Recipe: Strawberry Coconut Protein Bar

In case you hadn’t noticed, I spend quite a bit of time perusing Pinterest for recipes to try. I love trying new things, particularly healthy snacks, so when I came across Chocolate Chilli Mango’s Strawberry Ripe Protein Bars Recipe I knew I had to try it! Anything that tastes like chocolate covered strawberries has to be delicious right??? I bookmarked this recipe months ago, but never got around to making them, because I kept trying to find less expensive freeze-dried strawberries. Not exactly an inexpensive item! I finally bit the bullet and grabbed a couple of bags from Trader Joe’s. This is a simple, no-bake recipe that requires remarkably little effort for the result!

Strawberry Coconut Protein Bars

  • 2 bags Trader Joe’s Freeze Dried Strawberries (64 grams)
  • 2 scoops whey protein powder (I used Isopure Zero Carb Creamy Vanilla – 62 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (I used Bob’s Red Mill – 60 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used a jar I had in my cabinet containing vodka and vanilla beans that’d been sitting there for a couple years)
  • 2 ounces unsweetened almond milk (I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened)
  • 5 servings dark chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% Chocolate Chips – 75 grams)

IMG_20150624_060521191_HDRIn a food processor, pulse the strawberries (watch that you don’t forget to remove the silica packs, that would be bad), coconut flakes and protein powder until almost a powder but still sort of chunky. Add in the vanilla extract and almond milk and pulse until it becomes sticky and pulls together.

Press the mixture into a pan lined with wax paper. As you can see I tried to put it in a much too large pan, so I moved it to a smaller glass dish that was about 5 inches by 8 inches. Press it in tight, wrap the wax paper around it and pop it into the fridge to firm up.

After an hour, remove the protein mixture from the fridge and cut into 8 bars. Melt the chocolate chips. I used the microwave in 30-second increments. I snipped a tiny corner off of a quart-sized storage bag and poured the chocolate inside. I then used the bag to drizzle the chocolate over the bars. I stuck them back into the fridge for 30 minutes to harden the chocolate before I stored them back in the fridge (but not before chowing down on one, of course).

The Verdict

IMG_20150624_085756908These taste JUST like strawberry cheesecake covered in dark chocolate! Yum! And they’re pretty good on the nutrition, too:

  • Calories: 168.7
  • Total Fat: 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.6 mg
  • Sodium: 47.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 15.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 7.8 g

I would definitely make these again!

Have you ever made protein bars at home? How did they turn out?

2 thoughts on “Recipe: Strawberry Coconut Protein Bar”

  1. They look absolutely scrumptious!!! And decadent!! Wow!! I’ve never tried to make my own protein bars, but I’ve been holding on to a recipe for some for a while now. Need to give it a try!!

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