I don’t know why I’ve never attempted making my own protein bars before. I mean, I’ve pretty much tried everything else: protein bites, protein muffins, protein pancakes, waffles, cakes, cookies, the list goes on…And I’m pretty sure that this will be the start of a new experimentation phase, so just as a forewarning: there will be more homemade protein bar recipes coming soon! (You have been warned!)
What I love so much about these protein bars is that they’re simple to make, don’t make a ton of mess in the kitchen (less to clean up = happier me), and take less than 15 minutes to fix. Who wouldn’t like that? They also taste really yummy, though if you’re taking it with you to work or school, pack a napkin as well (the eating process is a bit on the messy side). That being said, the messy fingers, and the chocolate drizzle that somehow makes its way to the corner of your mouth are totally worth it!
I hope you guys enjoy it!
Homemade Protein Bars
(df, gf, vegetarian)
adapted from an anonymous recipe (sorry, wish I knew who to give credit to!)
1 cup almond butter, crunchy
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup ground oats
pinch of salt
1 dark chocolate bar (I used 72% cocoa)
Heat almond butter and honey on low to medium heat, to soften. Remove from stove top and mix in flax meal, ground oats, vanilla life shake, and salt. Set aside. Cover a 9″x 9″ glass dish with parchment paper, and press the mixture into the dish. Make sure it’s evenly distributed. Place dish into freezer for a few minutes.
Melt chocolate bar and mix with the chocolate life shake. Take out the dish from the freezer and spread the chocolate over the almond butter/honey layer. Spread evenly. Put into freezer again for the chocolate to firm up. Cut into squares, or rectangles. (I made 12 protein bars from this, but you can always cut into smaller pieces.) Enjoy!