Even if you don't exercise, I don't know a single person that couldn't use more energy in their day-to-day activities. Instead of drinking one of those heavily caffeinated energy drinks, these bars are a much healthier way to get a boost during the day. And if you do work out? You can eat one either before or after your workout.
Chocolate Protein Energy Bars
Slightly adapted from here
Makes 10-12 bars
1 Cup Oats
½ Cup protein powder
¼ Cup cocoa powder
½ Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
pinch of salt
2/3 Cup dates, pitted
1/3 Cup walnuts or pecans
6 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1. In a food processor, grind up the oats until they are as fine as flour. Add the protein and cocoa powders, walnuts, coconut and salt- combine well.
2. Add the dates, honey and vanilla. Mix until all the ingredients are combined, scraping down the sides as needed. The mixture should be tacky, but not too sticky. If it’s too dry and won’t come together, add 1 tsp. of water at a time.
3. Scrape the mixture into a lightly greased 8x8” pan. Lightly grease the back of a flat spatula and press the mixture into the pan, trying to achieve an even thickness.
4. Place bars in the refrigerator and allow to harden before cutting into equal pieces. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or wrap individually and store in the freezer for up to a month.