*Lindsay’s Note: The following is a guest post by Karen Wojciechowski. Karen loves making homemade health bars and came up with an amazing paleo protein bar recipe for Fit & Awesome. This recipe looks AWESOME. Enjoy!
I love dark chocolate and love to include it in my recipes and find healthy ways to add it into my diet whenever possible. However sometimes I don’t have really good quality dark chocolate in the house (it goes really fast) and it totally melts everywhere when I take my homemade protein bars out mountain biking or hiking.
So I was super excited to discover raw cacao nibs and use them in this paleo protein bar recipe.
And although to be honest they don’t really taste like dark chocolate. They give me a bit of the chocolaty taste I love without any of the refined sugar or melting issues and a whole heap of health benefits. They are:
- High in magnesium and potassium
- A good source of fiber & iron
- An awesome source of antioxidants
- Great for enhancing your mood and can help you feel more alert and focused
- Help keep your heart healthy.
So here is my favorite paleo protein bar recipe to use raw cacao nibs in. These homemade bars are awesome to have as a snack or take out with you hiking or biking.
Hope you enjoy! This homemade paleo protein bar recipe makes 6 servings.
Homemade Paleo Protein Bar Recipe: Cacao Paleo Energy Bar
- 1/4 cup (60g) raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons (30g) raw cashews
- 1/4 cup (60g) walnuts
- 1/3 cup (90g) medjool dates
- 4 teaspoons (20g) unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 3 teaspoons (15g) raw cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup (60g) dried apricots
- Add all the ingredients together into a food processor and mix well.
- Once all the ingredients are completely combined take the mixture and divide into 6 portions.
- Mold each portion into a bar shape and put into the fridge to set.
- Take out of the fridge after about half an hour and enjoy.
What about you? Have you ever made homemade protein bars? Would you try a paleo protein bar recipe like the one above? Post in the comments and let us know!
This sounds pretty easy to make. I’ll make my substitutions re: nuts and try this out! Being a new mom and only having one hand to eat forces me to make bite-sized snacks and meals. Thanks for the inspiration! (Plus I bought a giant Costco-sized bags of medjool dates that need to be consumed! Ahhhh Costco – a blessing and a curse.)
Mmm..dates. I know all about the new mom eating plan. Oy! Let us know how the recipe goes once you make it!
Betsy Moats (@WarriorBetsy) says
This look tasty!
I know, right?
THOSE LOOK AMAZING!! I wish I had one right now! Well done!
Also, just realized I totally dropped the ball and owe you an email. I am so sorry! I’ll get on that asap! Please forgive me… :/ Life got too busy for my own good!
Thanks, Lora! I am looking forward to trying out Karen’s recipe myself. No worries on the email at all. I know we are all busy and I look forward to hearing from you!