Easy Energy Protein Bars

barsSometimes it’s nice to grab something quickly to snack on or to have after a workout. Protein bars are one of the better options because of their easy grab and go size. But most store bought variations are loaded with lots of junk we don’t need, mainly excess sugar. Here is my easy to make recipe that is vegan, gluten free and paleo. Have fun making these by changing up the throw ins; use different types of nuts, dried fruits, or add cacao nibs, anything you like!

1/4 cup almonds (any nut or mix of nuts will do)
1 cup fresh or soaked dates
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup of orange juice or juice of lemon
1/2 tsp lemon zest
Sea salt to taste
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or raisins, dried cranberries, etc) to be mixed in at the end.

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor, except the mix ins. Pour mixture (it should be pretty thick and similar to a cookie dough texture) onto a large sheet of waxed paper. I pat mine out until I get the desired thickness and then form into a more square shape.

Using a knife ( you can add oil or a cooking spray to knife to keep it from sticking to the mixture) cut into the desired shaped bars and wrap each one individually in wax paper and place in freezer. These do not get super hard when in the freezer so you can eat them right away or let them come to room temperature and they will be a little more gooey. Another option is to make these more like truffles. Just roll dough into small balls and roll in any “topping” you like such as crushed nuts or toasted coconut. Enjoy!!

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