Mint Protein Bars {Paleo, Vegan, No Bake}

Mint Protein Bars {Paleo, Vegan, No Bake}
January 18, 2017 megsri8
Mint Protein Bars

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!

 

mint protein bars

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?

Mint Protein Bars

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?

Mint Protein Bars

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.

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!

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Mint Protein Bars {Paleo, Vegan, No Bake}
Mint Protein Bars
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
Mint Protein Bars
Instructions
  1. In a food processor add the brazil nuts and coconut chip and process till they resemble fine crumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients at this point except the water, peppermint essence and the chocolate.
  2. Once it is well combined, add half the water and half the amount of peppermint essence and blitz till combined. If you prefer to have a stronger peppermint flavour add the rest of the peppermint essence. Slowly keep adding the water a little at a time. You will know if it ready when it starts forming into a ball.
  3. If you do not have a food processor. Then grind the brazil nuts and coconut chips into a fine powder and then mix int the rest of the ingredients by hand following the method stated above.
  4. Line a rectangle tray or box with baking paper and press down the green protein mixture into an even layer. It should be 1 inch in thickness. Place in your freezer for 1 hour to harden a bit. Then cut into rectangle bars.
  5. Melt the raw chocolate or dark chocolate of choice and drizzle over the frozen bars or dip the bars into the chocolate. Make a mess and have some fun! Store in the freezer or fridge.
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2 Comments

  1. Laurel 9 months ago

    These bars look SO good! Love that they sneak in an extra serving of greens!

    • meghna 9 months ago

      Thanks Laurel! Thats what I love doing-adding greens and veg into everything! haha! Glad you like this idea!

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