Chocolate Almond Protein BarsJan 05 2011 by
One of my first culinary experiences was my mother helping me to make no bake cookies for a party I was going to. Remember those cookies? Chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal? Well, I used that idea to make these protein bars when trying to find a better substitute for the Clif chocolate almond bars I used to like to nibble on when running a distance run. Clif bars just contain too many ingredients I consider to be unhealthy and unnecessary. Try these bars yourself with your next workout and get powered up.
- 1 cup brown rice syrup or coconut nectar
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain Almond Cereal
- 1/2 cup ground flax
- 1/2 cup unflavored protein powder (I use NutriBiotic rice protein)
- Layer the bottom of an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with parchment paper. Have all your dry ingredients measured and ready to go.
- In a medium bowl combine the almond butter and brown rice syrup. Heat in the microwave 1 minute, just until it is warm and syrupy. Mix well
- Stir in the cocoa powder.
- Immediately stir in the cereal, flax and protein powder (you want to work fast while the almond butter and syrup are still warm and pliable). Mix until combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and press the mixture into the dish with your hands.
- After they are completely cooled cut into 8 bars.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 508, Cal. from Fat: 200, Total Fat: 23g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Carbs: 59g, Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 23g, Protein: 21g, Sodium: 133mg, Chol: 0mg
Wrap the bars in plastic wrap for an easy grab and go pre or post workout power boost.
These protein bars are also good with cherries. Just add 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries (I like to chop them up a bit) and 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional) when mixing in the dry ingredients.