Almond Chocolate Protein Squares

Just a couple days ago, I received my FIXATE cookbook in the mail.The book is written by one of the creators of the 21 Day Fix, Autumn Calabrese. I would definitely recommend this book, whether you do the 21 Day Fix or not! I was looking through it for a sweet snack or dessert, and came across this recipe. It’s healthy but also tastes really delicious and is vegan! Another plus: no baking involved and these could be done in less than 30 minutes. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup protein powder, vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup all natural almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 dark chocolate chips, melted

Directions:

  1. Line 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place oat flour, protein powder, almond flour, and salt in food processor; pulse to mix.
  3. Add almond butter and vanilla extract, pulse for 1 minute or until crumbly.
  4. Add almond milk and pulse for 1 minute or until soft dough is formed.
  5. Press dough into prepared pan. Smooth top with a spatula.
  6. Freeze, covered, for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut into 16 squares.
  8. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of squares.
  9. Freeze for 10 minutes or until chocolate sets.
  10. Store in freezer for up to one week in airtight container.

Variations:

  • You can substitute almond butter with peanut butter, cashew butter, seed butters, or hazelnut butter.
  • Almond flour can be substituted with coconut or hazelnut flour.

Tips: 

  • If you want to make sure these protein squares are gluten-free, look for certified gluten free oats or flour.
  • You can make your own oat flour by processing oats in a food processor.
  • You can make your own almond flour by processing 1 cup of almonds in a food processor (20 second intervals) 1 cup almonds ~ = 1 cup flour. If you can’t find it in stores, look online or in club stores.

My take: 

I made my own oat flour like it says in the tips section. It’s easy, but I would recommend using a food processor. I did mine in the blender and there were still large pieces of oats mixed in with the ground oats. Instead of almond flour, I used coconut flour. Coconut flour is much cheaper than almond flour, and it worked just as well. I used mostly peanut butter (another variation above) because again, it’s also cheaper than almond butter. To melt the chocolate chips, add a bit of oil so the chocolate doesn’t burn and it’s glossy. I hope you’ll consider making these delicious protein squares! They aren’t super sweet but are pretty much like dessert or a granola bar. I believe everyone can use a little nutty, chocolately treat in their life, especially because it can make your happy and healthy adventure just that little much more enjoyable. 🙂 ❤

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