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