squares – they have all the right ingredients to nourish your mind, muscles, digestion and energy levels.
They’re simple to make, delicious and perfect as a healthy afternoon snack or breakfast on a busy morning. I like to make a double batch and keep them in the freezer so I have a healthy snack ready to go anytime.
makes 10-12 squares
Line a 9×9 baking dish with two layers of parchment paper, large pieces so it is hanging out over the edges.
In a large bowl combine nuts, oats, seeds, cinnamon and sea salt.
In a small saucepan stir together the brown rice syrup and almond butter over medium heat until it is lightly bubbling and well combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour the warm mixture over the dry mixture and stir to combine. It will get a bit tough to stir but make sure everything is well mixed together.
Pour the combined mixture into the baking dish and put hot water on your hands to press it into the dish. Be firm and make sure that the mixture is pressed hard into the dish and into all the corners.
Put the dish in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and use the parchment paper to take the now hardened mixture out of the pan. Cut it into approximately 2″ x 2″ squares. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
TIPS & NUTRITION
These squares are full of protein, iron, fibre and healthy fast for long lasting energy.
Feel free to add in some dark chocolate chips or dried cranberries but keep in mind this will add some sugar.
Do not substitute the brown rice syrup as they won;t turn out. It is a gentle, natural sweetener that can be found at most health food stores.