Mint Protein Bars
Good Morning! Today I am sharing with you a superfood packed healthy snack in the form of these Mint Protein bars! I have collaborated with the wonderful Indigo Herbs to create these mint protein bars using their Wheatgrass powder, Pea Protein Powder and Yacon Syrup. I enjoy creating a range of healthy snacks and stocking my fridge and freezer on a weekly basis. This ensures that I always have something wholesome and nutritious to munch on, especially when I am having food cravings between meals. I notice this always tends to happen to me post an exercise work out or during an early evening. My solution is to keep a ready stock of savoury crackers, dips, bars and energy balls to fuel me through the day!
These nutrient dense mint protein bars are really simple to make. These paleo bars are made with a base of brazil nuts and packed pea protein powder and superfoods like wheatgrass powder and yacon syrup. I added a small amount of peppermint essence to get a peppermint flavour. I wanted to have a new flavour in my healthy snacks. This is optional but with the addition of the raw chocolate drizzle these end up tasting like the healthiest After 8s! The mint flavour also helps balance the slightly strong aftertaste of the Pea protein powder.
These are no bake, vegan bars that are set in your freezer. There is not much effort or work required to make these delicious and healthy treats. Before I share this recipe I would like to take the time to briefly let you know about the health benefits of wheatgrass powder and yacon syrup. Both these superfoods are new to me and I was so excited to try them and find a creative way to introduce them into my diet.
What are the Health benefits of Wheatgrass powder?
Wheatgrass comes from the same family as oats and rye but is cut off just before it transforms into the grain. All greens have a certain amount of chlorophyll but not all of it can be digested by human beings. Chlorophyll helps in reducing the ageing process, suppressing hunger, blood purification and fighting cancer. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll and is most bio-available to human beings. It is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium and amino acids. It is hence a good anti oxidant and can help protect the body cells from damage from free radicals. It is also found to improve digestion and can be curative for those suffering from constipation. I was lucky to be sent some amazing quality Organic wheatgrass powder by the wonderful people at Indigo Herbs. These are freeze dried and organic, so they have greater nutrients kept intact. Vibrant and green, with a mild grassy flavour, they were the perfect superfood addition to my delicious mint protein bars.
What is Yacon Syrup?
Yacon syrup is a sweetener extracted from the Yacon Tuber root grown in Peru. It is another fantastic Peruvian superfood. It has a low Glycemic Index and its main component consists of FOS short for fructooligosaccharides. These while making it sweet on the tongue cannot be digested by the human digestive system and hence cannot cause weight gain or increased sugar high or rush. Further these FOS then act as food for the friendly bacteria in the digestive system. It can thus also promote a healthy gut. The FOS function as great soluble and fermentable fibre which also aids against constipation.
Due to its high fibre content it should be slowly added into your diet. It should also not be used in cooking or baking as it the FOS breaks down on heating. It became very popular after a famous American TV host claimed that it can help lose weight and can be used as a supplement to ensure weight loss. While there are no large scale studies on this, I am not too focussed on promoting Yacon syrup for its weight loss ability. I find it a great low calorie, refined sugar alternative, liquid sweetener, perfect for my raw snacks and desserts or in salad dressings or drizzled over pancakes. The Yacon syrup sent to me had a thick consistency and a mild caramel flavour. I found it to be a wonderful addition to my recipe for mint protein bars.
I really hope you like this recipe for a No Bake, Paleo, Vegan Mint Protein Bars. If you are interested to try more vegan protein based snack recipes then have a read for my recipe for Chocolate Hemp Protein Balls or recipe for Mango Baobab Energy Balls. These are other delicious superfood based sweet snack recipe creations of mine. If you do recreate this recipe then I would so appreciate it if you would let me know how it turns out in the comments below. If you share it on Instagram then please do use the tag @meghnas_ and #meghnas so that I can appreciate your wonderful creations as well and re-share them on my account!