Shannon is a bit preoccupied today, so she allowed me to post today’s “Make it Yourself Monday”, um, craft. Here he is:
So I was thrilled to find this idea and recipe on Passionate Homemaking.
Nourishing Protein Bars
2 c. almonds
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. dried prunes
1/2 c. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 c. peanut butter (real, unsweetened)
1/2 t. kosher salt or sea salt
1/2 c. coconut oil (melted)
1 Tbs. honey (or maple syrup)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate (melted with 1 Tbs. butter and 2-3 Tbs. honey to sweeten)
OR Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips, melted
Place almonds, seeds, prunes, coconut, peanut butter and salt in food processor. Pulse briefly to combine ingredients.
In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in honey and vanilla.
Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a very course paste. (You will still see small, crunchy bits of almond.)
Press mixture into 8X8 glass baking dish. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or until hardened.
In small saucepan, melt chocolate with butter and honey over very low heat, stirring continuously. Spread melted chocolate over bars. Return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Yields 12-15 bars.
*Sunflower Seeds = pumpkin, flax, or chia seeds
*Dried Prunes = dates or raisins
*Peanut Butter = Almond or other nut butter
*Coconut Oil = I would try real butter if you cannot get coconut oil
*Baker’s Chocolate = dark chocolate squares or semi-sweet chocolate chips
If you have a good, nutritional recipe, I would LOVE for you to share. Happy Monday, everyone!