Hello and happy Monday! Things have been a little crazy lately, and this past week was no exception and due to some things that came up I wasn’t able to get in the kitchen and I didn’t get any of the dishes photographed these last couple weeks that I had hoped. Since we did that last minute smoothie bowl countdown last week posting one every day I couldn’t bring myself to post a smoothie bowl today. Don’t get me wrong I love them but needed to switch things up. I couldn’t not post today, it’s Meatless Monday! Going through some old posts I had written and not yet posted I can’t even believe I hadn’t posted these Mocha Muesli Protein Bars and knew they were perfect for a little Monday motivation! Looking at my notes I remembered wanting to space them out from my other Mocha Muesli Bars and was hoping to rephotograph these the next time I made them which oops I forgot because I’ve made them since but the last time did balls instead of bars, pretty sure photographing the 3 left in the freezer wouldn’t work well.
As I said in my Mocha Muesli Bar post I wasn’t sure I liked the texture, after the first batch was devoured I decided they were a win but that was after I already went to work playing with another version in the kitchen. This version, a protein version, obviously has protein and is more of a protein bar than an energy bar like the other in that there are no dates in these bars. Instead of having the texture like a Lara Bar these are more like a Cliff Bar, power ball, protein ball, or snack bite. Great for taking out on a hike or weekend adventure or I like to cut into smaller bars for a snack. Either way you will big fueled for where ever the path leads and the day has in store.
Mocha Muesli Protein Bars
Makes a 9×9 pan, 8-16 servings
2c chocolate muesli (used Seven Sundays Cocoa & Coconut Muesli)
1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa/cacao powder
1 scoop (44g) chocolate protein (used Vega Sport also like Vega Clean Protien)
3/4c almond butter (for fun Wild Friends Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter)
3/4c maple syrup
3 tsp espresso powder
1/4c mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs (Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips)
*If you can’t get or want to make it without Seven Sunday’s Cocoa & Coconut Muesli you can use another chocolate muesli, or plain and add in 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, 1 TBSP cocoa powder, and 1 Medjool date pitted and chopped.
** If you want a softer fudgy like bar you can add in more nut butter and maple syrup, or reducing the oat flour and coconut flour by half to start.
Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor pulse muesli a few times to chop to a crumb texture, the coarser the texture the more texture the bars will have. In a large bowl combine muesli, oat flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, protein powder, and espresso powder. Warm syrup and almond butter together in the microwave for about a minute and mix until smooth. Pour the mixture into the dry and mix using a wooden spoon, spatula, or hands. Mix in chocolate chips/cacao nibs and press mixture into prepared pan. Place in the freezer to set, about 1 hours, to making cutting easier. Remove pan and life parchment paper out. Cut into desired size, for hiking or bigger bars we cut into 8, for smaller snack bars 16. Wrap bars individually, or place in a airtight container, and keep in the refrigerator or freezer (recommended) for longer storage. Enjoy!
Mocha Muesli Protein Bars for some Monday motivation! @VegaTeam @SevenSundaysMN #MeatlessMonday #SweatPink Click To Tweet
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While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I listed as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.