Protein bars are great convenience for those on the go, but a lot of brands at the store these days are JUNK. Be your own detective and watch for sugar overload in every form... sucrose, brown rice syrup, and high fructose corn syrup to name a few. Yuck! To avoid this all together, consider making your own at home! Keep one of these bars in your bag for a hunger crash emergency or pre/post workout snack.
1 cup medjol dates (about 10-12)
1 cup cashews
3 tbsp 100% whey protein powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Place dates and cashews in a food processor. Process until a crumbly consistency. Add cinnamon, whey protein powder, and vanilla extract and pulse until combine. Line a bread/loaf pan with plastic wrap. Press mixture tightly into pan. Cover and place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until firm for cutting. Cut into 6 bars or 12 for smaller bites.
Nutrition Analysis: 200 Calories, 9g Protein, 28g Carbohydrate, 10g Fat
Tip: Customize your bars! Add chia seeds, puffed quinoa, almond extract, or other spices to switch things up.