Homemade Protein bars are such a versatile snack. They easily tuck into lunch boxes, work as an afternoon pick-me-up, and can power you through an action packed workout. Most of us pickup our pre-packaged protein bars in the aisles of our nearest grocery store, but what you might not know is that protein bars are an easy DIY at home recipe.
These bars are no-bake and can be whipped up in just a few minutes, then it’s all hands off time waiting for these bars to setup in the fridge.
Not only are protein bars pretty easy to make, but they are also even healthier when you make them yourself. These bars are filled with protein-packed whole foods and contain none of the preservatives that you often find in the pre-packaged variety.
Additionally, you won’t need to stock up on protein powder for this recipe. These bars get all of their protein from nuts, seeds, and nut butters. They also have a good amount of fiber, thanks to the coconut flour, and lots of heart-healthy fats from the coconut oil and almond butter.
So we have healthy and easy, but what about tasty? Well, in case you hadn’t heard, these protein bars are ALMOND JOY flavored. Yes, you heard that right! All the flavor of a coconut-packed, chocolate coated, and almond topped candy bar in a healthy protein bar form. The hardest part about making these bars will be self control! I may have snuck a few bites of the dough in the making of these bars .
Ingredients you’ll need to make at home the protein bars:
For the base layer:
- 2 cups almond meal
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- Pinch salt (omit if using salted almond butter)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup unsalted almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
For the chocolate layer:
- 7 oz dark chocolate (at least 72%)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted almond butter
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
Directions to prepare the healthy Homemade Protein bars:
- Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal, shredded coconut, coconut flour, chia seeds, and pinch of salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, almond butter, and maple syrup.
- Once combined, stir this into the dry ingredients. You may have to knead the mixture with your hands in order to fully incorporate the wet into the dry. The mixture should be crumbly, but stick together when pressed.
- Pour this mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
- Press down with your hands to compact the bars and smooth out the top surface. Be sure to really press the bars down, as this helps the bars keep their shape.
- In a small saucepan, combine the dark chocolate, coconut oil, and almond butter. Heat over low and stir constantly until the mixture is just melted.
- Pour this over the bars and smooth out the chocolate. Top with the chopped almonds and transfer to the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.
- Once the chocolate has set, about 2-3 hours, remove the bars from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. Loosen the bars from the pan with a sharp knife. Lift the bars out using the parchment paper and slice into 12 bars. Wrap extra bars in seran wrap and store in the refrigerator.