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How would you like a granola bar that's both delicious and good for you? One that has a nice balance of protein and carbohydrates? Well look no further, because I have got the perfect little frosty snack just for you.
Yes you heard correctly.
I've been thinking about making some new healthy snack bars that would be perfect for when hunger pangs strike. They're sort of a mix between banana ice cream and granola bars. The banana is what mainly holds them together, which is also why these guys get stored in the freezer.
I would suggest eating them in a bowl or on a little plate with a fork or spoon dessert style. Otherwise they will melt in your hands. We don't want that happening.
These would make a great healthy dessert. They would also be great for after workouts when you're a hot sweaty mess. You know when sometimes all you want is something nice and cool. Now that I've painted a rather gross image in your mind...
There's also an added bonus to these snack bars - they whip together faster than any other granola bar I've ever made (about 5 minutes -minus freezing time), and it only takes one bowl! They are also easily made vegan, just be sure to use a good vegan protein powder and viola! My favourite is Vega Sport.
Frosty No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Keywords: no-bake breakfast snack gluten-free grain-free low-sodium protein soy-free vegan option vegetarian banana chocolate north coast naturals whole grains bars
Ingredients (Makes 6 bars)
- 1 1/4 cup mashed banana (about 2 large banana's)
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
- 2/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I used North Coast Naturals 100% Iso Protein)
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Mash banana in a medium sized bowl using a potato masher or the back of a fork. Add rolled oats, crispy rice cereal, protein powder, peanut butter, and sea salt and stir until fully mixed. Now stir in chocolate chips.
Using a spatula, scrape and press the batter into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure the batter is evenly spread by smoothing the top with your spatula. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer and slice into bars. They will melt quite fast so please serve immediately or keep them stored in your freezer for when you want a quick snack.
Sounds pretty indulgent.
As if you're cheating, right?
Well, you won't be with these!
If you've never had protein pancakes before I can almost guarantee you'll be in for a real treat. And if you're not a banana lover you may still want to give these a chance. The banana acts like a replacement for the oil or butter in an old-fashioned style pancake batter, and gives the pancakes a nice tropical hint of flavour. If you really don't want to use banana or you just don't have any on hand, then you can replace it with about 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce. This will work just the same.
You'll never know these are made of coconut flour/ ground oats + mashed banana + vanilla protein powder. Not to mention a few other healthy breakfast items like egg whites and natural peanut butter. The flavour of the coconut flour also adds to the tropical theme.
These protein pancakes will help keep you feeling full and nourished until lunchtime without all the guilt that a regular stack of pancakes might give you.
For a weekend treat, you might even want to consider these serving with small handful of dark chocolate chips.
Or maybe a drizzle of maple syrup.
A healthy dollop of almond butter.
...Fresh wild blueberries...
Maybe even all of the above.
Your pancakes just got an upgrade. You're most welcome.
Banana Protein Pancakes
Keywords: breakfast bread gluten-free grain-free protein soy-free vegetarian
Ingredients (6 small pancakes)
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- ¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder (I used North Coast Naturals Iso Protein)
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour (or oat flour)
- ½ cup liquid egg whites (4 egg whites)
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk thoroughly until combined into a smooth batter.
Place a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and lightly grease the pan with sunflower seed oil.
Once the pan is hot, pour about 3-4 tbsp (about 1/4 cup) of the batter onto the skillet, and cook until you see little bubbles appear on the pancake’s surface; about 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until golden.
Transfer to a plate to keep warm in the oven and repeat with remaining batter.
Top with fresh fruits, pure maple syrup, or nut butter.
To store leftovers
Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
Now just for giggles I thought I'd show you what my first two attempts looked like when cooking.
Ugh! So not pretty. This is what happens when you try multitasking while cooking pancakes.