Dr. Blanchard sent me a link to Phil's Bar's recipe yesterday and I couldn't wait to try it. I love protein bars—they are a quick, healthy snack that I can grab on the go. Unfortunately, I find it really difficult to find a good, nutritious protein bar at the supermarkets because they can be loaded with sugar and include ingredients that I try to avoid, like soy and preservatives. So, the natural solution is to make them at home, but I haven't been able to find a recipe that's easy, quick, and adaptable to my specific nutrition plan—until now.

Homemade Raw Protein Bars

What I love the most about this recipe is that it is raw. Because there is no baking involved, this protein bar is full of unaltered nutrients, making it a truly guilt-free snack for you or kids. I compare the smell of them to a candy bar or smores—YUM. I changed up the original recipe a bit to squeeze in a few more delicious ingredients.

Shopping List:

• 1 cup whole raw, organic almonds
• 1 cup raw, organic peanuts
• 1 cup organic, raw, cashew pieces
• 2/3 cup Jay Robb's vanilla whey protein powder (Could also use Standard Process protein powder available at the Covenant Natural Health Care office. It contains 4 more grams of protein vs. Jay Robb brand).
• 4 tablespoons pure powdered cocoa  (I recommend Green & Black's Organic Cocoa Powder)
• 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I recommend Tropical Traditions)
• 2 tablespoons flax seed
• 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
• 1/3 cup raw honey
• 1/3 cup hot water
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Optional: Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, figs, dates, )

Directions:

Grind all dry ingredients in a food processor to a course meal consistency, but not too fine. Mix honey, hot water, and vanilla in a small container. Turn on food processor and add wet ingredients to dry until thoroughly mixed. Depending on the strength of the food processor you may need to finish mixing by hand. You can make the mixture into balls or bars. For bars, pour mixture into greased 9×13 glass pan and press out evenly (I put down a layer of wax paper to avoid any sticking problems). Make sure to firmly press it in so it will form a bar that will stick together. Put dish into fridge for 1 hour then remove and cut into bars but leave in pan and put back into fridge to firm up for a few hours or overnight. Keep bars in fridge and they will last at least 10 to 14 days. Recipe from Dr. Phil Maffetone’s book, In Fitness and in Health.

I got about 16 square bars out of this recipe. I figured each bar has about 7 grams of protein.

Tipoftheday Instead of running to the vending machine at 3pm, pack one of these sweet, delicious bars—you'll avoid the stomach ache and won't need another pick-me-up in an hour.