One of the biggest snacks I had to give up when I went AIP/Paleo was protein bars. I love carrying a bar in my bag to snack on after workouts while I run errands. I'm really particular about protein bars and don't want a lot of sugar but want lots of protein. I spent hours researching protein bars I could make from various websites and found many I loved; however, I missed the chocolate flavor. Chocolate has been a successful reintroduction for me, in moderation, (Thank God!!) so I decided to make up a protein bar recipe that satisfied my sweet tooth. These protein bars were sort of an accidental recipe for me. I found the Primal Health and Nutrition Chocolate Cherry Protein Powder in my pantry one day and decided to use it to make a protein bar and I think they turned out pretty awesome. They are low in sugar, have lots of protein (even more if you add almonds) and have the perfect chocolate taste. If you want a bit more chocolate flavor, you could add some Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips on top. I created these in honor of Valentine's Day so I hope you make them for those you love!!
(This protein powder mixed with coconut or almond milk is fantastic. You could even blend it with a banana and add some ice to make a smoothie. It has great flavor!)
You can use a cake pan to make the bars and cut by hand or you can use a silicone baking mold like this one. If you like these bars and plan to make them often or develop bars of your own, it's worth purchasing this mold. The first protein bars I ever made on my own were from Grass Fed Salsa and she recommended this mold.
Paleo Chocolate Cherry Protein Bars
¾ Cup Coconut Butter, softened (also called coconut manna)
⅓ Cup Primal Health Nutrition Chocolate Cherry Protein Powder
3 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted
¼ Cup shredded coconut (can substitute finely chopped almonds if you don’t like coconut, or use both)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbs. Honey
2 Tbs. Dried cherries
Grease an 8x8” cake pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper. Combine coconut butter, protein powder and coconut oil and mix thoroughly. Add shredded coconut or almonds, cinnamon and honey and continue to mix until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture into the greased pan, flatten evenly and sprinkle with dried cherries.
Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes, cut into bars and serve. Best if stored in fridge.
Makes 8 bars.