Here is the recipe for our favorite Grain Free “balanced” bars. Perfect to take on the road or just to eat anytime, anywhere!
Grain-Free Coconut Nuttzo Bars
- 1/2 cup PB flour (you can also use 1/4 cup more almond meal and 2 tbsp more protein powder if you don’t have PB Flour)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/3 cup almond meal
2 leveled, unpacked scoops Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Pea Protein
2 tbsp NUTTZO (or your choice chunky nut butter)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- pinch or two of sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder (really not needed)
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract
- 1 tbsp local honey or maple syrup
- OPTIONAL Add-ins:(1/3 cup raisins/fruit, cinnamon, extra honey or stevia if you like them to be sweeter, bacon bits)
Pretty simple, mix all the ingredients together and press into a greased baking dish. I used an 8×8 square pan. If the batter is to dry to mix, add in more milk or an egg to give volume and moisture. Just depends on the type of protein and flours you use. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes but be sure to check it at 15 minutes in case you’ve used different proteins or flours that cook faster. Cool and then slice. Makes around 9-12 bars depending on how big you cut them.
If you are nut free, try using sunflower seed butter instead of nut butter. Then 1 cup coconut flour or oat flour, 1/3 cup ground banana chips, and 1 1/2 cup protein powder for your flour portions.
Why Grain free? Well, grain free so it is easily digested. I find that sitting in a car or airplane can cause stomach discomfort or bloating with certain foods, so making it grain free is safest, ya know? I also added in good fats (coconut and nut butter) and a few natural sugars (the honey). The fat helps with energy and the natural sugars are to help keep his glycogen filled before race day. Yes, my Nutritionist instincts kicking in!
Calories 152, Protein 8 grams, Sugar 3 grams, Carbs 10 grams, Fat 10 grams, Fiber 4.3 grams