Paleo protein bars, made with mango, coconut, and almonds! These no bake 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.
We all have a few things that just work well for us. Whether that be in our training, 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 5 months, we’ve been trying to figure out what’s working. I think I mentioned in beginning of this post that our life looks a little different these days. And that’s okay! Transitions happen. They keep us on our toes and working through rough spots. That being said, working more (job wise) and working out less can be one of the hardest transitions when you’re used to being a full time athlete (ahem, my husband, the Kiwi). I think a majority of us have been there. When life gets unintentionally busy or FULL, we do What WE Can (physically) When We Can. A walk, a quick 10 minute Circuit, yoga on our lunch break, taking the stairs, etc. In fact, the other day my husband did 150 body weight squats while getting ready for work. It’s all he had time for between coaching and his other job. The next day he was sore. I find this a wee bit comical coming from a guy who used to train 4-5 hrs a day. But hey, it’s WHAT WORKED and I feel his pain. Haha!
Food is another thing we are trying to figure out. What we need to fuel us, now that there is less intense training but still a lot of activity. If that makes sense. And you know what? It all comes down to balance. Yet again!
So here we are on a Monday talking about balance and bars. Not to be confused with Balance Bars.
Nope, because these balanced protein bars are the real deal. They are what’s working for us. Balanced with flavor, they are easy to digest, they are made with natural sugars, healthy fats, and a complete 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?
The best sources of complete protein comes from animal meats, dairy, and egg whites. And for vegans, complete proteins can be found in quinoa, tempeh, chia, and a few other seeds/legumes.
Have I bored you yet? Okay, my point here. The reason why you need to make these bars is because they will sustain you for whatever you day may entail. They are a COMPLETE balance of nutrition, nutrition you NEED. They great for travel, for a pre or post workout snack, for breakfast on the go, for just 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.
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. No baking required. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a blender/food processor.
And just so you know, I made these paleo protein bars 3 times, baking until I found the best recipe that WORKS.
Did I emphasize that enough already? The, um… what’s working part? Ha, I’m kidding. Sort of.
Paleo Mango Coconut Almond Protein Bars
- 3 cups raw almonds
- 1/4 cup dried Mango or about 4-5 pieces(unsweetened if possible)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup egg white powder or protein (see notes below for other options)
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- hot water (purified)
- First grind up your dried mango. they are usually tough so if you don't have a high powered blender or food processor, try to cut with a knife first, then grind them.
- Next add in the rest of your dry ingredients and grind again.
- Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
- In a separate small mixing bowl. combine your honey, 1/3 cup of hot water, and vanilla. Stir all together and add to your dry ingredients..Be sure to add in your cinnamon and sea salt here too.
- Mix well with hands then press into a baking dish. Let bars cool in fridge then cut into squares.
- If they batter gets to thick, just add more hot water or even a little honey. If it's too wet, add more powder or a flour of choice (such as coconut or peanut flour)
- Keep refrigerated.
- Makes anywhere between 9-12 bars. You choose size!
If you can't find egg white powder (which is usually in baking section), you can use chia flour, 100% whey protein isolate, Pea Protein, or Brown Rice Protein. But the texture and taste will be a little different, so adjust honey/water accordingly. br]
if you can't find egg white powder or egg white protein, you can use meringue powder but it will have more sugar. Just FYI
Serving size: 1 Calories: 285 Fat: 18 Saturated fat: 2 Unsaturated fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 19 Sugar: 10 Fiber: 5 Protein: 11.6
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