Protein Energy Bars

Here is another one of my favorite go-to's - if you enjoyed the Coconut Bliss Balls, then I think you'll find this one just as delicious. These can be made into balls as well if you prefer the portion size instead.

Protein Energy Balls Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Makes: 30 balls

Materials: mixing bowl, baking sheet or 8x8 pan, parchment paper, and food processor

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Ingredients:

  • 2c cashews (can swap out based on allergies)
  • 1c egg white protein powder or protein of choice: pea, whey, hemp, etc.
  • 1/2c unsweetened cacao or carob powder
  • 18 large Medjool dates
  • 2-4 tblsp water
  • 1/2c coconut flakes or carob chips if desired for coating
  • Optional flavors to add in: cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Remove pits from dates if not purchased pitted
  • In a bowl, soak the dates in warm water for about 5 minutes
  • In food processor (or high powered mixer/blender), process the cashews, protein, andcacao powder until the nuts are small pieces. Be careful not to turn into a powderedform, as we want texture
  • Add the pitted dates and process until combination looks dry
  • Keep the processor running and add tablespoons of water, one at a time, until themixture is sticky. The more moist your dates, the less water you’ll need. Go slow to avoid adding too much water
  • Remove mixture and press into a lined 8x8 pan; use hands to press evenly (can wet your hands a little to prevent sticking to the "dough")
  • Place pan in fridge for an hour, or freezer for 30 minutes, then remove and cut into bars using a sharp knife

Should be kept in the fridge and can last up to a week, or stored in freezer for up to two weeks!