4-Ingredient coconut lime protein bars are a bright, tropical twist for snacks and workouts. They are vegan, gluten-free, & 199 calories/ 11 grams protein per bar.
Here it is, fall, and I’m sharing a recipe with the bright, sunny flavors of a tropical island.
But it’s not just any recipe. It’s a 4-ingredient protein bar recipe that takes mere minutes to make, costs little, and shakes up your lunch box (or breakfast or fitness snack) routine with something fresh and delicious that you actually want to eat.
In place of the oats typically found in DIY protein and energy bars (including many of my own!), I decided to try unsweetened flake coconut, very finely ground, to make a key component of the dough.
My first test batch turned to glop–delicious glop, but definitely glop–because I over-processed the coconut shreds; the oils began to release from the coconut and form butter. It could be a delicious base for another recipe, but not what I was going for here.
With a few more tests, I got the ratios where I wanted them, producing a creamy, pliable dough, and it only took 4 ingredients to achieve it: the coconut, some vanilla vegan protein powder, limes, and smooth nut butter.
All modesty aside, they are pretty great.
And the undercurrent of coconut throughout? Pure yum. And pure nutrition, too. The fat in coconut flesh is an outstanding source of instant fuel (it’s all abut those medium chain fatty acids) as well appetite suppressant, elevating these bars far beyond any protein bars you can buy off of the shelf.
You can use any vegan vanilla protein powder you choose, but I will mention that I used a vanilla flavored, stevia-sweetened pea protein powder. You may need to tweak the amounts of liquids and protein powder a touch, but not much; these are almost completely foolproof
Happy Monday, everyone, and here’s to a great, nutrition-packed, high-energy week!