I'm so excited about these DIY protein bars. I was buying something similar at one of my favorite juice shops, Urban Remedy, and thought to myself, I can totally make this on my own! This is a great alternative to packaged bars that have a zillion ingredients. These are perfect for a post workout snack, breakfast, or as a treat-- they are loaded with healthy fats, protein and fiber to keep you going strong! And they're delicious!
2 cups hazelnut meal
1/2 cup ground flax
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of of coconut oil
1. Place hazelnut meal, ground flax, shredded coconut, coconut butter and salt in a food processor and blend until all ingredients are fully ground and blended.
2. Melt coconut oil over low heat and stir in maple syrup. Once fully melted, add this to the ground mixture in the food processor and blend.
3. Once ingredients are well mixed, transfer into an 8x11 glass baking dish. If you want thicker bars, you can use a smaller pan. Place in refrigerator to chill for about 20 minutes.
1. While the base of the bar is chilling, make the chocolate topping— just place coconut oil in a plan on low heat. Gently melt and stir in cacao and maple syrup.
2. Remove your bar base from the fridge and pour melted chocolate over the base to cover the entire baking dish. It might not look like you have enough chocolate sauce to cover the tray, but trust me it is enough, and it will seem like more when it hardens.
Option: sprinkle with sea salt or cacao nibs would be good too!
3. Put the baking dish back into the fridge to harden for about 20 minutes.
4. Cut into bars and enjoy! (Tip: I recommend leaving the baking dish out for about 5 minutes before cutting up into bar pieces— otherwise the chocolate may break). Keep bars refrigerated until you're ready to eat them.