Considering a healthy snack for your kiddos, I’m guessing that something with chocolate chips wouldn’t be the first thing you reach for. But today, let me sway your mind with these zucchini chocolate chip protein bars.A healthy kid-friendly snack that is high in protein and doesn’t use any weird protein powders! Instead these are packed with fruits, veggies and all sorts of nutritious ingredients!
Not only these snack bars are actually an energizing, protein-packed, fiber-rich treat but also they taste like dessert (so you know your kids will love them). And we’ve been able to sneak in fresh fruit AND veggies inside!
They’re also allergy-friendly which is a huge bonus — no gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy!Flaxseed meal + water is the perfect replacement for eggs in vegan baking!
Firstly, we’re going to make a flax egg. While it doesn’t work 100% of the time, I’ve used flax eggs successfully in everything from pancakes, to cookies and now these protein bars. You may have seen this in other vegan baking recipes, but when you combine flaxseed meal and water together, it forms into a gel and you can use it to replace eggs in a recipe.
As the flax and water is sitting, you can begin to prepare the base of these bars.
You can’t taste the beans at all and they end up helping to make the bars super moist and also high in protein and fiber!I know it sounds crazy, but think of it almost like black bean brownies.
To get the “liquid” ingredients for this recipe, you’ll simply blend up the chickpeas with 1 cup of mashed banana until it’s completely smooth. Then you’ll transfer it to a bowl and add in your flax egg as well as the dry ingredients which is:
Coconut sugar: low glycemic so it won’t spike blood sugar
Quinoa flour: high in protein + fiber
Cinnamon: blood sugar stabilizing and some baking soda, sea salt and vanilla
Then just mix it all together until a smooth dough forms and it’s time to stir in your add ins!
Here’s where we add the veggies (in the form of shredded zucchini). We also added hemp hearts because they are so high in protein and are a great natural source of it for kids!
And of course, to make these bars super kid-friendly, I chose to stir in some chocolate chips. Not totally necessary but definitely delicious!
Then just bake them up in an 8×8 pan and you’re done! See how easy that was? You (and your kids) are going to love these!