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Chocolate Coconut RX Bars {Vegan, high-protein}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x

Description

DIY vegan chocolate coconut RX bars that are easy to make, high in protein (11g each), and incredibly delicious!


Ingredients

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  • 11/2 cups whole, pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened flake coconut
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate or vanilla plant-based protein powder (do not pack it in when measuring)
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Line an 8- or 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. If dates are very soft, do not soak. Otherwise, soak the dates in hot water (not boiling) for 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a large food processor, process the almonds and coconut until finely chopped. Add the drained dates; process until finely chopped and mixture is blended and thick.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, (optional) chia seeds, salt, , about half of the protein powder, and 3 tablespoons of the water. Pulse, using on/of pulses; gradually add the remaining protein powder and pulse until mixture comes together, adding more water as needed, and scraping down the sides of the bowl several times.
  5. Scrape mixture into prepared pan; very firmly tamp down in an even layer. Loosely cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before removing from pan and cutting into 8 bars.

Notes

Storage: Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adding the Protein Powder: Since plant protein powders can vary significantly from one brand to the next, begin by adding HALF of the recommended protein powder to the date-nut mixture, then gradually add the remaining portion (less, or more) until the mixture forms a stiff, but not dry, dough.
Note: I used Orgain Orgaic Protein Powder in my testing. I have no affiliation with the company, in any capacity. It’s simply a brand that I like (it is widely available and reasonably priced, too)

  • Category: Snacks, Protein Bar, Energy Bar

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 230
  • Sugar: 21.6 g
  • Sodium: 159 mg
  • Fat: 9.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.3 g
  • Fiber: 5.5 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg