The protein bars sold in stores are perceived as healthy, but that’s far from the truth. Many are packed with unknown chemicals and added sugar. The best way to ensure you’re getting proper nutrition from your protein bar is to make it yourself!
I have about a million variations of these, but this one is my favorite so far. I used to make these energy balls all the time, but rolling them into balls gets tedious. I developed this recipe in attempts to save time and cut down on the sugar. Each bar only has 11 grams of sugar but it comes from the dates and the honey, which keeps the bars together. Oh, and the chocolate chips, but those are for taste. Since they’re sweet, I consider them a treat. They’re perfect for squashing cookie cravings!
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 7 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (any nut butter will do)
- 2 T honey (or agave syrup)
- 2 T mini chocolate chips
Blend oats and coconut in a food processor until it resembles a coarse powder. Add dates and blend together. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it starts to get doughy, and then press into a lined square baking pan. You might need to add more honey or agave syrup if the mixture is still to crumbly.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then slice into 16 even squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
I keep a little cheat sheet taped to the inside of my pantry since I make these so often. Click here to download one for yourself!