A paleo style diet is definitely one of the most sound dieting approaches out there. It doesn’t rely on any sort of severe caloric restriction or gimmicky fads – just a simple, common sense eating approach. You simply eat all-natural whole foods and eliminate all of the refined sugars and processed junk from your diet. The end result is a diet plan that’s easy to adhere to because you still have a ton of flexibility when it comes to making delicious meals and snacks. Take these refrigerator paleo protein bars for example. They’re made with nothing but whole food ingredients, they offer plenty of protein and great tasting flavor, and they only take 10 minutes to get ready – my kind of snack!
A Healthy Paleo Treat You Can Enjoy All Week
The majority of the protein content from these protein bars will be coming from two distinct sources – ¼ cup of hemp protein powder and two tablespoons of hemp seeds. One of the best plant sources of protein available, hemp seeds are also rich in healthy fatty acids and essential nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin E. Hemp protein powder also provides 20 amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids.
After adding the hemp seeds and protein powder to your food processor, you’ll also need to add in two tablespoons of coconut flour and two tablespoons of cacao powder. The coconut flour helps to add even more high quality fats to your bars, along with a moderate amount of protein and fiber. Using cacao powder is a great way to give your healthy treats a delicious, natural chocolate flavor as well – albeit one that can be slightly bitter. Much like dark chocolate or black coffee though, it’s definitely a taste you can get used to, especially because it provides some fantastic health benefits. Cacao is known to contain more phenolic antioxidants than most other foods, which makes it a great option that helps to ward off chronic disease. (1)
Process the above ingredients to combine them, and then gradually add in four tablespoons of almond butter and three tablespoons of organic maple syrup while the food processor is still running. Maple syrup is one of my favorite all-natural sweetening options to use when making healthy snacks, and it definitely helps to balance out the slightly bitter flavor of the cacao in these protein bars. It also provides a few unique benefits when it comes to helping protect against certain types of cancers – studies have found that maple syrup inhibits the growth of colorectal cancer cells. (2)
The almond butter will help to hold your bars together while adding even more heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants to the mix. With the food processor still running, you can also begin to slowly add the unsweetened almond milk until you end up with a dough mixture that you can shape with your hands. Then it’s a simple matter of dividing the dough up evenly, freezing for one hour, and then (optionally) drizzling your protein bars with some melted sugar free dark chocolate. You’ll want to store your protein bars in an airtight container in the fridge – they’ll last you all week long that way.
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The Healthiest Protein Bars You Can Make at Home
Refrigerator Paleo Protein Bars You Can Eat All Week
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
¼ cup hemp protein powder
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp hemp seeds
3 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
For decoration (optional):
1 oz paleo approved dark chocolate, melted
- In a food processor place the hemp protein powder, cacao powder, coconut flour and hemp seeds and process to combine.
- While the food processor is running, add the almond butter and maple syrup.
- Slowly add the almond milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a dough you can shape with your hands.
- Divide the dough between eight 3×1,5 inch silicone molds and press firmly.
- Freeze for one hour.
- Remove the bars from the freezer and drizzle with melted chocolate (if using).
- Keep the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.