Paleo protein bars are ideal for snacks – you can simply take them with you when you leave home and you don’t have to worry about finding something suitable to eat when you get hungry.
There are tens of protein bars in the supermarket, but many of then contain refined sugar, preservatives and food coloring. So, if you intend to buy protein bars, make sure you read all the ingredients written on the label. Instead of eating protein bars packed with sugar and chemicals, you should make your own. Is quite a simple process and you can make a lot of bars, which you can keep in the fridge or in an airtight container for weeks. This way, you get to choose your favorite nuts, seeds and fruits for your bars. Here are two delicious recipes, easy to made.
Nutty paleo protein bars
Ingredients: two cups (220 gr.) walnuts, two cups (220 gr.) hazelnuts, one-cup (110 gr.) sesame seeds, ½ cup almond butter, one teaspoon of cinnamon, two large eggs, one-cup protein powder, two spoons vanilla extract, one spoon organic honey.
- Put all the nuts on a cooking sheet, inside the warm oven. Let them roast at low heat, for about one half of hour.
- Roast the seeds too, for about ten minutes. Make sure you don’t keep the nuts and the seeds too much in oven – they will turn bitter.
- Put the nuts and the seeds in a food processor and mash them until they start looking like a creamy mixture.
- Melt the almond butter in the microwave and blend it in the nuts and seeds mixture.
- Add the two eggs, the vanilla extract, the honey, the cinnamon and the protein powder. Keep mixing until the composition looks homogenous.
- Put a cooking sheet in an oven pan, grease the cooking sheet with a few drops of vegetable oil and pour the mixture inside the pan.
- Cook it for a half of hour, at low heat. Leave it to cool. Cut it into pieces and pack each piece in wax paper. Keep the bars into an airtight container. You can also freeze these paleo protein bars if you want.
Fruity paleo protein bars
Ingredients: two cups (220 gr) raisins, two cups (220 gr) dried plums, two cups (220 gr) dried apricots, one-cup (110 gr) almonds, one-cup (110 gr) hazelnuts, ½ cup hazelnuts butter, one-cup (110 gr) protein powder.
- Put the almonds and the hazelnuts in a pan and roast them inside the oven for about 30 minutes. The oven shouldn’t be too hot and you need to take them out and shake them every ten minutes, to cook on all sides.
- Put the dried fruits in a food processor and pulse until they start looking as a paste.
- Take the nuts and crush them with the same food processor. Pulse them until they start looking as a creamy, buttery mass.
- Mix the fruits and the nuts together and then add the melted hazelnuts butter and the protein powder. If the composition looks too dry, add another one or two spoons of hazelnuts butter.
- Put the composition in a pan or a rectangular plastic casserole and put it in the fridge. After two hours, take it out, portion it, pack each piece in wax paper and keep it in the fridge. Enjoy these paleo protein bars.