Homemade protein bars are a nice way to have inexpensive, healthy, fresh and non-GMO convenience treats on hand at all times. I don’t know about you, but usually one meal per day in our house feels really rushed. We are all athletes in my house (all 5 of us) and that means we get hungry (and need fair amounts of protein) quite often. It is very easy to overdo homemade protein bars, and by overdo, I mean over-calorie and over-carbifying them. Why? Well, anything you put into a food processor ends up about half the size of when you start. So a big cup of almonds ends up a small spoonful of nut butter. That’s where the calorie overload occurs. The same thing happens when we make protein shakes. We just keep dropping in all the “healthy” ingredients like nuts, coconut, flax, chia, bananas, berries and protein powder, and before we know it, we’ve built an 800 calorie snack. So add up the macros that go into your bars (or follow my recipe, because I have already done it for you) before you try this at home:)
- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Yield : 6 Bars
- In a large food processor, add the almonds and coconut. Process for 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until combined and semi-smooth. You definitely want a few textured bits in there! Don't blend to nut butter!
- Spoon out of the processor and press into a loaf pan. Smooth the top. Place in fridge for at least 20 minutes. Cut into 6 bars and enjoy, or wrap up and keep in fridge until ready to eat.