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5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Protein Bars

A healthy kid-friendly snack that is high in protein and doesn’t use any weird protein powders! Instead these are packed with fruits, veggies and all sorts of nutritious ingredients!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Protein Bars
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned
  • 2 medium banana
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, dark

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas and add 1 cup to a food processor along with 1 cup of mashed bananas, until completely smooth.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, reserving the hemp hearts, zucchini and chocolate chips. Pour the chickpea puree into the bowl along with the flax egg and mix to combine.
  • Fold in the hemp hearts, grated zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Dump the batter into the prepared pan. Bake on the center rack for 24-26 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for 10 - 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing (this is important!).
  • Slice into 12 - 16 bars. Store on the counter for a few hours if they seem too moist, otherwise put them in an airtight container and store them for 2 - 3 days.