I love a good protein bar, but here is my issue: High-protein bars can come with huge price tags, at times as high as $4 per bar. And, unbelievable is the ingredient list on many of the bars: hydrolyzed gelatin, glycerin, soy protein isolate, high fructose corn syrup, fractionated palm kernel oil, and artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives. Gross! Your body is a temple, and you shouldn't add that crap to your body.
These Raw Cashew Protein Bars are a take on Kure Juice's Kure Bars that you can make for yourself right at home. They are loaded with so many good-for-you ingredients and taste absolutely amazing!
What You'll Need
1 cup flax meal
1 cup oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup cashew butter, unsweetened (I used Whole Foods 365 brand)
1/4 cup coconut shavings, unsweetened
4 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides
1/8 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup grade a maple syrup*
1 tbsp organic ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp maca (I used this brand)
3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
*You can also use 6 soaked and pitted Medjool dates in place of the maple syrup
What You'll Need To Know
Add all dry ingredients to a food processor and process for 2 minutes.
Add in wet ingredients (maple syrup, almond milk, cashew butter) and process for 2 more minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and flatten out the mix. I used a cake pan
2'' H x 13'' W x 9'' D
Refrigerate for 1-1.5 hours and let it set before cutting into squares.
Store in an air tight container and refrigerate. These hold up for about a week in the refrigerator and about a month in the freezer (thaw out for a few minutes before eating!)
Makes 24 servings!