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If you're on the go a lot, it's always a good idea to have a healthy snack on hand. Otherwise, we end up making bad choices at the nearest food stop when hunger strikes. These Protein Peanut Butter Squares are the perfect grab-and-go snack and will keep you going!
This recipe is straight out of The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook by Ginny McMeans and I was given permission to share it with you guys. The newly-published cookbook is filled to the brim with hearty plant-based recipes that everyone will love.
Ginny is a two-time cookbook author and she runs the popular blog Vegan in the Freezer. She's well-known for her freezer-friendly recipes that are wholesome and delicious!
Inside you'll find over 125 high-protein recipes that are broken down into 6 chapters - Power-Up Appetizers, Breakfast Power, Lunch Bowls, Chilies and Sandwiches, Portable Snacks, Protein-Packed Dinners, and Let's make Seitan.
Ginny also discusses the many sources of plant protein and breaks down the amount per serving. Plus, there is a gorgeous photo that accompanies every single recipe in the book! You'll want to make everything!
The recipes I've made so far did not disappoint! Some of my new favorites are Toasted Protein Mushroom Rolls, Southwest Scramble Breakfast Burrito, Acadian Black Beans and Rice, and Fresh Veggie Seitan Pit Pocket. I can't wait to make more!
HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES
(full ingredient amounts in recipe card below)
- Mix the coconut sugar and peanut butter with a hand or Stand Mixer until it has a whipped consistency. Then add the vanilla and mix to combine.
- Add the whole wheat flour, garbanzo bean flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix on medium speed.
- Now add the oats and mix for a few seconds. The dough will be stiff.
- Add the milk and mix on medium until just combined.
- Fold in the peanuts and dates with a spatula to incorporate well.
- You can use your hands to press the dough lightly into an 8-Inch Baking Pan. Bake until lightly golden brown about 15-20 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into sixteen squares and store in the refrigerator.
WANT TO TRY OUT MORE RECIPES FROM THE HIGH-PROTEIN VEGAN COOKBOOK?
Here are a few more recipes you can try out:
Lemon-Strawberry Protein Muffins
Three Layer Tacos with Kale Slaw
Fried Tofu with Hoisin and Peanut Sauce Noodles
I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU
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Peanut Butter Snack Squares
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup garbanzo flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup dairy-free milk
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ cup dates , pitted and chopped small
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-Inch Square Baking Dish.
- Mix the sugar and peanut butter with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes.
- Mix in the vanilla. Add the flours, baking soda, and baking powder and mix on medium speed. Add the oats and mix for a few seconds. This will be stiff. Add the milk and mix on medium until just combined.
- Fold in the peanuts and dates and make sure everything is well incorporated.
- You can use your hands to press the dough lightly into the prepared dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into sixteen squares and store in the refrigerator.
Want more healthy snacks? Check these out:
Strawberry Banana Breakfast Muffins
These look amazing! Is it possible to leave the coconut sugar out? I would love to make these for my son but he is only allowed a minimum amount of dates and no other sugar in any form.
Hi Jo-Anne, I haven't tried it without the sugar, so I don't know how it'll turn out. They may be dry or fall apart. Have you looked at the blog Feasting on Fruit? She has many delicious dessert recipes that are made with just dates. I hope this helps. 🙂
Thank you so much Melissa! This is a wonderful review and I love your step by step process shots. I need to make these snacks again soon. You're the Best!