These vegan candy bars are powerfully nutritious and full of protein and fiber. In fact, they are so nutritiously robust, they can be used as a meal replacer. They are also gluten-free and refined sugar free, easy to make and budget-friendly. The best kind of candy bar.
Vegan Candy Bars – 2 Flavors
Vegan Candy Bars in two flavors. One chocolate. One vanilla. Sound good?
Let me tell you all about my two vegan candy bars.
One is full of protein-packed edible cookie dough. The other is chocolate with protein-rich buckwheat.
Both are full of fiber and protein, and don’t cost a lot to make. And, in fact, they contribute significantly to your daily nutrient requirements.
Vegan candy bars for dinner anyone? It’s possible!
Why Are These Bars So Healthy?
These bars are healthy because the base ingredient in each are full of fiber and other nutrients.
Add to that a mix of almond flour and nut butters and mood-and-energy boosting dark chocolate and you have a very nutrition snack. They kind of remind me of a Three Musketeers bar, only far healthier.
Here Are the Two Flavors
1. Chocolate Buckwheat, which has cacao powder, a raw chocolate that boosts your mood and magnesium levels, and buckwheat, a nutrient-packed, gluten-free seed high in protein and fiber.
2. Vanilla Chocolate Chip, which has dark chocolate chips, doing all the good chocolate does, such as boost energy, and magnesium, and cinnamon which balances your blood sugar levels.
Although most ingredients in both bars contribute significantly, buckwheat groats are the one ingredient you might not be familiar with. I’d like to introduce you to this super healthy pseudo-cereal.
How Healthy Are Buckwheat Groats?
Buckwheat groats are are not a grain and have no gluten. So for that reason, many gluten-free recipes embrace it. They are found either online via sources like Bob’s Red Mill, or at whole food stores such as Whole Foods, where they sell buckwheat groats in bulk.
The nutrition that buckwheat groats deliver to these bars is significant.
Groats are high in protein and fiber, and a great source of magnesium, terrific at supporting moods and sleep. They are also high in folate, zinc and vitamin B6. And this study shows buckwheat groats are healthy for the heart and blood sugar control, and are anti-inflammatories.
I’d say we have a winner in these vegan candy bars, don’t you?
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Vegan Candy Bars - 2 Flavors
Chocolate Buckwheat Cookie Dough Bar
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar
Protein Bars (both recipes)
- Choose the bar recipe to make.
- Then blend all ingredients for that recipe in a mini food processor or you can use a high-speed blender. Press the batter into a rectangular mold, or feel free to use a cupcake tray if you don't have or want to buy the bar mold.
- Freeze for one hour or until they feel hard enough to pull out of mold.
- Remove each bar by bending the mold.
- Set on a rack and prepare the chocolate coating.
- Melt 1 cup of the dark chocolate and 1 tsp coconut oil in a dry pan, sitting in a pan of boiling water. Don't let a single drop of water get into the chocolate.Or you can put the chocolate and oil into a micro-wave safe bowl and heat it at 60 seconds, then take it out and stir until all chunks are melted.
- Use two forks to dip each bar and coat, and then let them sit on a wire rack (room temperature for soft center; refrigerator for hard center).
- Optional! Drizzle each with an additional healthy chocolate sauce made of 3 tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 cup cacao powder and 1/2 cup melted coconut oil.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in biology, immunology and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.