Paleo Protein Bar Recipe (Homemade)
Simple words cannot describe to you how bored I became with being unable to eat store bought protein bars! I longed for a post workout snack that tasted as good as a Tri-o-plex cookie without the post-munching guilt!
So I set out to find a recipe online which would satiate my appetite for a paleo-friendly bar! Unfortunately my search results could be generally thrown into one of two categories;
1) Bars that are Paleo but taste like somebody already ate them…
or 2) Bars that taste great but would not meet the approval of ‘Grok’ – the inner caveman inside everyone.
So, I set out to make my own concoction. After a couple of valiant – but less than successful attempts, I’d like to think that I’ve finally cracked it! I’ll post pictures and nutritional information alongside my next batch! In the mean time, enjoy;
1 Cup Mixed Nuts + Seeds (I used linseed, sesame, pumpkin seed, slivered almonds + sunflower seed)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup crunchy almond butter (although hazelnut, walnut and even pumpkin butters will work well too!)
1/4 cup coconut oil (check your local health food store)
1/4 cup almond meal ( or alternatively simply pulse approximately 1/4 cup of almonds until it creates a coarse flour)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of raw organic manuka honey (although, this is really kind of optional because the egg will help hold the mixture together)
3/4 cup whey protein powder (or 90g) (I used PROGENEX)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dried goji berries
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut to sprinkle on top
- On a cookie sheet, toast nuts+seeds and shredded coconut until golden brown. In order for them to cook evenly, you need to shake up the tray at least once during cooking…trust us!
- Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts+seeds are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground (sort of the consistency of bread crumbs).
- In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 30 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
- Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
- Fold in nut mixture, almond meal and protein powder until mixed thoroughly.
- Add whole egg and mix thoroughly.
- Fold in goji berries.
- Press mixture into an 8 by 8 loaf pan (a modification that we made to keep everything crisper and help the bars to hold together).
- Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle a ¼ cup of shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until top begins to brown.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces/bars.
- Enjoy or stack on wax paper/parchment and store in an airtight container.
Nutrition for 1/12 of the batch. Nutritional breakdown courtesy of FitDay.com:
Fat: 14.0 grams
Carbohydrates: 6.0 grams
Protein: 12.6 grams
Thanks!Modified from a ‘Primal Bar’ recipe found at Marks Daily Apple
UPDATE (01/27/13) I recently receive the email below. Cassandra’s Pictures came out much better than mine!!! Thanks Cassandra! Hey Olly,
I just made a batch of the paleo protein bars on your site, and they are sooo delicious! I did however, have a problem with them falling apart as well – they are a little crumbly. When I pressed the mix into the baking dish I made the bars a little thicker by making them 8 x 7 instead of filling up the whole 8 x 8 pan. I then wrapped them up individually in plastic wrap for a handy, pre-workout snack! Oh and I also added 3 chopped medjool dates! I was not able to post the pictures, but here they are – hope they help!