I am struggling to find good quality bars on the market, that I can buy for my kids, that are a good source of protein and energy at the same time- and which are a good healthy snack between their school and daily sports activities. So I am experimenting now creating my own bars. It will take some practice, especially if kids have different preferences for ingredients and flavours. And of course these can be used by grownups as well as a snack before and after exercise. The inspiration for these bars came from a lovely woman named Michelle from my IIN coaching circle group.
Almond butter protein and energy bars
Makes 15 square bars
1 cup of chopped dates (I have bought these ones in Estonia)- remove the pits
1/2 cup of oats (I buy these in Estonia)
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/2 cup of almond butter (I bought this one- yes you can make almond butter with a good quality high-speed food processor yourself)
1/4 cup of protein powder (you can use clean pea protein, hemp protein, I used this time Sunwarrior Vanilla protein). If you use unflavoured protein, you can taste the mixture and see if you would want to add a 1 tbsp of honey.
First blend the pitted dates in the food processor until smooth. Add finely chopped nuts, coconut, cinnamon, salt, almond butter and protein powder. Blend until all ingredients are properly mixed together.
Line a square or rectangular baking dish or a bowl with parchment paper. Spread mixture into dish and press down to even layer. Let the mixture cool in fridge 1-2 hours till its firm. Take it out from the fridge, take the mixture together with parchment out from the dish and cut into square or rectangular bars. I wrapped them in smaller parchment paper for kids to be able to easily take them with to school. I store the bars in fridge.