Summer is in full swing and so are the summer fruits. Cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe are already ripe and peaches are just around the corner! With all this yumminess growing all around us we can’t help but make the most of this season by making vegan fruit popsicles. It’s the perfect healthy snack to cool you on a hot summer day. Check out these amazingly delicious recipes from some of our favorite bloggers. What is your favorite frozen treat? Please share in the comments below!
There is nothing better than strolling around your local farmers market on a cool Saturday morning. The crisp green veggies, the ripe-off-the-vine fruit and the smell of freshly baked breads are only a few reasons to check out your local farmers market. If you love fresh food as much as we do, you will love this Ultimate Farmers Market Sandwich made with ingredients you can find at any farmers market and broken down into 4 easy steps.
First step: Go to your local farmers market (easy right?).
Second step: Pick out your favorite bread, veggies, and pesto (samples are key at this step). Some of my favorite for this sandwich are: tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, mushrooms, onions and avocado. You certainly can add any veggies you like to your sandwich.
Third step: Grill or roast your veggies along with toasting your bread (can you smell the yumminess yet?).
Fourth step: Enjoy your yummy, local, fresh out of the garden sandwich!
Summer is here and we welcome it with open arms. Summer means being outside as much as possible including when we eat. If you are vegan, sometimes BBQing can be a drag; you are stuck at the salad table for the whole night chewing on raw carrots and noodles. Here at PROBAR, we believe vegan and BBQing can be used in the same sentence without any negative sighs attached. Take a look at these 7 vegan BBQ recipes we’ve rounded up from top vegan food bloggers.
Sesame doesn’t just open caves, sesame opens you to a whole new world of nutrition and flavor. Whether the seed is black or white, adding it to your next sweet or savory dish can bring it to the next level. No time to cook with sesame seeds? We’ve got your back. Try them in any of PROBAR Meal bars today.
Known to be one of the first condiments as well as one of the first edible oils, the sesame seed goes back in history a long ways. In fact, there is an Assyrian myth that claims the gods drank sesame wine the night before creating the world. That’s a powerful seed!
Sesame seeds are a tiny and versatile seed packed with nutrition. Let’s take a look into what this little seed can do:
– Gluten-Free - Rich in minerals – copper, manganese, calcium but also contains zinc and phosphorus - Lots and lots of fiber – High in protein – contains phytosterols, compounds found in plants that are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers
If you are health conscious, you are well acquainted with the versatile properties of the cashew. Or maybe you just love the crunchy goodness of this seed. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the cashew and it’s many health benefits. That is why PROBAR has hand-picked the cashew to be in a few of our bars including Bite Chocolate Cherry Cashew and all of our FUEL bars.
Let us take a minute and just blow your mind with a few surprising facts about cashews.
Cashews grow out of “apples”. Wait, what?! The cashew is harvested as well as the apple-like fruit which is then used to make jams and juices.
The word “superfruit” is tossed around lightly these days but the goji berry lives true to it’s superfruit label. Which is why PROBAR has put it in our Meal bar Superberry & Greens. Let’s learn why this little berry is so super.
The goji berry is part of the family of plants that includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and chili peppers. The two plants that grow the berries are called Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense which are grown both natively from China. There is an old myth that an ancient Chinese man named Li Qing Yuen drank goji berry juice every day and lived to be 256 years old. Talk about the fountain of youth!
The health benefits of the goji are outstanding and the list of benefits are growing as more research is being done.
– Vitamin C that rivals oranges – Loaded with betacarotene to make your skin healthy and glowing – Helps boosts your immune system to fight off nasty colds – Jammed Packed full of antioxidants – Low-calorie + high fiber = keeping your weight in check – Helps lower blood sugar and blood pressure
With all these health benefits in a tiny berry the size of the tip of your pinky, it’s no wonder we call them a superfruit!
This vegan ice cream is the bomb! No ifs, ands or buts about it! It has everything a good treat needs. It satisfies your sweet tooth but you won’t leave you feeling guilty because you know it only has good, wholesome ingredients. That is what PROBAR is all about…. tasty, real, wholesome ingredients!
This recipe calls for 3 ingredients. Yep you read it right…… 3 ingredients! Bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder.
Cut up your bananas and freeze those banana pieces. It takes about 1-2 hours to have fully frozen. Then put all your ingredients into a food processor or a real good blender. Enjoy this easy, tasty, vegan ice cream guilt-free.
