Our Favorite Protein Bars
I shared the week before last that I had recently taken the plunge into eating dairy free. What I did not realize was that I was setting myself up for eating a completely plant based diet. It's been almost a month now of eating "vegan" though as I have been reading all across the internet and beyond (yes - the beyond exists!) that veganism and being plant based are slightly different. It has nothing to do with what you are eating but more of why you are eating that way. Vegans choose to not eat animal products for the welfare of animals, the prevention of killing them to consume them. I get this; I feel for this in certain situations. People are going to eat meat - they just are. As humans we have eaten other animals since the stone age, and as much as I'd love to see the turn around of commercialized meat farming, I know that it's not going to happen. I had a few people leave me messages saying how they would love to have access to local, pastured meats from small farms like we do in our community. I am so grateful that we have access to them. I sometimes will eat meat at a friend's house, the meat that they raised on their small farm, because I know that animal was well taken care of and appreciated. I am technically a plant based eater - that means I am choosing to not eat animal products (with the exception of my own eggs because I love my hens) for my health and for conservation reasons. It's different. It's my personal choice, and I think we all have one for choosing the why and how of what we eat. You may choose to eat meat and dairy for other reasons. If you raise a dairy animal, why wouldn't you drink their milk?! I get that. I think that's great. I don't really think the label much matters, do you? It's more about finding a rhythm that works for you; though the label helps me to explain everything in a better way to you. Does that make sense? I hope so!
Moving on... Almost a month of plant based eating! I haven't had dairy or meat and eat raw throughout the day and cooked at night. You can read more specifics in my last blog post on the topic. Tad sometimes eats the same. I haven't been depriving him of a slice of cheese if he wants it. We still stock locally made cheeses, homogenized cow's milk, and our friend's pastured meats in the fridge. My parents still eat whole, local foods of all kinds. Tad typically enjoys eating fruits and veggies over chicken. He does like cheese, though, but it's not often at meals. We eat what we like! I have been making these protein bars for us on occasion. They are really yummy! Tad has never been great at eating meat to begin with, and while we can get plenty of protein from plants, it's nice to have a power packed snack that he really enjoys on hand. It has lots of good things in it, and I think you can really cut out the sugar if you want (we don't add it, but it does help sweeten if you feel the need!).
These bars are so easy to make and just take a little overnight patience, which I don't think is too much to ask for if you're a busy, sleepy mama like me! I love being able to give these to Tad knowing they are filled with some good things to help up his protein levels when we don't get all of our leafy greens in. I hope you love them, too!
- 2 cups Raw Rolled Oats
- 1/4 cup Raw Sugar (brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc)
- 1/4 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup Flax Meal
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk (any plant based milk)
- 1/4 cup Honey