Monday, May 11, 2015

Protein Bars

It is definitely a sign that finals for the semester are over when you 1) have way more time and 2) get to blog again!

I recently came across a recipe for protein bars, that was originally from the “Heal Your Gut” cookbook, which is yummy and actually works! (Yay for the last one). This recipe is pretty easy and tasty- though it is best straight out of the freezer. The ingredients are all pretty good for you and there is no baking- so the benefit of raw ingredients is not lost.

Prep Time: 10 minutes       Ready: 1 to 2 hours

Dry Ingredients:

2-2 ½ cups of almonds and pecans
1-1   ½ cups of flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1 cup of shredded coconut
½ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil
1-2   teaspoons vanilla
¼ cup honey

Put the dry ingredients in your blender. (We have a Vitamix and it does a wonderful job blending up everything. The blender will turn the dry ingredients into almost a flour, so if you prefer more chunks in your bars, you may want to stop blending while there are still chunks of nuts.) Blend until fine – you may have to turn off the blender and stir the ingredients around a couple times as the nuts are pretty oily and tend to cake up at the bottom. Transfer the ingredients to a mixing bowl.

Melt the coconut oil over a low heat and turn off. Add ¼ cup honey and vanilla. Then pour into the mixing bowl. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients (since the coconut oil is in liquid form, the mixture will probably look a little wet).  

Grease an 8x8 pan thoroughly. Transfer the mixture into the pan and smooth. Place in the freezer until almost completely solid.

Meanwhile, you can mix up a yummy chocolate spread made out of 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, several tablespoons cocoa powder and honey until you reach desired sweetness.

After the bars have set up for a while, spread the chocolate across the bars and return to the freezer. Allow the bars to set for another hour or so- then remove, cut up, place in a container and put back in the freezer.