4 bananas, sliced & frozen (It’s easiest to slice and then freeze)
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ sweet cocoa powder
Instructions: 1. Place frozen banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender and begin to puree 2. Once bananas have been chopped to small bits, add in the peanut butter and sweet cocoa powder 3. Continue to process until smooth 4. Serve right away or put place in an airtight container and freeze
Popeye taught us that eating spinach makes you strong and better able to fight off evil that comes your way. Here at PROBAR, we think Popeye had the right idea! With so many health benefits, we had to include spinach in our bars like Meal Superberry & Greens. Lets take a look into what makes spinach the ultimate “green.”
It seems spinach originates in Asia, then spread around Europe. Even the queen of France, Catherine de’ Medici, insisted on having it at every meal. Today you can find spinach in almost every culture’s native food from stuffed tortellini in Italy to the sajina soup from Spain.
Vitamin C: Helps immune system work at it’s best. Iron: Helps metabolize proteins and fights fatigue. Vitamin K: Helps keep bones strong. Protein: 1 cup of cooked spinach gives you 11% of your daily need. Vitamin E: Helps the skin, eyes and mind function more clearly. Magnesium: Helps muscles and bones strengthen
All these nutrients (and many more) combine to make spinach one of the healthiest foods you can eat. The phytonutrients in spinach are anti-inflammatory and helps your body fight against cancer. Spinach is full of antioxidants which help your heart and blood flow. Spinach can even help your dry skin and help you have a glowing complexion.
Tips for Buying and Prepping Spinach
Baby spinach is less likely to be tough or stringy
Spinach juice is the healthiest and most nutritious way to consume spinach. So blend up a green smoothie today!
Freezing spinach diminishes its health benefits
Place spinach on your “organic” shopping list. It’s leaves are often sprayed heavily with pesticides.
It’s so easy to add spinach to any dish. Try adding finely chopped spinach to your pizza, pasta, stir-fry, or even brownies!
We’ve brought you 5 easy, healthy and delicious kid-friendly vegan snacks to feed your hungry kids. Check out all our recipes: Banana Pops, Soft Pretzels, Perfect Green Smoothie, and Ants on a Log. We are ending our vegan snack journey on a recipe that both you and your kids can be happy about. Mom’s are always trying to sneak in “greens” wherever they can fit them. These easy kiwi pops are a sure way to get some nutrition into your children’s diet.
Easy = 3 ingredients. Exactly what this recipe calls for!
Just spoon in some frozen peas into your popsicle holder and pour in the kiwi and OJ mixture into your molds. Put them in your freezer and enjoy a few hours later!
4kiwis, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup orange, apple or pineapple juice 3/4 cupfrozen peas 6dixie cups
1. Place the kiwis and juice in a food processor and puree until smooth. 2. Place 2 tablespoons of peas in each Dixie cup. 3. Cover peas with kiwi puree and stir to evenly distribute peas. 4. Freeze pops for 4-6 hours or until frozen through.
PROBAR has been busy in the kitchen making the best kid-friendly vegan snacks we can find and giving you the recipe to wow your kids. Last week we showcased the Perfect Green Smoothie. As we are featuring easy, healthy snacks for kids – how could we not feature the classic treat of Ants on a Log. Simple, fast and surprisingly delicious, Ants on a Log will be a fun, playful and a creative snack for your children to enjoy.
The cast of ingredients are short – 3! Celery, peanut butter and raisins.
This snack is great for having the kids help prepare because it is so easy! They especially love to put the “ants” on the peanut butter.
I hope this snack is as nostalgic for you as it was for me. The kids and I gobbled it up fast!
Ants on a Log
Ingredients: Peanut Butter Celery Raisins
Instructions: Cut celery into 4 inch sticks. Spread peanut butter into the center of the celery and add raisins. Enjoy!
PROBAR is all about that green – veggie green! That is why this green smoothie is our third pick for kid-friendly vegan recipes. Last week we featured soft pretzels, which would go perfectly as a side to this tasty snack – sweet and salty!
This vegan recipe is something I have perfected over the years and make this at least 4 times a week because my kids and I love it! It never gets old, surprisingly, but can be easily changed up by adding in different fruit or nut butter. Here are the cast of characters:
I have found that using fresh pineapple instead of frozen will really take your smoothie to the next level. It adds the perfect amount of fresh sweetness while the banana and almond butter add the texture and creaminess you crave.
The Perfect Green Smoothie
Ingredients: 1.5 cup almond milk 3/4 cup fresh pineapple 1/2 banana 1 Tbls almond butter 2 big handfuls spinach 1 cup frozen strawberries
Instructions: Add ingredients (in order listed) to blender. Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy!
Is it just us or did you get your love of raisins from the California Raisins?
