Ever looked at the ingredients of the protein bars you eat? Ever wonder what those ingredients actually are? Where they come from? What your body does with them? Chances are that if the ingredients are unrecognizable to you, they are also unrecognizable to your body.
I came up with a delicious protein bar that will leave your belly full with happiness and your muscles fueled…without all the junky ingredients.
My inspiration? Lara Bars! Their bars usually have around 4 ingredients and I can promise they are all recognizable. My other inspiration was the fact that I love hazelnuts, chocolate and coconuts and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity to combine them all together into a magical, delicious, filling, kid approved, grab and go bar!
-25 Medjool Dates
-1 Cup Raw Hazelnuts
– ½ cup Chia Seeds
– ½ Cup Coconut Flakes
– ½ Cup Cocoa Nibs
-3 Whole Vanilla Beans
These pictures show the exact ingredients I used
Remove pit from all 25 dates. Chop them into quarters.
Toast raw hazelnuts on a pan over your stove top for a few minutes until you begin to smell them. Continuously toss them around in the pan to avoid burning one side of the hazelnuts.
Toast coconuts flakes until they start to brown. Set half of them aside.
In your food processor, pulse together toasted hazelnuts and half of the toasted coconut flakes into a rough chop. Slowly add in the dates, chia seeds and cocoa nibs. The slower the better. This will give your food processor a chance to chop and thoroughly combine all ingredients. Once your ingredients are combined into a sticky paste like texture take them out of the food processor and place them on plate.
Press down on the vanilla beans with the back of a spoon to flatten them out. Run a sharp knife from one end to the other, making a slit lengthwise. Open the vanilla bean and scrape out the vanilla seeds. Add seeds to your mixture.
Roughly chop the remaining toasted coconut flakes. Add to mixture.
Roll up your sleeves, and combined all ingredients with your hands.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Flatten mixture onto cookie sheet and cut into rectangles.
These delicious treats will last you all week. I even tested them on my kid testers and they LOVED them!
Try them out and let me know what you think!
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