Let’s be honest about something. Most store bought protein bars are glorified candy bars disguised as health food. They are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, highly processed, and some even contain unhealthy trans fats! Eating most protein bars is the equivalent to reaching for a snickers – and does that sound like a good weight loss or body building strategy? I think we can all agree – absolutely not.
With this knowledge, could there possibly be a way to enjoy a protein bar while not sacrificing taste or sabotaging our health goals? I am here to tell you, YES. The best way to achieve this is to make your own at home. This way, you can select the best ingredients, you will know exactly what you are consuming, they will be fresh, and will not contain any preservatives (anything on a store shelf contains some level of preservative ingredients). But, of course, always enjoy in moderation to reap the most health benefits.
I never want my family to feel deprived, but I also put our health at the top of my priorities. Finding ways to enjoy all food groups with my children will hopefully result in a healthy relationship with food and an understanding of what it means to care for ourselves from the inside out. I want to instill healthy ways of cooking, baking, and daily living in my children while they are young, because these early developmental years are crucial for establishing their habits and preferences as they grow into adulthood.
This recipe was inspired by my family’s love for sweet treats, my desire for convenience, and my constant quest for healthy alternatives. It has minimal ingredients and is super easy to make. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
To start, make the bottom layer.
Peanut butter Dough
1 16 oz jar organic peanut butter (or any other nut/seed butter of choice)
¾ cup coconut flour
¼ cup raw stevia or 3 tsp stevia extract (I used powdered extract)
- Blend ingredients in a high speed blender
- Spread into a baking dish. (I used an 8×6.)
- Put in freezer to set while you make the chocolate.
1 cup cacao butter
1 cup cacao powder
¼ cup raw stevia or 3 tsp stevia extract
1 tsp vanilla
(Note: this makes a bitter dark chocolate. Add more/less sweetener to your taste preference)
- In a double boiler, melt cacao butter.
- Add cacao powder and stevia. Mix well. Add vanilla.
- Remove pan from freezer, and gently pour chocolate over peanut butter evenly.
- Top with any extras you’d like – coconut, walnuts, fruit, cinnamon, etc.
- Place back in freezer until chocolate hardens.
- Cut into portion sized pieces and enjoy!
(I often enjoy mine broken up into pieces over a morning smoothie bowl. How will you enjoy yours?!)
Always remember, you have the power to take control of your health. Think of how your food is serving you. Thank you reading.