The epic singing group made raisins cool in the 80’s and here at PROBAR® we still think raisins are the bees knees. As we all know, raisins are dried grapes. The practice of drying fruit is one of the oldest methods of preserving fruit. It all started with the Phoenicians and Egyptians who made raisins as a special treat. The Greeks used raisins to adorn places of worship and as awards. Due to their long shelf life and how easy it is to carry them, raisins traveled with Christopher Columbus, George Washington at Mount Vernon, helped energize Robert E. Peary’s conquest of the North Pole in 1908, and was carried by astronaut Scott Carpenter in outer space in 1962.
Not only are raisins a tasty and portable treat, they are also packed with health benefits. Let’s look at just a few of the reasons why you should eat more raisins.
Fat and cholesterol free
High in antioxidants
Contains sugar of fructose and glucose (these help you avoid a “sugar crash”)
Plenty of iron, potassium and dietary fiber
Helps fight bad bacteria in the body
Helps keep your skin and hair looking healthy
These reasons and their burst of sweetness is why we have chosen to put raisins in PROBARs. The classic PROBAR Meal® Oatmeal Raisin bar is like opening an oven full of cookies. This bar is sure to bring back memories of homemade, oatmeal raisin goodness. We also added in raisins to our PROBAR bite® Superfruit & Greens bar which will give you the green boost you need.
PROBAR is on a mission to help parents everywhere with the dreaded SNACK TIME! Last week we featured a super simple, super tasty Banana Pop recipe. This week we will be highlighting a delicious soft pretzel recipe that is perfect when you’re looking for vegan snacks for the kids. This recipe has an extra step that may seem useless but will really bring your homemade pretzels to the next level. Don’t worry, you can make these ahead of time, freeze them and pop them in the microwave when the kids come running to the kitchen.
The cast of ingredients for these pretzels is so simple. Six ingredients!
The texture of these pretzels are unreal! The dip in the baking soda bath before baking really puts this recipe at the top of my list. Once made, your options dipping or sprinkling are endless! My family and I love mustard so we dipped them in honey mustard but you could try peanut butter, cookie butter, caramel, jam/jelly, or sprinkle them flavored salt or cinnamon and sugar.
¾ cup water (1/4 cup for proofing, ½ cup for dough)
2 tbsp oil (olive, canola, whatever)
2 cups all-purpose white flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp baking soda
6 cups water, in a pot (for boiling)
Course salt (for sprinkling)
Proof the yeast: Put ¼ cup warm water, maple syrup, and yeast into a small cup and stir until yeast dissolves. If yeast does not foam, try again with another yeast packet.
Make the dough: If you have a mixer with a dough hook, put the flour, salt, oil, proofed yeast mixture, and an additional ½ cup of water (for a total of ¾ cups water) into the mixer. Run on medium low for about 5-6 minutes (until the dough pulls away from the bowl). If you don’t have a dough hook, mix and knead dough ingredients for about 8-10 minutes.
Brush the inside of a large glass bowl with a little bit of oil. Form the dough into a ball and put it in the bowl. Cover and allow the dough to rise for about 40 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
Uncover your dough and punch it down few times. Really let it have it.
Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it. Set aside.
Prepare an oiled work surface. Cut the dough into 4 or 6 equal sections (depending on the size you want your pretzels), and roll each out to an approx. 18-24 inches long rope.
Grab the ends of each dough rope to make a U shape, then form into a pretzel shape.
Put 6 cups of water into a pot and dissolve the 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the water and bring to a rolling boil.
Drop pretzels, one at a time, into the pot (get close so it doesn’t splash!). Each should sink a little then rise up. Wait 30 seconds, then lift out using a slotted spoon and place each onto the cookie sheet. While still wet, sprinkle liberally with coarse salt. Take a sharp knife and cut a 4-6 inch slit along the bottom of the pretzel. (This slit will open up during baking).
Bake for about 14 minutes. Watch them like a hawk – when they’re golden brown, they’re done.
Snack time. Kids are hungry, impatient and tearing through the kitchen looking for something, ANYTHING to digest. They are reaching for the fruit roll-ups, old stale potato chips from who knows how long ago and rummaging through the freezer to see if maybe there was one popsicle left. You try to give your kids healthy options but sometimes it is just too hard. We know this situation all too well at PROBAR. That’s why we decided to do a series on kid-friendly vegan snacks featuring tasty, healthy, fast snacks that we know your kids (and you!) will love.
Our first snack is so easy and quick. We call them Banana Pops at our house and my kids and I love them. This snack is great because you can customize the toppings to your family’s preferences. I put chocolate chips, oats and shredded coconut on ours.
