I experiment often in my kitchen in an attempt to make the perfect protein bar.
There have been many epic fails, but I do still eat my weird and failed concoctions! That’s the best part!
I really wanted to make a nut and seed bar that was full of healthy fats and protein to truly kick the hunger pangs in the butt! I mean, let’s face it… how many times have you reached for a crappy store bought granola bar or sweet treat only to be going back for more and more to be truly satisfied.
Our bodies need nutrients and more importantly, they need fat, protein and carbs in the right proportions to truly feel full and satiated.
These bars do just that! They are incredibly hearty and a few bites will leave you satisfied. Plus, they contain immune boosting zinc, heart healthy and brain feeling omega 3’s and lots of anti-aging vitamin E!
Best part, they are homemade! You can’t beat homemade. With all the junk and artificial sweeteners and preservatives found in store bought bars, you are better off preparing your own delicious and healthy versions.
It takes 5 minutes to put these beauties together and no cooking is involved! They are raw, gluten free and vegan friendly 🙂
- 3 large medjool dates
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.
- Scoop mixture into an 8x8 brownie pan prepared with parchment paper and press down to flatten.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Cut in 12 or 16 bars.
- Goji berries, cacao nibs and shredded coconut would make a great addition to these bars. Even chopped up dried apricot or other dried fruit would add great texture and sweetness. In place of maple syrup, coconut nectar would also make a great alternative.
- Keep bars in freezer for a harder texture. Bars will last up to 1 week in the fridge.