I'm always banging on about how important protein is I know....breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! Here's a delicious muesli bar for you which works for a snack or a "running out the door" breakfast for those mornings we all have. Nuts, seeds, protein powder and chia pack in the protein, chia and coconut oil provide lovely fats for energy and brain function. Make it lunchbox friendly by replacing the almonds with extra nuts and seeds.
I usually double this recipe and make 16 - they freeze beautifully.
100g Medjool dates (deseeded)
40g coconut oil (melted if necessary)
25g chia (soaked in 1/4 cup water for 5 mins or so)
75g Almonds (1.5 cups)
75g rolled oats
75g mixed seeds (pepitas, sunflower, sesame, whatever you have)
50g shredded or dessicated coconut
1 heaped tablespoon of vanilla protein powder / or a teaspoon of vanilla essence
Thermomix: Combine dates, coconut oil and chia mixture in Thermomix speed 7 for 10 seconds, scrape sides and repeat until it is a paste. Add all other ingredients and mix on reverse speed 3 for 5-10 seconds, scrape sides and repeat until well combined
Non Thermomix: Combine dates, coconut oil and chia mixture in food processor until it is a paste. Add all put all other ingredients into a large bowl and then add date, coconut & chia paste and mix until well combined.
Press into a lined slice tray (approx 20cm x 20cm) and press down flat - sprinkle extra seeds on top if you like and press in a little. Cook in oven for approximately 30mins at 170 degrees. Allow to cool before cutting. I refrigerate for about 30 minutes or so which makes cutting easier.