Protein bars are an efficient way to get extra protein during the busy day; however if you are trying to follow a Paleo diet most commercially available protein bars contain items you should not normally consume plus many commercial products are more like candy bars then protein bars. You can google and find Paleo Protein bars but generally at a high cost. However Paleo Protein bars are generally low in sugar and carbohydrates but high in protein which is beneficial to weight loss and muscle gain.
While we can buy the bars it might be better and cheaper to make your on at home. Here is an example of a homemade Paleo Protein Bar.
Homemade Fruit and Nut Paleo Protein Bars
1 cup of mixed nuts and seeds. (linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and slivered almonds for example).
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut.
1/4 cup of crunchy almond or hazelnut butter.
1/4 cup of coconut oil.
1/4 cup of almond meal, (or grind almond in food processor to make the meal)
1 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of raw honey or Logan Honey
1 large egg
3/4 cup of whey protein powder
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup dried berries, pick your favorite
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut to use as a topping.
Place the nuts, seeds and shredded coconut on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven until the coconut looks golden brown staring or shaking a few times during drying. After wards in a food processor grind them until coarse. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut oil and almond or hazelnut butter, and then place in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt. After it has melted, stir the mixture until it is smooth and evenly mixed, add the vanilla extract, honey, sea salt and continue mixing. After that is mixed add the nut and seed ground mixture, protein powder and mix well. Add the egg and mix, then add in your Berries by folding them in and press the final mix into a 8×8 pan.
Bake for 10 minutes, cover with the shredded coconut, broil until the coconut browns, then remove and let cool Cut into 12 or 10 bars depending on the size you like.
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