Coconut Cashew Protein SquaresSep 05, 2023
Decadent no-bake coconut cashew protein bars pack 12g of protein making them an energizing snack or satisfying dessert.
As Registered Dietitians, we love that these homemade protein bars contain a blend of protein, healthy fats, and fibre-filled carbs for a blood sugar supportive snack option. Let's consider the contribution of key ingredients and how they positively impact energy, satisfaction, and fullness:
- Oats: oats offer a source or carbohydrate which boost energy levels. The oats also contain fibre which contribute to fullness.
- Protein powder: the whey isolate offers protein which helps you feel more satisfied by influencing hormones including leptin and ghrelin which communicate satisfaction to the brain.
- Cashews: the cashews offer a source of fat which helps keep you energized for longer. This is because fat takes a long time to digest and slow the release of the energizing carbohydrate found in the oats! Cashews also offer fibre which contributes to fullness.
If you are looking for a snack that keeps you satisfied, energized, and full then our nutritionist suggest choosing a snack (like these protein squares) that offer a combination of carbohydrate, protein, fibre, and fat!
CASHEW COCONUT PROTEIN SQUARES
- 1 cup (150g) cashews*
- ¼ cup (80g) honey, melted
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 scoops (120g) vanilla protein powder
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1⅓ cups (120g) intant oats
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons (30g) white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon (5g) coconut oil
*Note: you can replace the cashews with ⅔ cup cashew butter.
- Add the cashews to a high speed food processor and blend for 5-7 minutes to make cashew butter. You may need to stop and scrape the edges of the mixer with a spatula. Ideally, the food processor is 600W or higher. If your food processor isn't very powerful, you may need to blend it for an extra 5 minutes or add some melted coconut oil to the mix.
- When the cashews turn into cashew butter, add the melted honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend in the food processor until combined.
- Then add 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and 1 tablespoon of water. Blend until combined. Continue to add 1 scoop of protein powder and 1 tablespoon of water until all four scoops and all four tablespoons of water are blended into the mixture.
- Next, add ½ cup of the oats and blend. Continue in ½ cup increments until 1½ cup of the oats are added.
- Finally, add the unsweetened shredded coconut and blend until just combined.
- Use a spatula to firmly press the mixture into a parchment lined baking dish. Set the bars in the freezer for 5-15 minutes.
- Melt the white chocolate in the microwave alongside the coconut oil in 15 second intervals until fully melted. Then, remove the bars from the freezer and use a spatula to drizzle the melted white chocolate over the bars.
- Let set in the freezer for 5 minutes before slicing into squares. We sliced ours into 12 squares. We recommend storing them in the freezer.
KITCHEN TOOLS & INGREDIENTS
Cashews are a source of unsaturated fats, are a rich source of antioxidants, and contain key minerals such as copper and magnesium!
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