If you have been following the recipes on my blog, you will quickly note that I love using hydrolyzed collagen in as many recipes as possible. It’s an amazing pure protein that has benefits for your hair, skin, nails, joints, gut health, and much more. I consume it in some form every day- either in my smoothies, in chocolate (like these), and in protein bars (like these).
This is another protein bar recipe to add to the list. This recipe, like my cookies ‘n cream recipe linked above, is inspired by The Big Man’s World. Arman has an awesome no-bake sunbutter bar on his blog and I fell in love with it as soon as I made it. I decided to play around the basics of his recipe and ended up with this collagen-based protein bar that tastes eerily similar to a slab of chocolate chip cookie dough.
I’m giving you fair warning that this stuff is good. Like really good…. so good that I had to hide them from myself in the back of the fridge because I couldn’t resist having a bite every time I saw the container. If you are anything like me and have a slight love affair with store-bought protein bars, but want to avoid all of the junk that’s in them, then this recipe is for you.
- 1 cup sunbutter (2 cups sunflower seeds if making homemade in a food processor)
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup almond flour/meal
- 1/2-1 cup hydrolyzed collagen (I buy mine here), adjust to suit your protein needs)
- 1/2 cup + 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (use honey for GAPS)
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk of choice
- pinch sea salt
- Mix sunbutter, coconut flour, almond meal/flour, and pinch of sea salt well by hand*
- Mix in desired amount of collagen
- Add in the desired amount of maple syrup or honey (1/2 cup is sufficient sweetness for me, but the extra 1 or 2 tablespoons may be necessary depending on your taste for sweets) and mix well
- Add in milk of choice 1 tablespoon at a time and use your hands to mix until a nice, dense dough is formed
- Mix in the cacao nibs and press into an 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper
- Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set
- Remove and cut into desired shaped bars and store in an air-tight container in the fridge
*you can also use a food processor for faster and easier preparation
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