CHOCOLATE FREEZER BARS {vegan, gluten free}

Chocolate freezer bars {vegan, gluten free}

These Chocolate Freezer Bars are my favourite sweet treat at the moment! They’re so delicious, and made with totally plant based and gluten free ingredients. Not only are they super quick to make, they require no baking at all – my favourite kind of recipe!

I love having these freezer bars handy for when I’m on the go – they’re sweet, satisfying and the perfect snack to help get you through your day.

For more no bake recipes, why not try my No Bake Peanut Butter Freezer Cookies or my Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Fudge?

If you make this recipe, please make sure to comment below or tag me in your recreations over on Instagram using @ginabnutrition or #ginabnutrition – I absolutely love to see them.

Chocolate freezer bars {vegan, gluten free}Chocolate freezer bars {vegan, gluten free}Chocolate freezer bars {vegan, gluten free}Chocolate freezer bars {vegan, gluten free}Chocolate Freezer Bars {vegan, gluten free}

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scant cup oat flour (grind quick oats to a fine flour using a high speed blender – use gluten free if required)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup runny peanut butter (or nut butter of choice – use almond or cashew for a more neutral taste)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted (I use ‘odourless’/’refined’ coconut oil to avoid the coconut taste)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa/cacao powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips (optional)

METHOD

  1. If you haven’t already, place your oats in a high speed blender (I use a NutriBullet) and pulse until a fine flour forms. Place this in a bowl and do the same with your almonds.
  2. Melt your coconut oil and place in a medium sized mixing bowl along with the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt – mix well.
  3. Stir in the oat flour and ground almonds until well combined.
  4. Line a 8×8″ (or similar size) square tin with baking paper and press the mixture into the tin. Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional).
  5. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for half an hour. Take out and slice into squares – enjoy! Keep in a container in the fridge or freezer.

Chocolate Freezer Bars {vegan, gluten free}

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HOMEMADE VEGAN BUTTER {dairy free, gluten free, soy free, vegan}

I cannot explain my EXCITEMENT to share this vegan butter recipe!

Pre-vegan, I was a butter lover. I loved it on toast, sandwiches, crumpets, baked potatoes, scones, potato cakes.. you name it. So it’s been an aim of mine to re-create a vegan butter for a while now, and I’ve finally nailed it!

Personally, I don’t like using the supermarket hydrogenated spreads and margarines too often. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with them (in fact they’re brilliant in baking) but I actually don’t think they taste very buttery when spread on toast, etc! Therefore, I wanted to create a slightly healthier buttery alternative – and here it is!

How about spreading some of this vegan butter on a warm slice of my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread? Mmm.

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CREAMY RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE PARFAIT {vegan, gluten free}

This breakfast parfait is SO delicious. It’s sweet, creamy, refreshing, crunchy and super satisfying. It may look impressive, but it only requires minimal effort! Honestly! It took me a total of 5 minutes to whip up. It’s a totally vegan breakfast and naturally gluten free. Packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, fibre + omega 3s, it’ll power you through your busy morning and will keep you feeling healthy and vibrant. No more dull bowls of cereal around here.

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SPICED VEGAN FRENCH TOAST

So I have to admit, I’m kinda obsessed with this recipe. I can’t stop making it! I used to love french toast when I was younger (or as my Dad used to call it: ‘eggy bread’..) but never did I think this classic could be veganised. But here we are, and it’s absolutely delicious! Seriously – you won’t believe it’s not made with egg. The magic ingredient is ground flaxseed, which I often use to make ‘flax eggs’ in my recipes. It thickens beautifully to create a thick, egg-like substitute.

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BLUEBERRY BANANA BREAD {vegan, gluten free}

I’ve always adored banana bread, and have experimented with many plant based versions in the past. That’s why I was so excited when I perfected this recipe! It uses purely plant based and gluten free ingredients, and the addition of the moist blueberries makes them the perfect healthy treat. Try it warm with a dollop of coconut yoghurt and a drizzle of nut butter.

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BLENDED BUCKWHEAT PORRIDGE

I absolutely love having buckwheat as a change from oats for breakfast. Completely gluten free and high in protein, fibre, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus; buckwheat really is the perfect way to start your day! And easier than you thought to prepare. The soaking overnight is important not only to aid digestion, but it also drastically cuts down on the amount of cooking time in the morning as it softens the buckwheat groats!

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CINNAMON MAPLE GRANOLA

Granola might actually be one of my favourite foods ever.. it’s the combination of toasted nuts and seeds, the clusters of baked oats and the sweet, chewy raisins. This recipe requires a few basic, nutritious ingredients and your kitchen will smell incredible while it’s baking! It’s amazing on smoothies, with coconut yoghurt or even straight from the jar..

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