I’m trying to make it a point to reduce the number of packaged protein bars I buy and continue to make my own. Why? Because making them is so easy, inexpensive and you can do whaaatever you want…. like put chickpeas in your protein bars. Yes, chickpeas.
The base of this recipe only has seven main ingredients and then you get to unleash your inner creativity and add all the mix ins as you please. The chickpeas give these bars amazing texture and flavor, especially when combined with a nut butter…. oh, and chocolate. These only take 10 minutes to prepare and I’m 100% game for any recipe that doesn’t require preheating the oven and turning my kitchen upside down.
No Bake Chickpea Protein Bars
- 1/2 cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 4 medjool dates (pitted)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of sea salt
- mix ins of choice
Line a loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.
Combine chickpeas, dates, peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt in a large food processor. Process until smooth. Scrape the sides down, if necessary.
Add in protein powder and almond milk. Process again until the mixture starts to form a "dough."
Stir in mix ins of choice; I used 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of chopped cashews and 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes.
Press the mixture evenly into the lined loaf pan. Freeze for an hour before removing the paper and slicing into 6-8 bars.
Place the sliced bars in a container and store in the fridge or the freezer.
-Use any nut butter you'd like in this recipe.
-I used Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein (Unflavored), but any protein powder should work.