1 banana 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Chocolate chips Oats Granola Coconut flakes or shredded coconut Raisins or dried cranberries Chopped nuts Fresh berries Freeze-dried fruit
Directions: Peel and cut the banana in half. Spread the peanut butter evenly on both halves of the banana. Sprinkle your toppings onto the peanut butter coated banana. You can enjoy right away or wrap in wax paper and store in freezer for a frozen snack later.
The sunflower seed is a versatile food, and often overlooked. Sunflower seeds are the fruits of the beautiful sunflower plant, which is native to North America and is characterized by its impressive height and yellow petals. The seed is eaten raw and roasted, and is used in salads, soups, desserts, and of course PROBARs. Don’t let the tiny size of these powerful seeds fool you because they are packed with delicious goodness.
Cue PROBAR bite®. Our new bite bars are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients, including the sunflower seed. The sunflower seed is tasty on its own but brings PROBAR bite® to a whole new level. Lets learn about why we choose to put this delicious seed into our bars.
1. Protein, protein, PROTEIN! The sunflower seed has more protein per ounce than any other seed or nut with a whopping 5 grams/ounce, nearly as much as an ounce of meat or fish. In addition, the protein contained in sunflower seeds contains all eight essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source.
2. Omega fatty acids. Like most plant seeds, sunflower seeds are rich in omega-6 and -3 fatty acids, fatty acids that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. The main omega-3 found in sunflower seeds, ALA, can help lower glucose and triglyceride levels.
3. Vitamin E. This antioxidant, also known as tocopherol, protects cells from free-radical damage. This can help in your whole body from brain development to heart health. You’ll receive 50% of your daily Vitamin E intake from just one ounce of sunflower seeds.
4. Micronutrients. Sunflower seeds are chock full of nutrients like iron and magnesium. Iron helps transport oxygen to the the rest of the body giving you more energy. Magnesium is believed to help sooth nerves, melt away stress and relieve migraines.
So as you can see the sunflower seed is the perfect ingredient to add into the nutrient-dense PROBAR bite® bars. PROBAR bite® has put on-the-go and good-for-you in the same bite. Quick, easy, scrumptious and packed with great tasting ingredients.
Morning Muffins are a staple in my household during the holidays. It’s a basic gluten-free muffin recipe and I interchange different fruit into them. This time I had blueberries just like the recipe says but you could use frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, pomegranate, whatever you have on-hand! They are super simple, super quick, vegan and gluten-free! I give you the all-in-one Morning Muffin!
The cast of ingredients are easy and if you usually cook gluten-free, you should have most of it on-hand. This recipe has no refined sugar with the only sweetener being agave. It gives the muffins just enough sweetness but not enough to make you feel guilty.
Try these muffins today to add to your holiday breakfast, you won’t be disappointed!
Ingredients 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup canola oil 2/3 cup agave nectar 2/3 cup rice milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup fresh blueberries
Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, and cinnamon. Add the oil, agave nectar, rice milk, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth. Using a plastic spatula, gently fold in the blueberries just until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into each prepared cup, almost filling the cup. Bake the muffins on the center rack for 22 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees after 15 minutes. The muffin will bounce slightly when pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.
Let the muffins stand for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Mmmmmmm… The smell of homemade cinnamon rolls can’t be beat! Cinnamon is the spice of the holidays and these gluten-free, vegan cinnamon rolls by Fork and Beans will be the talk of your next holiday party. These rolls do have lots of ingredients and are a bit labor intensive but please don’t let that discourage you… they are worth every second!
These cinnamon rolls had a great texture because of the flax seed mill, chia seeds and Cara’s special blend of gluten-free flour. Like I said, lots of ingredients but oh so delicious! I ate mine with a glass of cold almond milk. Nothing can compare!
3/4 c./180 ml nondairy milk (I like to use soy milk in my baking, use whatever you like though)
1/2 c./120 ml water
2 1/4 tsp./7 g dry active yeast
2 Tbsp./14 g ground chia seeds (I used white, feel free to use black)
2 Tbsp./14 g ground psyllium husk (or use more chia seeds OR flaxseed meal)
4 Tbsp./56 g vegan butter, melted
1 Tbsp./15 ml apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
3 c./496 g Cara’s All-Purpose Flour Blend (see below)
2 Tbsp./30 g. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
For the Cinnamon Sugar Filling
3/4 c./110 g brown sugar
1/4 c./50 g granulated sugar
2 tsp./7.5 g cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
2 Tbsp./28 g vegan butter, melted
For the Icing
2 c./320 g powdered sugar
1 Tbsp./14 g coconut oil (or omit)
1 Tbsp./15 ml hot water
1 tsp. vanilla
Warm up your nondairy milk and water together until lukewarm or at 100*F/38*C. Whisk in your yeast and allow to froth up for 10 minutes.
