No-Bake Chocolate Covered Almond and Date Protein Bars

Spending over two dollars on a protein bar no more! These homemade protein bars are easy and inexpensive to make. Bigger plus? You control the added ingredients and add in any ingredients you want. One last plus? These are NO BAKE! 

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Now if you are in the market and wanting to choose a good protein bar, there are some guidelines that would be great to follow to ensure that your protein bar is macrobalanced. 

Tips for a Macrobalanced Protein Bar

1. Choose one with all natural ingredients if possible. 

2. Aim for at least 15 grams of protein or more. 

3. Aim for less than 20-25 grams carb. 

Some of my favorites include: RXbars, RISE bars, Primal Kitchen, and GoMacro. 

recipe (serves 8 bars) 

Prep time: 20 minutes Refrigerate Time: at least 2 hours

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1/2 cup creamy almond butter
-1 Tbsp. avocado oil
-1/4 cup hemp seeds
-1/2 cup dates
-1/4 cup cacao nibs
-1 Tbsp. honey
-1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice) 
-1/4 cup chocolate chips
-1 Tbsp. avocado oil (for sauce) 

Directions:

1. Place the vanilla protein powder, coconut flour, almond butter, avocado oil, hemp seeds and chopped dates into a large mixing bowl. Mix with your hands all the ingredients (as if you were mixing meatballs) to that it has a rough texture (similar to clumpy wet sand). 
2. Add the almond milk and blend together with hands until fully combined. 
3. In a medium casserole dish, line with parchment paper and push down the bar ingredients until about 3/4 in. to 1 inch thick. 
4. Place into the refrigerator and let chill for about 45 minutes to an hour. 
5. In a small bowl, melt chocolate (1/4 cup) with 1 Tbsp. of avocado oil and place over the protein bars. 
6. Refrigerate for another 2-3 hours and cut cold. 

Nutrition Facts (serves 8): 322 calories, 21 grams carb (6 grams fiber), 17 grams protein, and 20 grams fat. 

Macrobalanced Tip: Use a protein powder that is less than 5 grams of sugar. Also, if you do not want to add chocolate on top, no need to! You can add more almond butter or jut raw cacao nibs. 
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