These paleo protein bars have mango, coconut and almonds, for a tropical taste. Make the no-bake protein bar recipe using natural sugars and healthy fats! Great for travel, pre/post workout fuel, breakfast, or healthy snacks. Vegan option.
Hey all! Just letting you know we gave my FAVORITE protein bar from 2015 recipe new life! It’s been retested and rephotographed with video. Now, I am republishing it for you! 🙂 Enjoy!
We all have a few things that just work well for us. Whether that be in our fitness, our way of eating/nutritional needs, or even our work/life balance. We find what works, what makes us feel good, and we stick with it, well for the most part.
For the past few months, we’ve been trying to create a new normal. Because, let’s face it, our lives look a little different these days. And that’s okay!
Change happens. They keep us on our toes and working through rough spots. That being said, when life gets unintentionally busy or FULL, we do What WE Can (physically) When We Can. A walk, a quick 10 minute at home circuit, yoga on our lunch break, taking the stairs, etc.
Food is another area we are trying to figure out. I don’t know about you, but we go through burnout spells. Changing up our meals and snacks can be a good thing! Maybe you or your kids need more nutrient dense snacks or lunches with plant based protein? Maybe you’ve decided smoothies are any easy way to sneak in more veggies. Yes to all of that! Change can be good, yet again!
Which leads me to our current diet changes. Sneaking in more QUALITY protein! I need it.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN
We all know protein is super important for us. Proteins contain amino acids, which are used in the body to repair cells, to make enzymes, hormones, and antibodies. There are 20 different amino acids that are contained in a protein, and nine that the body cannot make on it’s own.
These are the essential amino acids, and if you have all 9 of these essential amino acids in a protein, then it’s called a complete protein. Make sense?
So, there are many reasons to enjoy protein-rich snacks, but most of all, because they will sustain you for a long time.
No bake paleo protein bars
This protein bar recipe is the real deal.
The bars are balanced with flavor from dried mango, crunchy nuts, and coconut. They’re easy to digest, and made with natural sugars, healthy fats, and a complete protein powder.
They are a COMPLETE balance of nutrition that you NEED. They are a great grab and go breakfast, pre or post workout snack, or for getting in extra macro/micro nutrients. You see, they just WORK!
Oh, and they taste pretty darn good. I told you I had a point here.
No bake protein bars, Balance Bars, Fruit and Nut Bars… whatever name “works” for you. And the best part… you don’t have to turn on the oven, because this is a no bake protein bar recipe!
All you need are a few simple ingredients and a high speed blender or food processor.
The DRY ingredients
- dried mango – You can substitute them with dried apricots or dried pineapple if you’d like
- unsweetened coconut flakes – I prefer to toast the coconut, but it isn’t necessary
- almonds – Of course, any other nut of your choice will work just as well
- protein powder – There are plenty of options here. See my notes below
- maple syrup or raw honey
- hot water – If possible, I suggest using purified water
- vanilla extract – Almond extract would be good as well
A NOTE ABOUT THE PROTEIN POWDER
Egg white protein works best with this recipe. However, other options that work are 100% whey protein isolate, Pea Protein, or Brown Rice Protein. Depending on what you use, the texture and taste might be a little different, so adjust the honey and water accordingly.
How to make the protein bar recipe (VIDEO BELOW)
Making this recipe truly couldn’t be any easier. Because no baking is required, it’s as simple as making the mixture and pressing it into a pan. Then, a quick chill and they are ready!
1. COMBINE NUTS and COCONUT. You’ll want to do use a high powered blender or food processor for this. The mixture should have a texture similar to almond-meal.
2. GRIND THE DRIED FRUIT. Depending on the age of the fruit, it can sometimes be tough to process. So, if you don’t have a high powered blender or food processor, you can use a knife to cut the fruit into smaller pieces.
Remove the fruit from the food processor and add it to the almond coconut mixture. Stir in the protein powder, salt, and cinnamon, then set the bowl aside.
3. COMBINE THE LIQUID INGREDIENTS. Whisk the syrup/honey, water, and extract together in a small bowl, then add them to the bowl of dry ingredients.
4. PRESS MIXTURE INTO PAN, THEN CHILL.
After an hour or so, the bars will be ready to eat. Keep them in the refrigerator and they should stay fresh for 5 to 7 days.
HOW TO MAKE NO BAKE MANGO PROTEIN BARS VIDEO
They are both equally addictive, so you might want to make a batch of each. Just sayin’…Print
These paleo protein bars are balanced with flavor and easy to digest. Made with natural sugars, healthy fats, and complete protein. Great for travel, pre/post workout fuel, breakfast, or healthy snacks. Vegan option
- 2 1/2 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup dried mango (about 4–5 pieces). Note – dried apricot and pineapple can be substituted.
- 1/4 cup or 2 scoops (60 grams) protein powder of choice (see notes below for options)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup hot water (purified)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- First add the almonds and coconut into a high powdered blender or food processor and grind until an almond meal like texture is formed.
- Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
- Next grind up the dried mango. They are sometimes tough to processes, so if you don’t have a high powered blender or food processor, you can use a knife to cut them into smaller pieces.
- Remove from food processor and mix the dried mango with the almond coconut mixture. Stir in the protein powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a separate small mixing bowl. Combine honey or maple syrup, 1/2 cup of hot water, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, then add to your dry ingredients.
- If the batter is too thick, just add more hot water, or even a little honey. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder or flour of choice. Mix well with hands then press into a lined 8×8 baking dish. Let bars cool in fridge for 1 hour or longer, then cut into squares.
- Keep refrigerated and consume within 5 to 7 days.
About the protein powder: Egg white protein works best with this recipe, however, you may also use 100% whey protein isolate, Pea Protein, or Brown Rice Protein. Depending on what you use, the texture and taste will be a little different, so adjust honey/water accordingly.
- Category: snack
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: american
- Serving Size: 1 bar
Keywords: paleo protein bars, energy bars, paleo, healthy snacks, gluten free
Let me know if you give these bars a try! And tell me, what’s one thing you’ve changed these past few months. For the good?!