These no bake maple almond bars are gluten free, protein backed, and the perfect snack that are naturally sweet and easy to make!
Happy November! Can you guys believe that we have just two months left of 2017? This has defiantly been the craziest year by far for me, given that I moved to college and have had to make a whirlwind of adjustments. This past weekend, I decided to take *me* time and stay in for the weekend (i.e- not going out and drinking every night) and BOY did it feel good. I ordered my self pizza both nights, ate the full pizza both nights, had ice cream each night, watched some movies and Netflix (rewatched some Glee- no shame), got ahead on homework, and most of all- gave my body a break from alcohol. Man, did it feel good. My best friend is flying in for the weekend on Friday, so I feel ready to show her a good time 😉
These next two weeks are gonna be crazy for me, as I fly home next Thursday, but before that, I have two papers, a presentation, and a math midterm. That means I’m gonna be hella busy, which calls for all the meal prep and make ahead snacks. Solution- these no bake maple almond bars!
Originally, these bars were going to be inspired by my cinnamon almond protein bars, but decided against it because… I didn’t want to get my food processor out. I know, I know- LAZY. But, one of my roommates was sleeping, and I’ve learned the fastest way to start a fight is to use that thing when someone’s resting. Since I love the combination of maple and almond so much, I decided to go in that route, with these no bake maple almond bars!
The nice thing about these maple almond bars is that they’re filled with healthy fats, complex carbs, and protein! I was struggling at first as to how I could add in protein, but thankfully, Vital Proteins came to the rescue. Vital Proteins is one of my favorite brands because of their minimal ingredient, wholesome collagen products that I swear by! They’re the only “meat” products I eat, and I’ve fully bought into the collagen trend. I’m also not a trend person, so that’s saying something.
For these bars, I used their unflavored collagen protein peptides , but if you’re vegan, you can totally omit this step! The key to getting the bars to stick together is a combination of brown rice syrup, almond butter, and maple syrup. This also provides the bars with healthy fats, natural sweetness (making them refined sugar free), and a great texture. For the carbs, we’re using oat flour, and I have not tested these with paleo flours, but if you do, let me know how it turns out! Lastly, we’re using chopped almonds & maple extract to get the perfect flavor.
These require 7 ingredients, are gluten free & vegan friendly, and no bake! When you make these maple almond bars, don’t forget to send me a photo on Instagram @tennishealthfitness.
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup brown rice syrup
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup oat flour*
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp maple extract
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Peptides (omit if vegan)
- In a large microwave safe bowl, melt your almond butter until a creamy consistency. Once melted, mix the maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and maple extract together until combined.
- Add in the oat flour, chopped almonds, collagen peptides (if using), and sea salt. Mix well (this will take a few minutes, so don't add any other ingredients).
- Press into an 8x8 baking tray, and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove and place in the fridge for 30 more minutes.
- Cut into bars and enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own.
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