Who’s a snacker? I am. I have to since my blood sugar gets low and I get tired and I might yell at you and please, hide the weapons. My go-to snacks are often nuts and raisins, protein shakes, chocolate, chips, crackers, fruit, veggies, hummus, wow I snack a lot. I tend to eat smaller meals more often so it’s just part of how it goes. I can’t eat if my stomach is too full and it gets full quickly.
I found these protein bars of Angela’s over at Oh She Glows (great vegan blog, lots of GF things too). But, a half cup of maple syrup is too much sweetener for a snack for me, plus the price of maple syrup is nuts. So I thought I’d adapt it to stevia-sweetened only. Angele says she doesn’t like the taste of stevia, which I understand, since I didn’t for awhile either until it was my only choice.
When you adapt sweeteners in a recipe, you have to figure out what purpose the sweetener was playing: just sweetness, liquid, binder? In this case, the maple syrup was a binder as well as a sweetener. So I added coconut oil and milk to help add liquid and bind. Plus coconut oil is good for you. I also adjusted Angela’s recipe by using a crunched up rice cake instead of rice cereal, since cereal is often sweetened and also because I didn’t have any.
This is not a bring-to-your labor-day picnic-down-the-block bar, especially with the sweeteness dialed back in my version. It’s more of a breakfast bar, snack, and for an diner that already had some experience with health foods.
- Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp, and salt together in a large bowl.
- Add in the nut/seed butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, and vanilla. Stir well to combine. If the mixture is a bit dry, add a splash of non-dairy milk and mix again.
- Stir in raisins and chocolate chunks if using.
- Press into pan and press down flat. Pop into the freezer.
- After freezing the bars for about 5-10 minutes, remove from freezer and slice into bars. Store in the freezer for a week or longer in an air-tight freezer bag or container.