Raw Raspberry Lemon Protein Bars

While I had a hard time deciding what to call these bad boys (bites, bars, squares or slices..) I promise you one thing – they are divine, and they won’t last long!
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These nutritious and delicious tasty little treats taste more like dessert than anything else, but the good news is that they are filled with plenty of wholesome ingredients. I even found a way to sneak in some fermented vegan protein to up the protein content (and hence the nutrition factor!)
With the extra protein in these beauties you’ll be feeling satisfied for a longer time, not to mention your blood sugar will be more balanced. Aaaannndddd…as you’ve heard me say time and time again, when our blood sugar is balanced we feel more stabilized both in our energy levels and our cravings (side note: we’re also much less likely to store fat because protein helps to mitigate against insulin spikes  which cause fat storage – yay!). 
Another reason I love this protein powder specifically (besides the yummy taste) is because it is a complete vegan protein.  It’s been fermented from from seven plant-based sources, providing advanced digestive support, and maximum nutrient absorption (all without the bloat that you can sometimes get from a vegan protein powder). It supports optimal digestive health and primes the gut for other health promoting ingredients all via it’s fermentation process which essentially unlocks vitamins, minerals, amino acids and carbohydrates leading to optimal absorption (by the body by removing anti-nutrients and amplifying nutritional potency). Wow, that’s a mouthful – all you need to remember is that it’s for the gut!

My final reason for loving this dessert is that it’s raw, as in unbaked. By keeping it raw we not only save ourselves the time baking time, we also get the benefit of the enzymes and nutrients in the food not being destroyed by heat (I’ll explain this fully in another blog post soon….:).

Until then, enjoy these delicious treats (and don’t forget to enter the contest down below!).

Ingredients:

Crust

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Middle Layer 

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Top Layer 

  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 3-4 Tbsp maple syrup (sweeten to taste)
  • 1 tbsp water

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Instructions: 

  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours and rinse.
  2. Using a food processor, add the oats, protein powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup and melted coconut oil and pulse until everything is combined.
  3. Once mixed, press the crust in to the base of a large glass baking dish (use a round dish to make slices and a rectangular dish to make bars or squares). Place in the freezer immediately.
  4. Rinse the food processor. Add the ingredients for the middle layer: cashews (drained),  coconut butter, coconut oil (melted), protein powder, maple syrup, water and lemon juice mix until very creamy.
  5. Separate the mixture in half. Remove the base from freezer and add half of the middle layer to the base.
  6. Using a large spatula, spread the middle layer over top of the base layer being very careful not to mix the creamy mixture with the base layer (this is a challenge!).
  7. Add a small handful of frozen raspberries on top of the middle filling layer and place back in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Rinse the food processor and add the remaining half of the filling, frozen raspberries and maple syrup together. Blend until well mixed and spread to the mixture on top of the frozen middle layer.
  9. Freeze for 2 hours before removing to cut squares, bars or slices.

If you’d like to try this recipe, make sure you enter the Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins+ contest for your chance to WIN $200 worth of free products by clicking here.

ENJOY!!
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