Mama Jen’s Chocolate Raw Protein Bars

Need a chocolate fix but want to eat something totally healthy and nutrient dense?  Then this is the bar for you and your entire family!  It’s a perfectly balanced bar with percentages of protein to fat to carbs and will leave you satisfied for hours.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  Yes, there are many ingredients and yes, they can be costly.  However, once you have them on hand, you can make several batches of these bars.  You are worth it and so is your family!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of raw coconut oil melted

1 cup of unsweetened organic applesauce

1/2 cup of raw nut or seed butter of your choice – I like to use almond butter

2-3 tablespoons of honey

3 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/2 cup of ground flaxseeds

3 tablespoons of hemp seeds

1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds – Go Raw brand is awesome!

1/2 cup of gluten free oats

1/2 cup of oat flour

1/4 cup of coconut flour – use coconut flour if your batter is too moist.  This ingredient isn’t necessary, but does add extra fiber

1/2 cup of ground almonds

4-5 tablespoons of raw cacoa powder  Optional – you can add a handful of raw cacao nibs too

4-5 tablespoons of raw maca powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

 

Directions:  mix all ingredients in a bowl with a fork.  Batter should be wet looking and able to hold together when you squeeze it in your hand.  If it’s too wet, add a little coconut flour.  If it’s too dry, add more applesauce.  Place in a prepared pyrex dish and press down until the batter is sealed and sticking together consistently.  Refrigerate for 2 hours and it’s ready to eat and enjoy!

Note that these bars don’t hold up well in the heat.  If you take them with you, it’s a good idea to keep them in a cool place or a refrigerated pack.