This recipe is a special one guys, because it’s one I’m sharing just to thank YOU. If you follow this blog, or my profile on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve been short-listed for Best Irish Blog in the UK Health Bloggers Community Health Blog Awards. I found out two weeks ago, and I was absolutely overwhelmed that alone (!), as well as by the support I received from you guys – comments, messages, texts, personal congratulations, you name it. I literally cannot thank you guys enough for that. I started this blog 9 months ago as a passion project, because I finally realised the path I want my career as a doctor to take – one of lifestyle medicine, a growing area here especially and in the UK. I am totally fascinated by how our health is so powerfully shaped by what we eat, how we move, how we socialise, de-stress, and generally live our lives. I want to spend my career learning about that, and consequently sharing that knowledge with you, my patients, family, friends, everyone – so that we can do our best to prevent, or at least reduce, the chronic diseases that cripple our healthcare system, from developing in the first place.
And so The Irish Balance was born. Part of this blog is my own personal journey to balance, and I think a lot of us can relate to that – everyone has some aspect of their lifestyle that they could work on – food, movement, stress, sleep, whatever that may be. The blog has grown so much in these 9 months alone, and while the world of blogging means that sometimes you can feel like your voice isn’t being heard, being shortlisted for Best Irish Blog and the subsequent support from YOU made me realise that my little blog DOES have a purpose, and IS spreading the message I want it to.
SO. Recipe time. This bars are a fantastic combination of complex carbohydrates, plant-based protein, fibre and healthy fats, and when I made them this weekend, I decided to share them ASAP to say a huge THANK YOU for voting for me in the Health Blog Awards. If you want to vote by the way, the link to do so is here ! Now, let’s get baking!
Recipe (Makes 10 Bars)
- 1 400g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 large banana
- 100g oats, blended into oat flour
- 200mls Almond Milk (I used Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Milk)
- 3 scoops (30g each) Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder (I used That Protein)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp honey/agave/maple/sweetener of choice
- 50g Seeds or Nuts (I used a combination of pumpkin seeds and hazelnuts)
- Preheat the oven to 175C (fan oven) and line an 8×8 inch baking tray (mine is about 1 inch deep) with grease-proof paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Blend the oats into flour using a blender or food processor and empty into a large mixing bowl when done.
- Next, blend the chickpeas, sweetener, banana, and almond milk.
- Add the protein powder, cinnamon and baking powder to the bowl of oat flour.
- Pour the blended wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Using a spoon, mix together until everything completely combined. Add a little extra milk at this stage if you feel it is too dry.
- Pour the mix into your baking tray, and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean at this stage! I recommend checking at 35 minutes.
- Leave to cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then slice the bars up!
Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this recipe out – @theirishbalance on Instagram! And THANK YOU for your votes and support – YOU are the reason I love and do this blog, so keep those amazing vibes coming!
Ciara 🙂 x