Why would you take the time and effort to make your own protein bars when there's practically an entire dedicated aisle at the grocery store? The name "protein bar" can be misleading, as technically any bar, even if it contains a ton of unhealthy, processed ingredients, could be classified under the same term. Unless you're an avid label reader (which you should be), you might not notice that many pre-packaged "health" bars may contain far too much sugar or salt, and even falsely claim benefits that they do not provide. Fortunately, there's an easy way to separate the good from the bad, and that is by the number of ingredients. A label that contains 4 to 7 ingredients (all being things you have heard of or can pronounce) is the safest bet when compared to a brand that packs 20 ingredients or more, which is usually the biggest indicator that preservatives (yuck) are involved.
The second reason to make your own? As mentioned, a healthy protein bar only requires a handful of fulfilling ingredients, making it extremely easy to whip up. To prove our point, we've crafted an exclusive recipe that contains only six ingredients that you're definitely familiar with (and might already have at home), requires no stove or oven, and the process won't rack up a massive amount of dishes. This chocolate almond coconut bar is full of flavor (think coconut oil, almond butter, and chocolate) and fiber (thanks to the chia seeds and almonds), making it a great source of fuel for after a workout or to help reenergize you after a long day. It's also made with whole, natural, and mostly organic ingredients, so you don't have to question what you're putting into your body. So without further ado, here is how to make your own protein bars—just follow the easy, healthy, and delicious recipe below.
Chocolate Coconut Almond Protein Bars
1 c. gluten free rolled oats
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup organic almond butter
2 tbsp. chocolate protein powder
Mix the oats, chia seeds, and chopped almonds.
In a separate bowl, whisk the coconut oil, almond butter, and protein powder until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
Combine the oats, chia seeds, and almonds into the mixture until everything is evenly incorporated.
Line an 8-by-8–inch pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture into the dish, and distribute it evenly along the surface of the dish.
Cover with parchment paper, and refrigerate for four hours. Cut into squares and serve. Store remainders in the refrigerator.
Recipe yields 10 squares.
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