Coconut Almond Protein Bars (Paleo Option)

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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!  

stack of three homemade paleo protein bars

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!

Overhead shot of paleo protein bars wrapped and tied with string on a plate being held by two hands

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.

no bake paleo protein bar mixture in an 8 x 8-inch baking pan

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

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. 

overhead shot of mango protein bar ingredients in bowls. Protein, almond, coconut, honey, mango

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! 

Pro Tip

Note: If you want to keep the whole recipe stir-free, you definitely can! Just set your device on a super low setting in order for the ingredients to emulsify properly. 

How to Make Almond Protein Bars (with Video)

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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. 

Pro Tip

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

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.

frosted no bake protein bars on a plate

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stack of three homemade paleo protein bars

Coconut Almond Protein Bars



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    15 minutes

  • Total Time:
    15 minutes

  • Yield:
    8-11 bars

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

These paleo protein bars are made with whole food ingredients and natural sugar for a nourishing snack that is great for travel, breakfast, and more! Paleo and vegan options.


Ingredients

  • 21/2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dried mango (about 45 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)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup hot water (purified)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. First add the almonds and coconut into a high powdered blender or food processor and grind until an almond meal-like texture is formed.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Next grind up the dried mango. They are sometimes tough to process. If a high-powered blender or food processor is not available, use a sharp knife to cut the mango into smaller pieces.  
  4. Remove from food processor and mix the dried mango with the almond coconut mixture. Stir in the protein powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a separate small mixing bowl. Combine honey or maple syrup, hot water, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, then add to dry ingredients.
  6. 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 the fridge for 1 hour or longer, then cut into squares.
  7. Keep refrigerated and consume within 5 to 7 days.

Notes

About the protein powder: Egg white protein works best with this recipe, however, 100% whey protein isolate, Pea Protein, or Brown Rice Protein can be substituted. Depending on what is used, the texture and taste will be a little different, so adjust honey/water accordingly.

  • Category: snack
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: paleo protein bars, energy bars, paleo, healthy snacks, gluten free

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!

Cheers, 

LC

 

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