Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Almond Blondie Protein Bars

Almonds are my favourite nut, so it made sense to me that I should make some protein bars with them. They provide healthy fats, help build strong bones and teeth and improve brain function; perfect for a student like me. Well... For anyone really, since they also lower blood cholesterol, nourish the nervous system and alkalise the body. Plus, they taste soooo good. Yeahhh, go almonds! 

Although I initially intended for these to be protein bars, they turned out a bit more like blondies. At least I think that's what they're called, since I myself haven't tasted any and am basing that statement off the recipes I've seen on this blog. They're quite sweet, chewy yet crunchy at the same time, and from what I can imagine that's what a blondie protein bar would taste like. 

 I added some cacao nibs on top for good measure too, since you can't go wrong with anything chocolate related. Unless you're allergic. That would suck.

Almond Blondie Protein Bars

1C oats
1C almonds
1/2C ground flaxseed
1/3C almond butter
3T tahini
1C Medjool dates
1/2C dried figs (or more dates)
Pinch of salt

For garnish: cacao nibs

Soak figs in some warm water for five minutes. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Grind the oats and almonds in a food processor to a fine flour. Add in the ground flaxseeds, almond butter and tahini, and combine again. Now add in the dates and soaked figs, plus a tiny pinch of salt. Combine together until everything starts to stick together. Depending on how sticky the dates are, you might have to add a little bit more to make them stay together. 

Press into a lined baking pan, cut into cubes or bars, and top with cacao nibs. 

Tip: You could also add in some vanilla if you want, but I didn't think of that at the time. Darn it. Oh well, next time...

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