These fruit ‘n’ cereal protein squares are not your typical protein bar. Light, chewy and fruity, they require no protein powder whatsoever. The perfect light snack that will satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient…
Confession (actually, no). Non-confession: I don’t use protein powders.
a) I’m not a smoothie fan. If I was, I could see my use of protein powders potentially heightened.
b) I once went on a whey kick when I worked at a restaurant that served health smoothies/juices and I had the worst bloating and weird smelling gas I’ve ever experienced. TMI?
c) A tub costs how much!?
d) Do people legitimately find the vegan powders taste good?
Okay. I know the answer to that last one is, “yes,” or at last mixed in with all sorts of fruity goodness I know they can be perfectly edible. And, really, all the power to you if you are a protein powder enthusiast. I’m not here to knock it. Just to say I’ve never been a fan.
I also know there are tonnes of delicious and fun baking recipes out there that use protein powders. They all look glorious. I’ve just always been a little wary of the protein powder craze. If you aren’t body building or running marathons, it could potentially be a little bit of protein overload, no?
I apologize. Let’s move on.
ONTO other forms of protein!
When I first came across a “protein cereal bar” in a hippy dippy cafe, I asked what the “protein” component was. To my astonishment, the good looking hippy replied, “tofu man! silken tofu!”
… and the heavens opened….
(and not just because of his beautiful…beautiful… dreads. I <3 hippies).
DING. Why didn’t I think of that? I’ve definitely learned by now the diverse wonders of silken tofu. I mean, its the base ingredient in my ultimate favorite dessert pie, after all. Steph actually had a wonderful post a while back about the many different uses of tofu. It truly is a magical ingredient thanks to its undetectable flavor and ability to blend in and hide itself amongst any ingredient list. Not to mention, 7 g of protein per 100 grams.
And unlike protein powders….. one single ingredient.Protein Squares without protein powder! You'll never guess the secret ingredient. #healthysnacks… Click To Tweet
I was pleasantly surprised when these cereal based protein squares turned out so light. Not heavy or chalky like so many other bars out there. These are chewy and sweet – thanks to the dried fruit and natural sugars – stay together remarkably well thanks to the tofu, and last for weeks.
Now you can totally use plain silken tofu for your protein squares, OR, you can have a little bit of extra fun and use one of Sunrise Soya Food’s dessert tofu flavors. These are super inexpensive and come in individually portioned packs of two (150g each). They are made with non-GMO soybeans, no preservatives, natural flavors, and only 4-6 ingredients. That’s what I like to see.
I picked up the almond flavor, but my spidey sense sees there is a banana and coconut variety that would also work very well. I already can’t wait to start experimenting with more flavors and mix up the ingredients. I went with lemon ginger this time because, if you haven’t noticed, it’s kind of a new favorite of mine. Not a lemon ginger or apricot fan, though? How about banana chocolate chip? Or coconut cranberry? So many options.
If you’re in need of a new snack, granola type bar or breakfast on the go, whip up these fun fruit ‘n’ cereal protein squares. And get creative! Note: I was not compensated in the least for my testimonies to Sunrise Soya Foods. This is simply a product that I’ve enjoyed using and want to share their mandate for non GMO vegan foods.Fruit 'N' Cereal Protein Squares. Light, chewy and sweet. Perfect for on the go snacking.… Click To Tweet
Have you ever used silken tofu in a baking recipe?
Do you enjoy baking with protein powder?