Adventure seekers like myself need portable snacks because you never know where the day will take you and when you are going to need something to NOM ON! This is a portable snack that is vegan and gluten free and loaded with superman worthy super foods! Did you know that the Aztec Native Americans were the first known group of people to grind up peanuts to make a paste but Marcellus Gilmore Edson from Canada was issued a patent for the preparation of peanut paste in 1884! Also, according to an article found on Yahoo! January 24th is national peanut butter day, cool. Moving on, these bars are creamy, crunchy and crave worthy. SUPER EASY TO MAKE, no baking, no cake mixers, just a bowl, a baking dish and your hands.
Benefits of Peanuts:
- Loaded with Vitamin E which helps maintain the health of cell membranes and helps protect our skin form free radical damage.
- High in Manganese with helps with the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, regulates blood sugar and supports calcium absorption. Woah!
- Plant based protein and Super yummy!
- According to WHFoods.com and the British Journal of Nutrition they are loaded with antioxidants that promote a healthy heart.
What you need:
1 cup GF rolled oats
1/2 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 Tbls chia seeds
1 1/2 scoops vegan protein powder (I use Warrior Foods)
1/4 cup raw cacao
3/4 cup raw peanut butter
3/4 cup raw honey or agave
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Then add the peanut butter and honey or agave. Mix extremely well. Take dough and press firmly down into a 8×8 baking dish making sure it is evenly packed. Place in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove and cut into mini bars (what every shape you want) use a heart shaped cookie cutter if your heart desires and store in an air tight container between parchment paper for 1-2 weeks! Don’t for get to go out doors and enjoy these babies on a hike!
Notes: If you do not have sliced almonds or puffed brown rice you can omit and use all GF oats instead. Basically I have learned that this recipe allows for flexibility (as does most raw/vegan recipes). You can exchange the dry ingredients for anything you want or simply have on hand. Same goes for the wet ingredients. Use almond butter instead of peanut butter. Try maple syrup instead of honey and so one! Get Creative!