Homemade No-Bake Protein Bars Organic Coconut Oil
Like every fitness enthusiast worth her salt, I love eating protein bars! While they are just 50-100 bucks a piece this expense adds up to a lot more money over time. But the biggest problem is that store bought protein bars often have preservative, added sugar and stabilizers which beats the very purpose of a healthy snack.
So what is the alternative I propose?
What if I told you that you can make protein bars for are a mere 10-15 bucks a piece? That too bars that are completely fresh and laden with healthy ingredients. I am a huge proponent of homemade products and protein bars are my weapons of choice right now. Initially I baked up huge batches that tasted divine but required a lot of heavy lifting but this recipe is so simple that you can make small batches without breaking a sweat.
So let’s get down to business with the ingredients:
- 1.5 cups coarsely ground rolled oats flour
- 1/2 cup protein powder
- 1/2 cup roasted puffed rice
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter (Depending on how deep your pockets are :P)
- 1/2 cup jaggery (or liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 squares of dark chocolate
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- Milk to loosen the mixture (Can vary between ¼-½ cup)
- Coarse sea salt, to taste
Directions of Creation:
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
- Warm the peanut butter and jaggery in the microwave till it is liquid to ensure that it can be mixed in with the other ingredients more easily
- Add this liquid peanut butter, jaggery and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and mix all of them together very well
- If the mixture is too dry, add some milk till it reaches a viscous consistency
- Line any square tin with parchment paper and press the mixture into the tin properly. Ensure that the mixture is tightly packed.
- Pop into the freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour
- Melt the chocolate squares in the microwave, add the coconut oil and mix it well
- Drizzle the semi set bars with chocolate and pop into the freezer till it properly sets. Store these bars in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Coconut Oil- I have often gone into depth about the ability of coconut oil being a game changer and have expressed it perfectly in this article.
- Peanut Butter- Protein makes up 25% of peanut butter, so it is a very good source of protein. Even though peanuts have “nut” in their name, they are not a nut, but rather a legume.Thus like lentils and peas it is a great source of protein.
- Jaggery- Jaggery contains more nutrients than refined sugar because of its molasses content. Molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar making process, which is usually removed when making refined sugar.
- Jaggery may also contain small amounts of vitamin B and minerals, including calcium, zinc, phosphorus and copper.
So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch and work towards a healthier body today!