Post workout protein bar
Looking for something to eat after a workout, or to easily grab as an afternoon healthy snack? This is the my latest favourite creation and it’s super easy to make. It also freezes really well so you can make this batch which gives you 10 generous slices and if you don’t trust yourself to not eat the entire lot in one go (like I don’t), you can slice it up and pop it in the freezer for later.
Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein, essential nutrients, and good fats and in combination with the vanilla, coconut and goji berries the whole combination is just ridiculously tasty, yet there’s not one single ingredient in the recipe which doesn’t do positive things for your health!
After a workout, your body has increased nutritional needs, particularly for protein and anti-inflammatory nutrients so you can recover and repair quickly ahead of your next bout of exercise. Combining these nutrients into something that’s portable and tastes amazing makes for a perfect post-workout bar and is just what your body needs.
You can swap the recipe around as you wish, so if you don’t have cashews in the house or you don’t like cashews, switch them for almonds or macadamias, using the same amount as in the recipe so the proportion is kept them same (around 1 part dates to 3 parts nuts). This gives the recipe a squidgy consistency which doesn’t crumble and can be easily pressed into a bar.
The flavour is from the vanilla and coconut so if you take these out, just ensure you replace them with equally natural and delicious flavours so they remain just as moreish and you can switch the gojis for chopped up dried apricots. So many different combinations and so many opportunities to get inventive but this one is my favourite.
You can slice it up into bars (this recipe makes 10 bars) or you can also chop it up into bitesize little pieces for a light healthy bite with an afternoon cuppa.
All the healthy best,
- 300g cashews ( 1½ cups)
- 6 medjool dates, de-stoned (125g or ½ cup)
- 30g desiccated coconut (1/2 cup)
- 50g pumpkin seeds (1/4 cup)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds/ linseeds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- pinch salt
- 20g dried goji berries for decoration
- Blend cashews until crumbly, add the dates and blend well. (Note, if you don't use medjool dates, soak your dates for half an hour in water to give them the moisture and sticking power they need to bind the bar together and discard the water).
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, minus the goji berries and continue to blend until you get a sticky consistency and you can squeeze the mixture together with your fingers without the mixture crumbling or falling apart.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and empty the blended mixture onto the tray.
- Press the mixture flat using the palms of your hands so you get an even spread, right into the corners of the tray.
- Sprinkle the goji berries on top of the flattend mixture and lightly press them into the bar so they slink slightly and are incorporated into the bar.
- Place the tray in a freezer for half an hour to set before portioning.
- Divide the tray into 10 even pieces or smaller pieces for a bitesize portion if you want the bar to last longer and enjoy post wokout for recovery and nourishment.