Paleo Protein Bars

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;

Ingredients:

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

 

Method:

  1. 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!
  2. 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).
  3. In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 30 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
  4. Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in nut mixture, almond meal and protein powder until mixed thoroughly.
  6. Add whole egg and mix thoroughly.
  7. Fold in goji berries.
  8. 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).
  9. Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, sprinkle a ¼ cup of shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until top begins to brown.
  11. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces/bars.
  12. Enjoy or stack on wax paper/parchment and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition for 1/12 of the batch. Nutritional breakdown courtesy of FitDay.com:

Calories: 184

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!