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Sew Is Life

Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.

 

 
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I have been going on and on about eating healthier for the past 7 months but for some reason this pregnancy is not agreeing with me! All my body wants to do is go towards the lollies, the biscuits, the chocolate, the white bread, the cake…obviously the complex sugars. *smack my hand* This usually means the body is crying out for nutrients that it is currently lacking! To stop the sugar addiction I had to eat more protein and green veg such as broccoli, nuts and fresh fruit.

So I decided to make some home made protein bars, packed with all the good stuff to curb my cravings. I don’t like the thought of buying supermarket ones, because they could be packed with preservatives. Fresh is best in my book :) Plus Hubz is working out now and without a doubt, he will come home looking for something to eat…even if it is a piece of white bread.

I found a recipe for home made protein bars at Money Saving Mom but I decided to change the recipe up a little. It is such a simple recipe, even the kids can help out! No cooking or baking involved! There isn’t a lot of sugar either, so this will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Click 'Read more' for recipe and photos.

Ingredients

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons LSA (Ground Linseed, Sunflower seed and Almond)
  • 3 scoops protein powder (I chose chocolate flavour)
  • 1/4 cup organic crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup moist shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (refined)
  • 1/4 cup of organic cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 200gm bar of dark organic chocolate (at least 55% cocoa solids)
Tip: You can use honey instead of maple syrup, use butter instead of coconut oil, use raisins instead of cranberries. Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your taste!
I used my organic coconut oil from my soap making collection, good for the body and good enough to eat! But this can be easily bought from health food stores.
Delicious and healthy mush
Compacted with light massaging of the fingers
Mix all the dry ingredients first and then add the peanut butter, coconut oil, water, maple syrup and banana. Line a 4 x 10 inch loaf tin with baking paper and spread the mixture evenly. You can use clean fingers to compress the filling. Then melt the chocolate in the microwave (for about 1 1/2 minutes) or on the stove. Drizzle or spread the chocolate over the top of the mixture in the tin.
Mmmmm sexy organic chocolate sauce
As you can tell, I was generous with the chocolate topping. Smearing it all over the top instead of a drizzle!
Place the tin in the freezer for about 2 hours and cut into 10 bars. Wrap in plastic wrap or keep in a air tight container and store in the freezer. Thaw slightly before eating or just munch into a cold one.
Each serving is approximately 260 calories and 11 to 13 grams of protein (depends how much protein powder you use in the recipe)
Try this recipe out for yourself and let me know how it went :)
What healthy snacks do you like to grab on the go? 
E x
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