Made with whole food ingredients, natural sugars, and complete protein, these Coconut Almond Protein Bars are paleo and vegan-friendly for a satisfying snack that is no-bake and delicious. Make them ahead of time for quick breakfasts, on-the-go snacks, post-workout, and more!
The second addition to our full week of snacks, these no-bake protein bars are the perfect combination of sweet and salty with a satisfying texture guaranteed to please your taste buds!
Your New Favorite (Affordable) Paleo Protein Bars!
With the kids going back to school, work in full swing, and the holidays right around the corner, this time of year can be pretty crazy! That means we’re all in need of easy meals and lots of nourishing snacks. Am I right? I don’t know about you, but when I’m running around from place to place, I like to keep a protein bar or two on hand to hold me over when hunger strikes. In fact, my husband often eats them for breakfast as he runs out the door for work or the gym!
Of course, you can find a million different protein bar options at your local grocery store. However, they’re often full of processed ingredients and added sugars. Not to mention, they can be super expensive, too! Looking at common ingredient lists and nutrient breakdowns, I knew there had to be something better out there. So, instead of spending an arm and a leg, I decided to create my own paleo protein bars! Looking for inspiration, I began sorting through our cupboards. Luckily, I found a bag of coconut shreds to get me started!
No Baking – No Stress
If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll have seen recipes like Orange Coconut Oatmeal Muffins, my Creamy Cocoa Low Carb Shake, and these Apricot Fig Bliss Balls. So, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of coconut, and I knew I had to include it in this protein bar recipe. With one of the main components in hand, I began to pile together an array of healthy options such as nuts, seeds, and fruit to choose from and got started testing recipes. What resulted was a perfectly soft, slightly chewy protein bar made with whole foods, no added sugar, and of course, protein.
Thanks to the use of almonds instead of peanuts, they’re a much more allergy-friendly option perfect for healthy breakfasts, pre or post-workout fuel, traveling, lunchboxes, and everything in between! Even better, they can be thrown together in less time than it would take you to run to the store.
What are we waiting for? Let’s get in the kitchen!
Super Star BAR Ingredients
Unlike many packaged varieties, these protein bars are made with simple, whole-food ingredients you likely already have waiting in your kitchen! Nutritious on their own, they come together to create a delicious superfood-filled bar you’re going to love.
Almonds – Nutrient powerhouses, a serving of almonds provides 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 14 grams of fats 9 of which are monounsaturated! Not to mention they’re full of vitamins and antioxidants that can help control blood sugar, prevent heart attacks, aid in weight loss, and more.
Pro-Tip: For easier blending, soak the almond in warm water for 10 minutes.
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes – Used for added texture and sweetness, coconut flakes are also a good source of fat, contain protein, minerals, and vitamin B. As a result, they can help improve cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels, and boost immunity.
Dried Mango or Dried Fruit of Choice – If made without added sugars, dried mango-like Mariani’s Simply Dried version, is a great source of nutrients. For instance, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, copper, and folate. It’s also packed with polyphenols that help boost immunity, improve hair, skin, and nails, reduce the risk of cancer, and more!
Protein Powder – Depending on the type of protein used, each powder has different nutritional benefits. However, including an adequate amount of protein in your diet can help build and maintain muscles, strengthen bones, regulate hormones, and more.
Honey or Maple Syrup- A better unrefined sugar alternative, both honey and maple syrup are rich in minerals and antioxidants that can boost immunity.
Ingredient Alternatives and Add-Ins
The great thing about this recipe is that it can easily be adapted to fit everyone’s taste buds and dietary needs! For instance, if followed exactly, the recipe creates perfect paleo bars. However, if you’re looking for a vegan protein bars recipe, feel free to swap out the honey for maple syrup, and use a plant-based protein powder. You can also swap out the almonds for any other nut you prefer. Or, get creative with fun add-ins like seeds, chopped nuts, cacao nibs, and more!
How to Make Almond Protein Bars (with Video)
The key to making these bars is to make sure all of the ingredients are well-combined. Luckily, doing so is super simple when you follow the steps below!
Blend. To start, add the whole almonds and coconut to a high-powered blender or food processor, and grind until an almond meal-like texture is formed.
Grind. Remove the almond and coconut mixture, and grind the mango into pieces.
Note: Mangos are sometimes hard to process. If you don’t have a high-powered blender use a knife to cut them into pieces instead.
Mix. Combine the ground almonds and coconut, mango, protein powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl mixing the ingredients well. Then, in a separate bowl, combine the honey, hot water, and vanilla extract, stirring well.
Form the bars. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix it all with your hands until the ingredients are evenly distributed, and press the mixture into a lined baking dish. To finish, place the dish in the fridge for at least 1 hour, and slice your bars!
Pro-Tip: If the batter is too thick, add more hot water or honey. Or, if it is too wet, add more protein powder or flour of choice. You want the bars to be sticky enough to stick together but not so sticky that they don’t set.
How to Store No Bake Protein Bars
Once formed, these bars can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. Or, place them in the freezer for 2-3 months.
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This recipe comes together in no time and is perfect to pack in lunchboxes, stuff in backpacks, or carry in your purse for a little extra fuel! When do you find yourself needing snacks? Let me know in the comments below!