I’m sitting here drinking some kombucha and it’s delightfully tasty. I noticed today when I consume kombucha I’m not as hungry throughout the day. Has anyone else experienced this? Maybe it’s the Almond Joy Protein Bars I made this morning, I love them! I was first introduced to them through a blog called “My Whole Food Life” by Melissa King. This is her recipe and I think you’ll love it. I’ve subscribed to her blog for a while now and love what she has to offer. Melissa is a vegan and I have such respect for those who can do that, however, I’m afraid it’s not me. Otherwise we may be kindred spirits.
As a rule I don’t care for protein bars, often they are filled with unnatural ingredients, dry, and just don’t taste good. These I like to keep on hand for the times I get in the mood for a snack. They are moist, delicious and filling and the kids will even like them.
Hemp helps with blood sugar, flaxseed has omega 3’s and is high in fiber. Just be sure to grind the flaxseeds well, even through they are so tiny you may feel it’s not necessary. If they are not ground up they will pass thru undigested and your body won’t process the nutrient.
The chia seeds have omega 3 fatty acids as well. Did I tell you these are delicious? They are.
In fact I will usually double the recipe.
If your food processor is rather small (like mine) just process in batches if you need to.
Process everything EXCEPT the chocolate and water. If you do everything in your processor it will be like a dough. I place each ingredient in after processing and stir. At the end add your chocolate and water as needed so it all comes together.
Place in a parchment lined 8×8 pan and press dough firmly down and refrigerate for about 1 hour. After they have chilled you can cut into squares. I even individually wrap these for an easy grab item if I’m on my way out the door.
Remember to check our dear Melissa’s blog and let us (and her!) know how much you love these.
- 1 cup almond
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut
- 12 dates
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons flaxseed
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon hemp
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tablespoons chocolate, I use a chocolate bar that's 71% cocoa (dark chocolate). I shave into small pieces.
- Water, a Tablespoon at a time it will be about 3-4 Tablespoons
- In the order listed, grind each ingredient in the food processor
- Add chocolate and pulse until mixed
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until mixed and dough forms
- Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper
- Press dough firmly into pan
- Chill for 1 hour
- Cut and serve