I am having one of those days. Actually, I think it has been one of those months! Things just aren’t falling into place, and it has been a little rough around here!
I managed to burn what I was cooking in the oven, forget half the ingredients in a recipe I make ALL the time, and Sammy is staring at me like what is your problem lady???
Personally, I think Sammy’s problem is that he misses summer. He wants it to be sunny and warm so he can sit in a sunbeam. He keeps staring at the door like he wants to go outside, and I keep trying to tell him it is freezing out there! Not I’m-a-5-pound-dog-and-I-want-to-sun-bathe weather!
Today I made some protein bars. I really never have been into the bars you can buy in the store. I would rather not eat them, then buy them in the store. However, I do like to keep these in the freezer for a quick snack, or after working out!
Homemade Protein Bars
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2 cups raw almonds
1/2 cup hemp seeds (or ground flax seeds)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter or any kind of nut butter)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
Since I didn’t have any nut butter on hand, I decided to make it myself. I just took 2 cups of almonds in the food processor, and processed until it turns into a spreadable consistency!
I used the same food processor to make the bars. First, place the almonds in the food processor and process until they are broken into small pieces, but not totally crumbled. I like a little crunch in my bars!
Add in the rest of the ingredients, and process until the dough is sticky enough to stick together.
Place in an 8×8 baking dish and press down into the pan.
Place in the fridge about 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into bars.
I like to wrap them either in plastic or in a sealable container and place in the freezer. I also have cut them into shapes with cookie cutters to make them look a little fun! The left over “scrap” from cutting them in shapes are good for rolling into balls for a super quick snack!
There are endless options – you could add dried fruit, chocolate chips, cacoa nibs, cocoa powder, extra nuts, dates to make them a little more like a Larabar … etc. Use your imagination!