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Double Chocolate Raw Protein Bars

Sugar free, nut free, and vegan, these raw chocolate protein bars are perfect for summer days when it's just too hot to turn the oven on. Loaded with healthy fats like avocado and hemp, these are also oil free. Sweetened with dates and banana.
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large spotty banana
  • 3/4 cup medjool dates packed
  • 1 small ripe avocado (~1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or grease it very well. I used a long rectangular tart dish with  a lift-out bottom. It doesn't really matter what kind of dish you use as a mold. If you're really crunched for time you can also just form the dough into balls and freeze them that way.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. In a food processor (or with a fork and some serious elbow grease) blend the banana, dates, avocado, and vanilla into a smooth paste. Add this mixture to the bowl with the seedy goodness and mix well. Get in there with your hands if you need to.
  4. Press the bar dough into your prepared pan and press down firmly. Either wet your hands for this or use an offset spatula. Freeze for at least thirty minutes before cutting. You can top them with raw chocolate and coconut if you'd like. Store in the freezer.