Homemade Protein Bars Recipe {Freezer Meal}


Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.

I’m always scouting out more snacks for my kids that I can feel good about.  Plus, I love recipes where I can use up all those random leftovers bags of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.  Two no-bake snacks that have done that for me so far are Power Ball Cookies and Homemade Clif Kid ZBars.  They are two of the most popular recipes on my site, if you haven’t tried them.  Here’s yet another in the same vein:  Homemade Protein Bars.  These bars taste like a Reese’s Peanutbutter Cup to me–minus the bad stuff!

Homemade Protein Bars

From: passionatehomemaking.com (with a few of my changes)
Makes: 8×8 pan or 12-15 bars

2 cups almonds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dried prunes or raisins
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup unsalted peanut butter or almond butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, melted (or I would guess butter would be a good replacement)
1 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey
2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
Place almonds, flax seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut, almond/peanut butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly for about 10 seconds.
Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.

In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat.  Remove coconut oil from stove, stir sweeteners and vanilla into oil.  Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste.

Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.

Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.

Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.

In a small saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously.  Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens.

Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.

Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve.  Makes about 12-15 bars. Store in refrigerator or freeze for later enjoyment!

Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.
Homemade Protein Bar Recipe {Freezer Meal}
 
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Homemade protein bars are so yummy your kids will almost think they're eating candy. But they're packed with real food ingredients.
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Serves: 15 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup dried prunes or raisins
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup unsalted peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted (or I would guess butter would be a good replacement)
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Place almonds, flax seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut, almond/peanut butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly for about 10 seconds.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat. Remove coconut oil from stove, stir sweeteners and vanilla into oil. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste.
  3. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.
  4. In a small saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens.
  5. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve. Makes about 12-15 bars. Store in refrigerator or freeze for later enjoyment!
Notes
Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Prepare protein bars as directed in recipe. After chocolate is put on top, let cool completely in refrigerator. Cut protein bars in to squares. Place bars in freezer safe container or bag. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.

To Prepare:
Pull out desired number of protein bars. Thaw in refrigerator overnight or on the counter for a few hours.

 




Comments

  1. Darcie says

    What did your peeps think?

  2. Rachel says

    Kids loved them…especially the chocolate covering on top, of course. Nathan didn't try them. He's not a huge no-bake fan, except for the Power Ball Cookies. (Thanks again for that recipe–2nd most popular one on my blog.)

  3. Carla says

    I made the bottom half of these tonight… nothing like a reese's cup… more like an almond joy to me. 🙂 I told the kids we were making homemade candy bars, but they didn't eat their dinner, so the top still isn't done. I'll do it tomorrow and let them try it for snack.

    I didn't bother Kev with it because he doesn't like a lot of nutty things… I think Snickers is about the only thing he eats with nuts. 🙂 Plus he doesn't really like coconut and mine had a lot of coconut flavor.

    I was thinking earlier that maybe if we just add chocolate chips or a chocolate bar or something to the mixture, it would save a step? Or melting it with the butter/coconut oil and putting it in during that step? Just trying to think of a quicker way they would be done.

    I'll be experimenting with this one for sure! 🙂 Thanks!!

  4. Rachel says

    Carla, I like that idea of melting the chocolate in with the coconut oil. Then, my kids won't be tempted to just pull off the topping and leave the bottom, either!

  5. The Carr Clan says

    how much protein are in these bars?

  6. Rachel says

    If I calculated this correctly there are 176 grams in the whole recipe. If you divide it into 12 bars, that's about 15 grams per bar. Hope that helps! Btw, I love your blog and your recent post about "divine interventions".

  7. Tara Carney says

    Oh I'm making these! I love my chocolate 🙂

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