I am a real foodie, so I like it when things are made as close to unprocessed as possible. Long ago, I used to buy protein shakes and bars packed with nasty overly-processed powders and ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and my body couldn’t digest.
An awesome blogger friend of mine, Tiffany of Don’t Waste the Crumbs, wrote an eBook that is right up my alley! She’s a believer of using natural proteins found in nature to bulk up homemade bars and smoothies. I pursued her amazing new eBook entitled High Protein, No Powder and I was IN LOVE. The book explained why supermarket powders and bars are far less superior and nourishing to the homemade real food kind and then arms you with an arsenal of tips and tricks for making high-protein smoothies and bars at home, how-to tips and tricks, and recipes galore!
I made this amazing Coconut Bar recipe from High Protein, No Powder and it is so satisfying! Tiffany was awesome enough to let me share it with you. It would be perfect to pack for lunches or as an afternoon pick-me-up snack. It’s sweet and packs a nourishing punch – it’s got a couple things from my favorite superfood: coconut! I had to get creative since I couldn’t locate fresh dates and hemp hearts locally, but the substitute of organic chia seeds and organic dried dates I used worked perfectly!
Real Food Chocolate Coconut Protein Bar
Rich with coconut and just a hint of sweet chocolate, this bar was inspired by MOUNDS®. It will satisfy any candy bar craving that comes your way and give you more than fuel to keep pushing through the day.
Makes two bars approximately 350 calories & 10g protein each
¼ cup fresh dates, room temperature & roughly chopped
¼ cup cashews (buy here)
4 Tbsp hemp hearts (buy here) (or chia seeds)
2 Tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened (buy here)
1 tsp vanilla extract (buy here)
1 Tbsp chocolate pieces, finely chopped (buy here)
1 Tbsp coconut chips (buy here)
1 tsp coconut oil (buy here)
1. Place dates in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine nuts, hemp and coconut flakes in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute – until nuts have released their oils and large chunks become very small. Add extract and pulse again for 10 seconds.
2. Add nut mixture to the dates and knead together with your hands, breaking up larger chunks of dates while massaging the mixture together. Knead until everything is thoroughly combined and sticky, approximately 1 minute.
3. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and continue to knead until everything is evenly distributed, especially the coconut oil. The mixture is done when it retains its shape when squeezed into a small ball.
4. Eat immediately or pour the mixture into a mold, packing down firmly. The tighter it’s packed, the better the bar will turn out.
5. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Slide a knife gently around the edges to loosen the bar and turn the mold over to remove. Wrap individually and store bars in the refrigerator or freezer.
More About High Protein, No Powder
This eBook (High Protein, No Powder) by Tiffany Terczak of Don’t Waste the Crumbs is truly unique. She packed this book with great information on why making these delicious high protein snacks at home is far superior to it’s supermarket counterpart, how real food can make the differences, how-to tips and tricks, and tons of smoothies and protein bar recipes to keep you satisfied and nourished! Click here to learn more and order a copy for your kitchen now, you will not be disappointed!