Try it and once you find a mix of ingredients you like, make a bunch of batches, freeze them, then grab them and go when you are on the run.

This protein bar recipe is a lot healthier for you and for your wallet, plus who doesn’t love some chocolate now and then, especially when it’s this healthy?

How healthy they are:

– Seeds and nuts give a great dose of healthy fats that are good for you and great for leveling out your blood sugar levels.

– The optional protein powder provides a nice dose of protein.  (Yes, I know this is not a “real food”, but for those of us dealing with food allergies, sometimes this is the best we can do)

Coconut oil is a great healthy fat as well

– No preservatives

– No questionable “natural flavors”

– No highly processed protein powders (depending on what you choose if adding a protein powder.)

– No extruder-processed puffed grains and such that have been cited for questionable effect on health

– Low Carb for those who need it

– Allergy-free – You can make these bars however you need to in order to avoid allergens or sensitivities

This Protein Bar Recipe is one of our favorites – Grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free homemade protein bars, great for special diets.

Ingredients

– Base:
– 2 cups nuts or seeds (almonds, sunflower, pumpkin, or macadamia. Mixing several kinds is fine too. Soak and dry these if at all possible. Sub 1⅓ cups coconut butter for nut free.)
– ½ cup flax meal (flax seeds ground in a blender or spice grinder) (alternatively, use rice bran or protein powder)
– ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened and organic if possible)
– ½ cup seed or nut butter (again, made from soaked and dried nuts is preferable. Use coconut butter for nut free.)
– ⅜ teaspoon salt (I use Real Salt)
– ½ cup coconut oil (or alternative solid fat. Use cocoa butter or butter for a more warm weather-stable bar)
– 2 Tbsp liquid sweetener – use 1/32 tsp of stevia extract
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– Topping:
– Top with either my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Bar or melted Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips (1 cup of chips per bar recipe)

Instruction

1. Place nuts or seeds, flax meal, coconut, seed or nut butter and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
2. Process until the nuts or seeds are ground into a coarse meal
3. Melt coconut oil over low heat. If the temperature of your home is around 76 degrees, you can skip this step and add the oil directly to the food processor as it will be soft enough to process easily.
4. Add coconut oil, sweeteners and vanilla to processor bowl and process until well combined to form a thick, yet crunchy paste.
5. Press the mixture into an 8×8 square pan (you can be quite flexible here. A 9×9 will work just fine. A larger pan will produce thin bars, while a smaller pan will yield thicker ones.)
6. Place in refrigerator to chill.
7. While bars are chilling, prepare Homemade Chocolate / Carob Bar, but don’t harden it.
8. Top bars with the Homemade Bar. Alternatively, use your own or my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips before melting, or melt and top with those.
9. Place back in refrigerator to chill (if you can wait that long :-)!)
10. Cut into squares and serve.
11. Store in refrigerator.
12. I also have used xylitol and erythritol. Here’s where to buy xylitol and erythritol.

Notes

Use vegetable glycerine as the liquid sweetener for a low carb version. If you don’t need low carb, use Sucanat or honey for more natural options. If you don’t use glycerine, then 1 scoop stevia extract is a good choice or you could alternatively use xylitol or about ⅓ more erythritol.*)

Substitute up to the total amount of the flax meal with the same amount of rice protein for an extra punch of protein. Nutribiotic makes a great brand from non-GMO brown rice. You could also use some of this great grass-fed gelatin to firm up the bars and give more protein.

source: Wholenewmom