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DIY Protein Bars 3 Ways

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Fuel your day with a variety of easy homemade protein bars with flavors like nut-free oat, tropical and quinoa!

Quinoa Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cup brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of sea salt

Steps

  • In a saucepan on medium-low heat, combine coconut butter, honey, cocoa powder, protein powder, and salt. Turn off the heat, and stir in quinoa and cashews.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined baking dish and spread evenly. Set aside.
  • Chill until firm. Slice into bars, and wrap individually with parchment paper. Store in fridge or freezer.

Tropical Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup raw unsalted almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried papaya, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple, diced

Steps

  • In a bowl, combine rice cereal, nuts, and coconut.
  • Heat almond butter until melted. Pour over the mixture and stir. Stir in dried fruit.
  • On a parchment-lined baking dish, spread the mixture evenly and chill until firm.
  • Slice into bars and wrap with parchment. Store in fridge or freezer.

Nut-Free Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dates, soaked, drained, and pitted
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Steps

  • In a processor, roughly grind oats and flax seed together. Set aside.
  • Process dates until mostly smooth. Add the oat and flax seed mixture back into the processor and combine well. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Stir in the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cherries.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined rectangular baking dish, spread evenly, and chill until firm. Slice into bars, and wrap each bar separately with parchment paper and string. Store in fridge or freezer.