DIY Protein Bars (Cheaper, Tastier, Healthier Than Anything Store-Bought)

DIY Protein Bars

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People ask me all the time what protein bars I recommend, or they tell me they’ve been eating a certain protein bar, thinking they are impressing me with their “healthy” eating. I always feel stuck when this happens. If only there was an awesome recipe for DIY Protein Bars …

I have problems with protein bars, a.k.a glorified candy bars:

  • It’s processed, unhealthy junk food
  • Some contain funky chemicals
  • Many contain soy
  • Many contain dairy
  • Many contain peanuts
  • Almost all contain at least 1 or multiple lectins; a type of protein that will suck your energy, make you weak, fat and destroy your gut, which is the root of most disease.¹, ², ³
  • Probably 99% of vegan bars use some combination of pea and soy protein
  • Some are a sugar oasis
  • Most are too expensive

There’s a better way:

I’ve created my own protein bars that you can make in just 10 minutes at home, I skip the added protein though so I just call them Nut Butter Bars. I always go light on protein because I am of the opinion that we’re protein-aholics nowadays, and there is substantial evidence in numerous studies that point to too much protein causing coronary heart disease, cancer, and shortening of the lifespan⁴, but we’ll talk about this in a separate post later on.

I like to make a bunch of different varieties of this bar, but for now I’ll just reveal two of them.

1. Chocolate Banana Almond Butter Bar

  • 1 cup of raw organic almonds
  • Himalayan pink salt, to taste (I do 5 full cracks)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil OR 1 tbsp avocado oil + 2 tbsp Brain Octane Oil
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/2 green (lower sugar content, higher resistant starch) banana
  • Shredded coconut, to taste
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp mold toxin free cacao powder
  • 1/4 soy-free 85% cacao chocolate bar
  • 1/4 cup organic full fat coconut milk
    1-2 tbsp Swerve

Yields 6-9 medium bars

2. Candied Pecan Butter Bar

  • 1 cup of organic pecans
  • Himalayan pink salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil OR 1 tbsp avocado oil + 2 tbsp Brain Octane Oil
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Shredded coconut, to taste
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Swerve
    Yields 6-9 medium bars

*As with many of my recipes, feel free to get creative! Try making different versions of these bars with macadamia nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts. If you must, add a bit of hemp protein to keep these bars vegan, or some collagen protein if veganism is not an issue.

How to make the bars

  • Place the nuts in your food processor
  • Chop for 1 minute
  • Add all other ingredients, Chop until blended (another minute)
  • Place in snack bar mold (I use this one)
  • If the texture is too liquid, then freeze for 2 hours (shouldn’t be an issue)

*Keep bars refrigerated


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To maximizing health,

Jordan Paris, NASM CPT

p.s. these are very similar to Bulletproof bars.

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