It is so easy to make bars like these. Really, we all have to stop buying them! When you make your own, you get to add whatever you want. Even though you can purchase bars that have organic quality ingredients, they are small and usually have cane sugar as the sweetener. If you don’t want the excess sugar in your diet, you can choose unsweetened chocolate and stir in some stevia powder or monk fruit powder. Since we all need Omega-3’s in our diets, I took the opportunity to add beneficial nuts and seeds.
Once you see how this comes together, you will be set to do your own variations. Some ideas for variations and substitute ingredients are, walnuts, for the almonds, chia seeds for the hemp seeds, pea protein for the whey protein ( I plan to try a coffee flavored pea protein next), agave for the honey (although I personally like the texture of honey for this recipe), you can also add cinnamon, cardamom, or ginger. Go a step above this recipe and add in 1/4-1/3 cup chopped dried fruit.
Enjoy making this recipe and eating these bars with your family.
- 1/4 heaping cup coconut oil
- 1/4 heaping cup peanut butter
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon milled flax seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder ( I use MRM natural whey)
- 3 cups organic brown rice crisp cereal ( I use Whole Foods Market brand)
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil. Add the peanut butter and stir together. Microwave for a few more seconds if mixture is chunky. Stir in the dark chocolate and stir until smooth.
In a separate bowl mix the nuts, seeds, protein powder, cereal and dark chocolate chips. Add to the oil mixture. stir until well combined. I use two spoons—seems easier.
Line a baking pan with wax paper. Transfer your bar mixture to the pan. Use a spoon or spatula to smooth it over evenly.
Refrigerate until firm. Transfer to a cutting board to cut into bars.