These Almond Coconut Protein Bars with Hemp Seeds are just asking to fuel your busiest, active days! They’re perfect as a pre-workout snack, great for powering a long run or hike or even as a quick breakfast on-the-go. Plus they’re so delicious, you’ll be looking forward to enjoying one, every single time! They make a great alternative to store-bought protein bars, so skip the hefty price tag and scary list of questionable ingredients and give these homemade coconut protein bars a try!
For a healthy, pre-workout snack, try eating 1/2 to 1 of these bars about 30 minutes to an hour before your workout. The dates, hemp seeds and coconut make them great pre-workout thanks to healthy fats and carbohydrates. They would also be suitable to enjoy after your workout thanks to the added protein powder. Aside from the Vega protein, the hemp seeds and almonds also provide a nice boost of of protein.
These are super easy to make. Just mix it all up, press into a lined pan, set, cut and enjoy!
I think I take for granted understanding how easy plant-based eating is. I forget that for those not familiar eating vegan diet, it can all seem very overwhelming. BUT, trust me, it’s so much easier than you think! People have asked me “but, what do you eat??” or made comments like “but, isn’t it so hard and expensive?” The thing is, that couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Without meat, dairy and eggs to buy, vegan grocery shopping is very inexpensive and with a little prep and planning, it’s easy as can be, and most importantly, there is TONNNNNSSS to eat!
Don’t think of vegan food as “vegan food,” it’s just food! And with the vast amount of resources and grocery items available today, it’s never been easier to throughly enjoy and thrive on a plant-based diet.
People have also asked about how it’s possible to workout while eating vegan, and to explain that I don’t need to go much further than shining examples like Brendan Brazier, Robert Cheeke, Jim Morris, Marc Danzig, Rich Roll, Torre Washington, Patrik Baboumian and so many of the other inspiring, plant-based athletes out there.
The point of this little story is, yes, yes it’s more than possible to work hard, improve your fitness, build muscle and fuel it all from sources other than animal products and these no-bake coconut protein bars are a great place to start.
- Place the almonds in a food processor or high-powered blender and mix until broken down.
- Add the dates and hemp seeds and mix until it forms a dough.
- Remove and place in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
- Use clean hands to thoroughly mix it all together very well.
- Press the dough into a wax-paper or saran-lined square baking pan. Spend some time thoroughly pressing it in to the pan to ensure a bar that holds together well.
- Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Lift out of the pan and cut into 12 bars.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container.
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