Monday, March 4, 2013

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Im on a kick with making protein filled treats. The carob protein bites you saw in the last post, I've made coconut vanilla protein balls that I'll share soon, and now protein bars. I've tried several protein bars over the years, but I've never liked the texture or the taste, and most of them are soy based. Not my thing. Recently I tried two bars from a certain company that were so bad I couldn't finish them... flavorless, dry, and hard. There's a third one sitting in the cupboard still.

So I set on out on a mission to make my own protein bars! Healthy, low glycemic, and packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They can be made raw and/or vegan, or not.

Are they any protein bars on the market that you love? 

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

2/3 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder of choice*
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon psyllium
6 tablespoons shredded coconut
6 tablespoons almond butter
5-6 tablespoons coconut nectar
scant 1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
6-8 tablespoons chocolate chips

In a bowl or food processor combine all but the coconut oil and chocolate chips (I used a bowl). 
Add the oil. 
Stir in the chocolate chips. 
Press into the bottom of a regular size bread pan lined with plastic wrap, or container of your choice. 
Chill in the fridge for a few hours. Slice into bars.

*I use stevia sweetened whey protein powder but you can use a vegan protein powder. 

Remember, today is the last day for the Arbonne sea salt scrub giveaway HERE!!! 

And check out my Red pepper kale quiche HERE. It's gluten free/grain free/low carb, and vegetarian. 


Michele said...

I don't have psyllium but I have everything else... do you think I could omit it? Looks delish!