Over the years I've experimented with different protein bar recipes. I've tried almost every type of protein powder on the market: brown rice powders (unsweetened, vanilla, and chocolate), hemp protein powders (in every variation you can imagine), collagen powder, pea protein, pumpkin protein, and probably a few that I'm forgetting lol.
Today I'm sharing a vegan protein bar recipe that I reeeeally like and I think you will too. I've checked off all the boxes to make them work for everyone: they're vegan, sugar free, gluten free, grain free, nut free option, soy free, and low carb - AND I truly think they're delicious too. In fact I can't stop eating them!!! When it comes to protein bars I'm picky. I actually can't think of one that I'd buy at the store, as I find them all to have either a terrible texture (too chewy/tough or chalky) or have a funny taste. Anyone else feel this way? If you do have a great bar recommendation, I'd love to hear it.
Recently I discovered Ergogenics, a Vancouver based company that is dedicated to creating high quality plant-based protein and green powders. I like that they provide a hemp protein powder that also has greens in it. It makes it easy to blast yourself with nutrition in one easy shot. In addition to the hemp, it contains greens like spirulina, kale, chlorella, and barley grass juice, and spinach.
I'll be perfectly honest. I'm always a touch leery when it comes to protein powders because I find many of them hard to digest and the texture is often gritty (back in the day I liked the taste and texture of whey but my body never did well with it). That being said, my digestion DOES respond better to hemp protein powders - and I'm always on the lookout for one that I like enough to take regularly.
I've been so pleasantly surprised with Ergogenics Plant Protein +Greens powder and have been having the vanilla one in my smoothie every morning lately. Its really good! The texture is fantastic when I get it blended with my other smoothie ingredients (coconut milk, avocado, berries, and sometimes a cooked beet). Taste-wise, it is quite sweet so it compliments the fact that the rest of my smoothie is sugar free. They use monk fruit as the sweetener to ensure that there are 0 grams of sugar in a serving. If you're not familiar with monk fruit, it's an Asian melon that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar but without any calories or any impact to blood sugar!!!!! Insane or what?! Monk fruit contains powerful antioxidants called mogrosides that are metabolized differently in the body than natural sugars which is why it doesn't have any impact on blood sugar.
One serving of the vanilla protein powder has 20 grams of easy-to-digest hemp protein, 6 servings of vegetables, 140 calories, 3g fat, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, and 2 g sugar.
I've used Ergogenics Chocolate Plant Protein +Greens powder to create the protein bar recipe that I'm sharing today. The texture is slightly chewy but soft, chocolatey, and sweet - but not too sweet especially depending on how dark the chocolate is that you dip them into.
These bars are vegan, gluten free, grain free, soy free, low carb, and have a nut-free option.
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