Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ALMOND PROTEIN BARS




One of the great things about a blog is that you get to have a "do-over" any time you need one. (When you publish a book, it's not that simple.) If you have seen this recipe before, but have had only limited success with it, try it again, following these directions. We hope this helps. If not, please feel free to post a comment about any problems you might have had, and we will do our very best to help you.

Protein bars are a real staple on both the "Advanced" and the "Core" Maximized Living Nutrition Plan. They make a wonderful lunchbox treat, but you do need to ensure that they stay cold. I take one of those tiny blue ice blocks in my lunch bag. That does the trick.
Enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 cups raw almonds
½ cup flax seed meal
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 scoops of Organic Whey Protein, flavor of your choice
½ cup raw almond butter
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup coconut oil
1/8 t.  of KAL brand or NOW brand powdered stevia, or equivalent, to taste (This is the sweetening power equivalent of approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar). Taste, and adjust to your liking.1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (No sugar – check the label)

3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and sweetened to taste with stevia and cinnamon (optional)


Preparation:
1) Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, Organic Whey Protein, almond butter and salt in a food processor.
2) Pulse briefly, about 10 seconds.
3) In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat.
4) Remove coconut oil from stove; stir stevia and vanilla into oil.
5) Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste.
6) Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. (A parchment paper liner helps when you want to remove the bars from the dish.)
7) Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.
8) In a double boiler, melt chocolate, stirring in stevia and cinnamon.
9) Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens.
10) Remove from refrigerator, cut into 32 bars, and serve.


You can add other ingredients to this recipe, and just process them in. For instance, some people really love to blitz in some melted (unsweetened, of course) chocolate. (If I do this, I add another 1/8 t.  of powdered stevia to sweeten the unsweetened chocolate.) Personally, I prefer the bars "naked," without the chocolate topping. I simply do not complete steps 8 through 10.

8 comments:

  1. I have had these and they tasted like fudge. I have problems with how much roots stevia to put in.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Stevia comes in so many strengths. It is really a matter of tasting and adjusting the amount to suit yourself. I used KAL brand stevia when I wrote this recipe, and 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon was just right for me. I now use NOW brand stevia, more readily available in Canada, and it seems to be just about the same amount. However, I tend to use 1/2 teaspoon because I usually now add 3 squares of unsweetened melted chocolate to the recipe. If I were using the KAL brand, I would use the same amount.
    Best advice? You can always ADD stevia to taste, but once it is mixed in, you can't really take it out if you have too much. Taste as you go.
    Enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I bought my protein powder in bulk. Can you please clarify how much a scoop is? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  4. A scoop of the Nature Pro protein powder that I refer to is approximately 1/8 of a cup or two tablespoons.
    I would just like to add a note of caution about protein powder, which I will quote directly from "Maximized Living Nutrition Plan."

    "Whey from raw mik and grass fed cows is best utilized and least harmful. (Most commercial brands are heated at high temperatures and may contain excitotoxins and/or artificial sweeteners. Avoid commercial soy and whey products -- acceptable plant-based products should either be fermented soy, sprouted rice, or hemp-seed based."

    I hope this helps you.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Can you please provide some nutritional info, such as the number of calories for 2" square, for example?

    ReplyDelete
  6. When I prepare the almond protein bars, I cut them into 16 equal "squares," and then cut each of the 16 in half because, as you suspected, this wonderful treat is calorie dense! Each of the 16 "squares" is approximately 2"x2" - this of course, depends on the pan you are using, but I use a square pan, and this works well for me. I have calculated that each of the 2" squares is approximately 300 calories. So when I cut the 16 into 32, I figure about 150 calories per piece. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.
    Enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. how many gms protein in each?

      Delete