Peanut Butter, Coconut and Chocolate Chip
Top 3 Reasons To Make Your Own Protein Bars
1.) Quality. You know exactly what you’re eating. Sometimes I can’t even read half the words on the ingredient list from store bought protein bars! I would rather have whole food ingredients and no artificial substitutes, plus homemade bars are always more fresh. They haven’t been sitting on the shelf for years, filled with preservatives.
2.) Custom made to perfection. I like being able to adjust the macronutrients and size of bar depending on what type of exercise I will be doing. These bars are great for long endurance activity like hiking, biking, long runs, etc. The combinations are endless. You could even sneak some veggie powder in there.
3.) Budget. It’s wayyyy cheaper. Think about how much you pay per protein bar. It’s a LOT! Buy ingredients in bulk or choose ingredients you already have on hand.
Collagen– Collagen’s unique functional properties make it an important structural protein in our bodies. It is the long-chain of amino acids that builds our skin, connective tissue and bones. It is in our muscles, bones, hair, skin and nails. Further Food Collagen Peptides contains 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids. Amino acids help our bodies carry out important functions, such as building, and repairing muscles and tissues. Vital Proteins Collagen is tasteless, no added sugar, fat or preservatives, and instantly dissolves in liquids.
Coconut Flakes– Good source of calories, fiber and fat. I add it in for flavor and texture!
Almond Butter– contains healthy fats, protein, and minerals. Monounsaturated fats found in almonds help to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind). Almonds are also high in calcium and magnesium, which is good for strong bones, normal blood clotting, proper muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Oats- Are a great source of dietary fiber, specifically beta-glucan. This particular type of fiber is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol. Oats also contain manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, and zinc.
Dark Chocolate– contain antioxidants (flavanols) that have been linked to heart health and also have a variety of minerals including iron, magnesium, copper and management.
Sugar 2.0-easy way to add fiber and probiotics to your baking. Sugar 2.0 + Probiotics is simply better sugar with digestion-aiding and immune support Ganeden BC30 probiotics. Sugar 2.0 + Probiotics is 50% less sugar, 1/3 less calories than regular sugar with the benefits of prebiotic, soluble fiber.
P.S These bars are high calorie (~325 kcal) and are meant for long periods of exercise, convenient meal replacement (when you have those days where you didn’t pack a lunch or don’t have time). If you would like them as a snack option, I would suggest making them smaller portions!
- 1/2 Cup Nut Butter I use Justin’s Almond Butter
- 2 Tbsp Applesauce
- 2 Scoops Collagen
- 3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Flakes
- 1/4 Cup Oats
- 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 Tbsp Sugar 2.0 Probiotics Optional