While protein bars are undoubtedly an incredibly convenient way to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of protein in on a daily basis, they definitely have a few down sides. A lot of protein bar brands are rather expensive when compared with the prices for other sources of protein. And unfortunately, quite often the quality of protein bars can be hit or miss. However, you can avoid both of those downsides with great recipes like the one I’ll be sharing today for making the healthiest protein bars you can make from home. When you make your own homemade protein bars with all-natural healthy ingredients, you can rest assured that your bars are both 100% nutritious and delicious.
All-Natural Protein Bars Are the Best Protein Bars
Another thing I find with most store bought protein bars is the fact they can taste more than a little bland. While there are certainly some exceptions, most of them are pretty yucky to be honest. That’s why I love this recipe so much. It uses a few high quality ingredients that doesn’t just result in a truly yummy protein bar, but one that’s incredibly nutrient-dense as well. It all starts by adding in two tablespoons of vanilla flavored protein powder and ¼ cup of goji berries into a food processor. Goji berries were a hugely popular detox food for a while, and for good reason. They’re a potent source of antioxidants that also provide antidiabetic properties, cardiovascular health benefits, and they may even help improve cognitive and sexual health. (1)
Along with the protein powder and goji berries, you’ll also need to add in ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds. They help to add a bit of extra protein to your bars, along with a lot of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. They’re also a great source of disease-fighting antioxidants in their own right. You’ll also need to add ¼ cup of almonds into the mix, which provides even more fiber for your bars along with a large amount of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Almonds are actually one of my favorite healthy snacks to enjoy, and daily almond consumption has even been shown to be effective at reducing cardiometabolic risk factors by helping to lower LDL cholesterol levels. (2)
Turn the food processor on after adding in the aforementioned ingredients, and while it’s running, slowly add in two tablespoons of cashew butter. The cashew butter helps to hold your bars together while also adding in a bit of extra protein and dietary fat. Cashews are also similar to almonds when it comes to being great for your cardiovascular health, as cashew consumption has also been found to reduce total and LDL cholesterol. (3) Next, slowly add in one tablespoon of almond milk at a time until you get a firm dough that you can shape with your hands. I like using almond milk for making my protein bar recipes because it provides pretty much all of the same great benefits as the raw almonds do – plus it tastes great.
After freezing your protein bars for a minimum of two hours, you can then dip each of them into your prepared melted dark chocolate (make sure it’s sugar free). Not only does the dark chocolate coating help to make sure your protein bars taste great, but it adds even more antioxidants and heart healthy fats to them as well. Dark chocolate is well known to provide some fantastic cardiovascular health benefits – it fits in perfectly with everything else used in this recipe. (4) Once you’ve dipped the bars in the coating, you can finish them off by sprinkling them with extra goji berries and almonds before freezing them one last time for about 30 minutes.
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The Healthiest Protein Bars You Can Make at Home (Must-try)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
¼ cup goji berries, plus more for topping
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup almonds, plus more chopped almonds for topping
2 tbsp cashew butter
2 tbsp almond milk (more or less, as necessary)
2 oz sugar free dark chocolate, melted
- In a food processor place the protein powder, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and almonds and process to combine.
- While the food processor is running, add the cashew butter.
- Slowly add the almond milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a firm dough you can shape with your hands.
- Divide the dough between six 3×1,5 inch silicone molds and press firmly.
- Freeze for minimum 2 hours.
- Remove the bars from the freezer.
- Dip each bar into the melted chocolate, sprinkle with extra goji berries and chopped almonds and freeze for another 30 minutes.
- Keep the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.