Sweet Treat Vegan Protein Bars


I made this recipe up on the spot, I didn’t measure so I apologize if this recipe doesn’t work for you!  These measurements are a guess! When mixing your wet ingredients with the dry oat mix, if it needs more “wetnesss” splash dairy free milk of choice until you reach a sticky consistency.   Also this recipe is super versatile. Feel free to add or omit almost any ingredient. The is also good with nuts mixed into the dry mix or a paste made for dates instead of a nut butter “glue” !

You will need:

-1 cup of peanut butter or nut butter

-3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil

-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

-2 tablespoons of agave or maple syrup (or both for added sweetness!)

-1 cup of soaked dates

-2 cups of steel cut oats

-1 cup of regular oats

-2-3 scoops of your favorite vegan protein powder (rice, pea,  hemp,rawfusion,iron vegan etc) I used Raw Fusion peanut chocolate fudge

-4 tablespoons of ground flax seed

-3 tablespoons of hemp hearts

-splash of vanilla extract

-1/4 sugar of choice

 

Start with a small sauce pan and heat agave/maple syrup, peanut butter , 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and a splash of vanilla. If this seems to be a big ball/hard lump, thin out with dairy free milk of choice.

In a large bowl mix together oats, seeds and protein powder. Stir the peanut butter mixture into the dry mixture. If it needs more “glue” splash dairy free milk of choice.  Feel free to add mix ins such as chopped nuts, seeds or chocolate chips.

In a high speed blender or food processor mix 2-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and the soaked dates.  Add sugar here if needed. Sometimes the cocoa mixture tastes super bitter.

Line a pan parchment paper and press the sticky oat mixture down flat. Then pour the date chocolate mixture on top. Sprinkle with coconut flakes, sea salt and/or chopped nuts.

Freeze for a few hours and enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What 85 days of Veganism feels like.

85 days ago we decided to stop contributing to the madness.

We decided to fight the mainstream and do what we knew in our souls is best for our health and our family.

We knew it was going to be tough. Mostly coming to terms with the fact that we are now vegan in a meat eating world.  It is hard realizing the truth about our world and society. It can become rather depressing when you realize everything you thought about food and nutrition is a lie.  It can also be hard to deal with the idea that you have personally been conditioned to accept this madness as the norm.

Using animals for anything is WRONG. They are not ours to exploit for taste or tradition or any reason for that matter. They are not for us to use in anyway. We do not need to eat animals to survive. Ask the vegans who live on average 7 years longer than a meat eater!!

These past 85 days have been truly life changing and phenomenal for us both. We have drastically changed our lives. I am so proud of how much healthier we both are living.

Dustin and I used to binge on fast food, dairy, meat, pop and every other unhealthy food imaginable.  Health was never the reason we ate, we ate for fun, for taste, for pleasure.  And in turn that made our unhealthy and sluggish.  When we saw Forks over Knifes and realized our diet and lifestyle was seriously doing us damage we decided to make a change.

We started not buying anymore animal products and used up what we had left or gave it away.  We watched cooking videos and veganism videos to keep us educated and motivated.  We cooked together and looked up vegan versions of our favorite foods.

Going vegan truly brought us closer. It made us both healthy spiritually and physically.  It helped us truly connect to our core values and morals, and living like that has a profound effect on your outlook on life and your place in this web of life.

85 days vegan and I have lost 25 pounds. All I did was cut out all animal products. I still eat vegan junk food and have not exercised much.  Dustin has gained 10 pounds and has gotten much more muscular. We both had very different health goals for ourselves but a vegan diet can  healthfully achieve both muscle gain and fat loss.

85 days vegan and we feel so good! Never looking back. Now to reach our 2017 goals. Personally I want to focus more on wholesome, whole foods and limit my processed food consumption. We also want to help more people go vegan this year and show others that it is not as hard as it may seem!

We hope everyone has an amazing New Year and uses this new year as a motivator for personal change!!!micca-4

 

First blog post-WELCOME!!

 

HEY THERE!

Oh my goodness! Is someone actually reading this? I doubt it.  But if you are thank you for visiting our little piece of the internet.  We have this website but our main focus will be youtubing our experience! You can find us on youtube under Vegan Strength. The link is here –> VEGAN STRENGTH ON YOUTUBE

We are also on facebook here –> LIKE VEGAN STRENGTH ON FACEBOOK

Instagram too! –> @veganstrengthcanada

  We are a vegan couple from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada.  We decided to start this blog to share all of the information and knowledge we learn throughout our adventures through veganism!   We have 2 children Harlynn(1) and Aubrey(7) and to say the least we live busy lives but we always make time to enjoy delicious, nutritious plant based meals together.

  We hope you enjoy our content! We hope to inspire and show others that going vegan can be not only an easy transition but a fun one too! We aim to prove that going vegan can make families healthier and grow closer together.  We plan to post a lot of videos and recipes to help you make exciting, tasty, plant based dishes your family will enjoy. As well as focusing on fitness exercises and information.

Thanks again and we hope you enjoy this new adventure.

Go Vegan!

For the animals♥

For your health♥

For the planet♥

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