3 Do-It-Yourself Protein Bar Recipes

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Protein bars are a great midday snack and item to have on hand when on the run. But as we know, they get expensive very quickly. So I came up with a solution; I made them myself. Here are three easy (that’s the key!) recipes to my favorite grab-and-go snacks inspired by Larabars. (The first two recipes have the same directions. Just substitute with the recommended ingredients.)

Homemade Larabar’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ingredients

1 cup pitted dates
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 fine grain sea salt
3 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Homemade Larabar’s Blueberry Goodness

Ingredients

2 cups raw cashews
1 cup dried bluberries
1 1/4 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
zest of a lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Soften dates by allowing them to soak in a bowl of water for 30 minutes or until they are soft. Drain well and pat dry after.
  2. In a food processor or strong blender combine salt and cashews. Mix until consistency is of a fine texture.
  3. Add the pitted dates and continue to mix until the combination comes together. The mixture should be soft to the touch and stick together easily when you squeeze it together.
  4. Add the vanilla and chocolate chips and plus until all ingredients are mixed together.
  5. Line a freezer safe dish with parchment paper, and place mixture in the pan. Next, level out the batter until it is completely flat across. This allows the combination to hold together well.
  6. Place pan in the freezer for 20-30 minutes and then slice into desired size and amount.
  7. Separate slices by wrapping them in foil paper for easy grab-and-go snacks or place all pieces into a container for easy access.

Homemade Protein Balls

Ingredients

1 cup of cooking oats
1/2 cup of flaxseeds
1/2 coconut flakes
1/2 cup of pecan pieces
1 cup of almond butter
1/3 agave nectar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Place pecan pieces in a plastic seals bag and smash down to smaller pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together.
  4. Place wax paper onto the bottom of a freezer safe dish.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out combination into pieces, and form a ball with your hands. Place each individual ball onto parchment.
  6. Place dish into the freezer and let sit for 20 minutes.

 

Main image: Photo courtesy of blogger Girl Gone Country

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