Have you really looked at the ingredients in your protein bars? Chances are, you’ll find just as many sources of sugar as you do protein. Plus, many manufacturers fill their protein bars with corn, low-quality soy protein, gums, and artificial flavors. Our Banana Coconut Energy Bars include clean ingredients, so they taste far better than any you can find on a shelf! Thanks to nuts, protein powder, and peanut butter, they have a high protein content. And since it’s a SkinnyMs. recipe, it uses banana, honey, dried fruits, and dark chocolate to sweeten. Unlike storebought bars, these are fresh, so you’ll love the flavor and texture of these protein bars!
This recipe fills a 9×13 pan, so they’re cost effective and totally worth the effort! Make up a batch on the weekend, portion individually, and enjoy one for a pick-me-up snack throughout the week.
Yields: 24 servings | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories: 229 | Total Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Protein: 4g | SmartPoints: 11
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted but not hot
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped dried fruit, (apricots, dates, cranberries, etc.)
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon water
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted
- 2 tablespoons almonds, chopped
Spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
In a food processor, finely grind the nuts. A few large pieces are ok, but be careful not to over process the nuts. Add the coconut oi, honey, and dried fruit. Pulse in the processor until just combined. Transfer mix into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread banana coconut mixture over the crust. Make sure the filling is as smooth as possible. Place in refrigerator while the topping is being prepared.
Melt the chocolate, stirring often. Once melted, whisk in the coconut oil. Remove crust and filling layers from the refrigerator and pour chocolate over the top of the filling, spreading evenly over the top. Sprinkle coconut and almonds over the top. Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
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