I am so excited to share this recipe with all of you! This is my go-to post work out protein bar, power food before or after a hike, or quick breakfast. Unlike those pricey store bought protein bars, these contain no refined sugars, peanuts, soy, eggs, or gluten. They are easy to make and taste delicious. Even better, you will be getting quite the protein fix between the chia seeds, almonds, and protein powder! These are also packed with fiber thanks to the chia seeds and dates. See why I love chia seeds so much? High in protein and fiber? Yes, please! So if you follow my blog, by now you know I love chia seeds. But, I wanted to share something else that I love with you!
Have you heard about Hike It Baby? I'm pretty much obsessed with this group! A huge part of our parenting philosophy is raising our kids outdoors. We want them to learn to appreciate the wilderness and cherish mother nature. I love that they would rather spend their time hiking, gardening, or camping than playing games or watching T.V. Don't get me wrong, we aren't perfect, and Yo Gabba Gabba takes up a little more time than I would like to admit. But, they are easily pulled away from the screens for an outdoor adventure. When I discovered Hike It Baby, I was instantly in love. They say it takes a village to raise a baby, and these are the people I want in my village. The best part is you don't have to live in Portland to join this group; they have groups all over the country! I encourage everyone, whether you have kiddos or not, to get outside and explore this amazing earth. But first, make these protein bars! ;)
- 1.5 cups raw & unsalted almonds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1.5 TBSP of your favorite chocolate protein powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup date paste
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (no HFCS)
- 4 TBSP coconut oil, melted
- Line a 13x9 inch baking dish with foil leaving extra foil on the sides for easy removal.
- In a food processor, crush the whole almonds until they have broken down to small bits. Dump the crushed almonds into a large mixing bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup of the shredded coconut, reserving the other 1/4 cup for topping later.
- Next, stir in the protein powder, sea salt, chia seeds, date paste, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil.
- Once everything is mixed well, pour the dough into the prepared baking dish. Use your hands to pack the dough down as firmly and evenly as possible.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of shredded coconut on top. Cover and refrigerator for at least two hours before cutting and serving.
- After the bars have set, remove from the refrigerator and cut into squares (4 rows, 6 columns). Enjoy!
- These bars need to be refrigerated in between servings. They make a great snack before or after a hike, but I wouldn't pack them with you. The heat will cause them to lose their form and become crumbly.