Coconut Oat Bars
Coconut-Oat Protein Bars
Ingredients (makes 24)
· 400 g rolled oats
· 350 g almond butter
· 350 g date paste
· 50 g toasted coconut flake
· 1 g ground cinnamon
· 15 g chia seeds
· 15 g hemp seeds
· 250 g maple syrup
· 70 g Strawberry or vanilla protein(I prefer 1st Phorm Level-1)
· Pinch of sea salt
With the long hours in the kitchen and gym I am always looking for a quick snack that I can feel good about. These bars are super simple to make and pack a punch of nutrition along with sustained energy. Recently, I have been doing flexible dieting, which is essentially where you track the amount of calories along with the amount of macronutrients you take in. I think it forces you to choose wisely when you are making meal choices. I could definitely eat a doughnut but that would take up quite a bit of calories and leaving me feeling hungry or I could eat a large salad with tons of vegetables, a bit of olive oil and only use about 2/3 of the amount of calories compared to the doughnut. The Macros for each individual bar are 7.5 grams fat, 38.6 grams carbs, 6.8 grams protein. Total of 245 calories
Chef’s Tip: Portion individually and freeze, pull out of the freezer and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or microwave for 20 seconds.
Take oats and place in a food processor. Pulse until the oats resemble flour
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine until evenly distributed
Chef’s tip: Wear gloves for this step, so you can use your hands and really get in there.
Once combined evenly, put into a greased casserole pan and press to form an even layer. Place in fridge until set, about an hour, or overnight.
Remove from pan and cut into 24 pieces. Package individually and place in fridge for up to 1 month.
Until next time,
Chef Josh Charles