Charged with superfoods, high in protein and low in sugar. These are the perfect grab and go breakfast or energy booster if you are out and about for long hours. And they only take 20 min to make!
I am a big advocate for a sit-down breakfast, but let’s face it, this is not always possible. We all have busy lives and there are times when it’s just not practical or even possible to do so. That’s why I wanted to come up with a recipe that was easy to eat on the go but also highly nutritious and not full of empty calories (ahem, sugar! Which would not only not fuel you properly but also make you hungrier shortly after).
I also love hiking and exploring around new places, and I find very useful having bars, snacks and any food that I can put in my backpack and eat when the energy starts to feel low. So these bars are perfect for that purpose. Last time I went hiking I wrapped a couple of these bars in parchment paper and put them in a reusable zip-lock bag. And man, can I tell you how happy I was I took them with me! We got a bit lost (things happen…) and what it was supposed to be a quick morning hike ended up lasting until after lunchtime, so these were more than handy!
The recipe is very easy to make and it takes almost no time. Yes, buying supermarket bars is faster and I do buy them occasionally, but they are much higher in sugar and lower in protein than what I like, as most of them are made with lots of dried fruit and just some nuts for texture. These are the exact opposite, lots of nuts, and just a bit of dried fruit for flavour. And that’s without mentioning the price of the store-bought ones, which quickly adds up!
You’ll find these to be high in protein without added soy or other ultra-processed ingredients like you’ll see in most protein bars… just a bunch of whole food ingredients you’ll recognise!
These bars are also naturally gluten-free, low sugar, and boosted with superfoods like maca and collagen for happier hormones and better gut health. Because of the collagen and egg white, they aren’t vegan, but you could leave out the collagen and replace the egg white with a flax egg if you wish.
Superfood breakfast bars recipe
Servings: 8 bars | Preparation time: 5 min | Cooking time: 16 min
- 1/2 cup or 60 grams – almonds
- 1/2 cup pr 40 grams – walnuts
- 1/4 cup or 30 grams – pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup or 30 grams – sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup or 30 grams – chia seeds
- 1/4 cup or 40 grams – raisins
- 1 tbsp – hemp protein powder
- 1 tbsp – collagen
- 1/3 cup or 3 – egg whites
- 1 tsp – coconut oil
- 1 tsp – maca powder
- 1 tsp – maple syrup
- 1 tsp – cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp – sea salt
- Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Add in the wet ingredients (egg whites, maple syrup and coconut oil) and mix until all the dry ingredients are visibly wet and there are no lumps of powder.
- Spread over a baking tray pressing well to make sure there are no holes in the mix. Try to make the surface flat and the spread well distributed so it all cooks at the same time.
- Heat the oven to 200 C. Add the tray on the lower third and cook for 15 min. Switch off the oven and let it keep cooking for 10 more minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool down slightly. After 5 min cut into bars or your preferred shape. Do this before it cools down completely as it will be easier to cut.