My husband enjoys protein bars. Many bars on the market are made with deplorable processed ingredients. If you're in a pinch, they are healthier than a Twix, but not by much. I began making my husband's protein bars a few months ago. I make them once a week! He has them with coffee most mornings. This recipe is adapted from the Petite Athlete's Primal Protein Bars.
Preheat your oven to 400. On a rimmed baking sheet put 2C raw mixed nuts and .50C unsweetened shredded coconut. Bake 5-7 minutes or until you start smelling the nuts. Take out pan then turn the oven down to 325.
In a large mixing bowl (I use 8 cup Pyrex) combine:
.50C coconut oil
.50C almond butter (we use Trader Joe's raw crunchy)
Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds; stir to combine.
Once the nuts have cooled slightly, put them in a blender/VitaMixer/food processor and chop but not make into crumbs or paste. Pour this into the bowl. Then add:
8Tbsp. chia seeds
4 large scoops protein powder (we use Chocolate Mint pea protein)
1C craisins or other dried fruit
Stir to combine. Pour into greased dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to set before placing in the refrigerator.