Have you guys ever tried Luna bars?
They’re protein bars that claim to be specifically designed for women, which is annoying and deceptive. On the other hand, they’re really pretty delicious and they have tons of really creative flavors.
One of those flavors involves a lot of chocolate and coconut, and those were the inspiration for these homemade chocolately coconut almond protein bars. They taste like dessert, but they actually contain tons of good-for-you ingredients like coconut, almonds and whey protein!
And if you don’t have the crisp rice cereal (or just don’t want to use it), you can just substitute it with a little extra oats.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup crisp brown rice cereal
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup whey protein powder (I used APS’ cinnamon roll because it’s really yummy, but you can use vanilla or whatever)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup almond butter
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other milk)
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 of a dark chocolate bar (I used 85%)
Total prep time: 15 minutes (active)
Stir the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, then add in the almond butter, honey and almond milk.
Make sure you mix everything together really well—the last thing you want to do when you’re eating a protein bar is to bite into a bit of dry protein powder. So make sure and mix it well until everything is blended together nicely.
Spray some parchment paper with a little coconut oil (or just spread a little with a spatula), and put your dough on there. Use the parchment paper to flatten the dough so that it’s in a fairly rectangular shape—remember, this will be the eventual thickness of your bars so don’t make it too thin/too thick.
Stick in the refrigerator for an hour or so (or yes, they can go in the freezer for 10-15 minutes if you’re feeling impatient). Once the dough is chilled and a little easier to work with, cut it into four bars, then melt your chocolate. Dunk the bars in the chocolate (if you want them to have slightly less calories, you could also choose to just coat one side), then place back on the parchment paper and put them back in the fridge.
Eat chilled, or wrap in foil and bring a bar with you (just don’t let it sit in a hot car)!
Macros (per 1/4 recipe):