Add the chia seeds, pysllium, butter and vinegar. Whisk together and set aside so it can thicken a little.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Dump the wet ingredients into the middle of the flour mix and stir with a wooden spoon. Your dough will begin to look scrappy. That is A-Okay. When this begins to happen, ditch the wooden spoon and start kneading the dough in the bowl with your hands. That’s right, you heard me correctly. Get those hands dirty! Play with the dough until it gets manageable and somewhat smooth. See the pictures below as to what the dough will look like.
Roll out on your counter under a piece of parchment paper. This dough shouldn’t be too sticky where you have to use another piece of paper to roll out. Roll into a large rectangle–not too thin however, thicker than 1/4″/3 mm though.
Combine the sugar filling in a small bowl and dump on top of the dough.
Tightly roll the dough up (use the parchment paper to guide you if you need).Trim the edges and slice in half. Then slice those halves in half until you have eight pieces.
Grease a pan of choice and place the rolls inside, cut-side up. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm, non-drafty space in your kitchen. These should rise enough to be touching each other in the pan now. They will not, however, double in size.
Preheat your oven to 375*F/190*C.
Bake for 18 minutes or until the edges have firmed up. Place the pan on a wire rack to briefly cool down.
Whisk together the icing–you want this thick so if it’s runny, use more sugar (or if it’s too thick to mix, add a teaspoon of hot water at a time). Pour over the cinnamon rolls.
Ready, Set, BOLT! Packed to power you from morning workouts to race days, PROBAR BOLT® organic energy chews help you step up your game right when you need to. With electrolytes, B vitamins and complex carbs for sustained energy, they provide fast fuel-ups that last through the home stretch. But don’t take our word for it, lets find out what some of the top publications are saying about these tasty gummies.
Bicycling Magazine: “All four flavors of these chews taste like fresh fruit and ranked high on our list of favorites” – likely because our organic energy chews contain a blend of pomegranate, apple and acai.
Womens Running Magazine: “Meat-free girls deserve delicious chews too! While many brands use gelatin or honey (a vegan no-no), PROBAR® relies on pectin, a plant product, to help these snacks hold their shape… Blueberry, acai and apple combine to create a sweet but not cloying bite that reminds us of freshly pressed juice… One packet will keep you cruising for a two-hour run.”
New Hope 360: “These perfect, delicious little gems were a godsend on seemingly endless uphill climbs, and I found myself craving them throughout the ride. And, if I’m being completely honest, I just broke into a package while sitting at my desk writing this article. So. There’s that.”
Bicycle Retailer: “PROBAR’s first “non-bar” product, BOLT is a USDA-certified organic energy chew high in Vitamin B and caffeinated with organic yerba mate. Each pack contains 10 easy-to-digest organic gummies for quick energy, flavored with organic acai, pomegranate and blueberry powders.”
This is the perfect gift for yourself when you are by yourself! These solar panels allow you to charge your phone/gps when away from electricity. Could be a real life-saver when you are out of PROBAR while camping! Treat yo-self!
Cotopaxi is a wonderful company that is giving back with every purchase. So basically when you treat yourself to one of their high quality backpacks, you are helping educate children in poor countries. Win-win-win. Treat yo-self!
PROBAR FUEL® has been known to create some pretty good reactions upon consuming because of it’s unique flavor, texture and nutritional value. PROBAR FUEL® is gluten-free, organic, non-GMO and packed with chia seeds for added nutrition. Lets take a look at what others are saying about this fantastic bar:
HikeLighter.com: “The other day I got some PROBAR FUEL® Bars and I pretty much instantly fell in love with them…..it was just one of those magical “OMG – this is awesome!!” moments. To keep this simple, here are the reasons I have fallen in love with these FUEL bars: Soft & gooey, half the size of a Meal bar, less large nuts.”
FitBetty.com: “I have been using the FUEL bars as a recovery snack immediately post workout. They are the perfect before or after workout fuel because they have quick digesting fruit sugars in it that can provide energy before a workout and it helps to restore glycogen levels after a tough workout, so you can use them as both a pre- or post-workout treat! The FUEL bars are delicious, moderate in calories, and make perfect snacks!”
Tinkoff-Saxo Pro Cycling Team: One of the world’s top professional cycling teams, Tinkoff-Saxo, eats FUEL bars at the beginning of stages to get calories down early before turning to BOLT energy chews later in the race.
What is PROBAR FUEL® making you say?! We’d love to hear it!