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Crunchy Vanilla Protein Bars Recipe

These crunchy vanilla protein bars pack roughly 17 grams of protein per serving, (depending on the collagen) plus fiber and healthy fats, making them a perfect, balanced breakfast on the go.


Protein Bars

Ingredients

- 1/2 cup flaked coconut

- 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs

- 1 1/2 cups almond flour

- 1 cup collagen powder

- 2 tablespoons ground or whole chia seeds

- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla extract

- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

- 1/2 cup coconut milk

- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest

- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, halved

- Optional: low-carb sweetener, to taste




Preparation

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.

  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine flaked coconut, raw cacao nibs, almond flour, collagen powder, and ground chia seeds. Stir until evenly mixed.

  3. Add Vanilla Flavor: Sprinkle vanilla powder or pour unsweetened vanilla extract over the dry ingredients. Mix well to distribute the vanilla flavor throughout the mixture.

  4. Melt Coconut Oil: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt virgin coconut oil until it becomes liquid.

  5. Combine Wet Ingredients: Pour melted coconut oil and coconut milk into the dry ingredients mixture. Add fresh lemon zest as well. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. If desired, add low-carb sweetener to taste.

  6. Fold in Macadamia Nuts: Gently fold halved macadamia nuts into the mixture, distributing them evenly.

  7. Press into Pan: Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula or your hands to press it firmly and evenly into the dish.

  8. Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the top is firm to the touch.

  9. Cool and Slice: Allow the protein bars to cool completely in the baking dish. Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the bars out of the dish. Place them on a cutting board and slice into individual bars or squares.


  10. Enjoy: These crunchy vanilla protein bars are perfect for a balanced breakfast on the go or as a nutritious snack any time of the day. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to one week.


These bars are not only packed with protein but also contain fiber and healthy fats, making them a delicious and satisfying option to fuel your busy day!




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