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Homemade Chocolate-Chip Protein Bars

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Since we’re all living our lives on-the-go these days, we love the convenience of a protein bar.  We all want access to quick, nutritious energy in our purses, gym bags, pantries, or desk drawers.  But have you ever read some of the labels? Lists of preservatives, artifical sweeteners, low-quality whey protein, refined sugar, and factory-farmed dairy galore!  There are a few healthy, organic versions in your local health food store, but at nearly $4 per bar, I thought there had to be a better option.  And the solution is in this recipe!

Now I can have a dozen fresh, whole-food, refined sugar-free, organic protein bars at a fraction of the cost. With omega and protein-rich nuts and seeds, easily digestible and energy boosting coconut, and the sweet richness of non-dairy dark chocolate, you are sure to be satisfied and nourished throughout the day.  They are hassle-free to make, easy to pack, and impossible to resist! Your only challenge will be to have just one 🙂

Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups raw, sprouted cashews

¼ cup organic hemp seeds

10-12 organic Medjool dates, pitted

4 T organic shredded coconut

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

¼ cup non-dairy/vegan dark chocolate chips

sea salt

Directions:

Put cashews into food processor with pinch of salt and process until crumbled. Add the dates and process until well combined. Add coconut, vanilla, chocolate chips and hemp seeds and pulse until combined into sticky dough.

Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper, hanging over the edges. Place mixture into pan and flatten with your hand or a spatula.

Freeze for 20-30 minutes. Remove from freezer and pull out of pan by lifting the parchment paper. Cut into 12 bars.

Store in an air tight container in the fridge.  For easy travelling, I suggest tightly wrapping individual bars.

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