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A very beautiful, yet very simple to make Vegan Crunchy Chocolate Mint Protein Bar filled with puffed quinoa and dark chocolate.
Okay the real reason why I made these Vegan Crunchy Chocolate Mint Protein Bars is because I was cleaning out my pantry and found a few things that I forgot about. One of them is a jar of chocolate coconut mint spread I ordered from Eating Evolved so long ago, that they don’t even make it anymore.
Further digging in the pantry I found a bag of puffed quinoa and some chocolate protein powder. I placed the ingredients on my counter like a contestant from Chopped and immediately thought crunchy protein bar!
To make these bars I used 2 cups of puffed quinoa and added 3 scoops of vegan chocolate powder, half a cup of flaxseed meal and a quarter of a cup of chia seeds and cocoa nibs. I mixed all the dry ingredients together and then melted the minty chocolate coconut spread with some coconut nectar and mixed everything it.
I used a rectangle tart tin with a removable bottom and pressed the mixture in there and placed it in the freezer until it was solid.
To remove from the tart tin, you may need to splash some hot water on the bottom to the tin to release and then cut the mixture into bars.
I find decorating my protein bars part of my artistic expression. I never know how they are going to look at the end. I’m as surprised as you are to see how pretty they turned out.
To start I melted some vegan dark chocolate with coconut oil to make it easier to handle.
Then I coated each bar with chocolate and then drizzled more chocolate on top.
As a finishing touch I added some dried flowers and fresh mint.
Then I dusted some matcha powder on them and they started to look like fallen logs in the forest. I mean… gah so pretty. Can you believe these are protein bars? Give me these over Quest bars anytime!
These remind me so much of a time when we used to hike every weekend and would come upon fallen logs with moss growing on them. Some would even have wild flowers sprouting out in the summer.
Do me a favor and make these. For other healthy snacks you can also make my Raw Vegan Billionaire Bars with 3 Ingredient Caramel or Really Gooey Vegan Samoa Cups.
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