Two main things you guys keep asking me for are:
- Some easy, on-the-go, high protein snacks
- To share the kind of protein powder Ashton and I use
Well today is your lucky day because I’m dishing on our go to protein powder, as well as sharing a healthy protein bar recipe that will solve your on-the-go hanger problems forever!
First of all, I want you guys to appreciate the effort I went in to make these because 4 failed attempts later (and a lot of crumbly, granola bar cereal for Ashton) I FINALLY got them to work.
The three things I was adamant about doing with these bars was:
- use dates as a sweetener
- making them no-bake
- incorporate our favorite protein powder to make them a great, high protein snack
Like any granola bar, I used a base of toasted oats, threw in a bunch of high protein nuts and seeds (almonds, pumpkin and hemp seeds), and stuck it all together with ground up dates, almond butter, a bit of honey and some coconut oil.
Then the powerhouse protein ingredient: BiPro Unflavored Whey Protein Powder.
You guys, this is our go-to protein powder, both when we were athletes and now. There are three main reasons we love it.
- NSF Certified for Sport. This is super important when you’re an elite athlete and getting drug tested. This logo basically tells athletes that the product has been batch tested to ensure that nothing is in it besides what’s listed in ingredients. Sometimes if a company shares production factories with other companies who do use banned substances in their products, there can be cross contamination. As an elite athlete, it’s YOUR responsibility to know every ingredient you’re putting in your body. With NSF certified products, there is a lot number printed right on the product’s packaging, ensuring that it’s been batch tested and safe for sport.
- Unflavored. We’re not big fans of the sugary tasting chocolate and strawberry protein powders and we like to incorporate our protein powder into more than just shakes. You can use this stuff in EVERYTHING from smoothies to lasagna for a 20 gram protein boost without any change in taste!
- Clean Protein. It’s an all-natural whey protein isolate. There aren’t any artificial ingredients, sugars or unnecessary fillers. This protein powder has no calories from fat, carbohydrates or sugars just 20g of protein, some calcium and sodium, and 80 calories per scoop. Just how it should be if what you’re buying is whey protein powder.
These bars contain 15g of protein each, 8.5g of fiber, and 17g of unrefined sugar. So if you’ve never found that perfect protein bar at the grocery store, this is your jam. And BONUS!! BiPro is offering you guys 20% off their protein powders when you use promo code “EATON” at check out. So head to biprousa.com to take advantage.
Hope you enjoy, friends, and don’t forget to rate below and let me know how you liked them!
NUTRITION FACTS: (per 1 bar) Calories: 425 Total Fat: 21.7g Saturated Fat: 3.5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.6g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 250mg Potassium: 262mg Total Carbohydrates: 60g Dietary Fiber: 8.5g Sugars: 17g Protein: 15g
- 15 dates, pitted
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup puffed millet cereal
- ¾ cup sliced almonds
- ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup hemp seeds
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- 1.5 scoops BiPro Unflavored Whey Protein Powder
- ¾ cup almond butter (I used a kind made only from ground almonds)
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
- Step 1 Put the dates in a food processor and process until in small bits and starts to come together into a ball.
- Step 2 Turn the oven on broil. Spread the oats out onto a cookie sheet and toast for 2-3 minutes or until slightly golden and fragrant.
- Step 3 In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the almond butter, honey, dates and coconut oil. Cook until coconut oil melts, almond butter breaks apart and honey incorporates in, making sure to stir often.
- Step 4 Combined all the dry ingredients (from the rolled oats to the BiPro protein powder) in a large bowl and mix well.
- Step 5 Pour the melted almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. I use my hands to incorporate it all together. The mixture should be wanting to stick together when you squeeze it between your hands. If it still seems a bit dry, add more heated almond butter and honey.
- Step 6 Transfer the mixture to a parchment paper lined pan (9 x 9) and really press the mixture into the pan until in a uniform layer.
- Step 7 Transfer the pan to chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Step 8 Cut into bars. You can wrap these in cling wrap to take on-the-go. Store at room temperature for up to a week. Freeze to keep for longer.
Thank you BiProUSA for sponsoring this post. I love working with brands that I use and believe in!