Updated: May 2, 2019
I've been DYING to make homemade protein bars for so long, I can't even tell you. I'm very much a protein bar type of gal, although I try not to be as I know it's way better to just get protein straight from the source instead of mixed in with a bunch of other stuff. Protein bars are just so easy, quick, and sometimes you can get a good one with bonus ingredients like spirulina or wheat grass powder.
I saw a friend of mine make decadent, rich looking brownies with tahini and that's when I knew it was time to make my homemade protein bars. What a genius combo. I also bought hemp protein a few months back in anticipation of making my own protein bars, but couldn't decide on a good flavor. From my experience, chocolate and nutty flavors typically go well with earthy "hemp" flavors so I knew this would be a hit.
These protein bars are SO good. This will definitely be my go-to protein bar recipe until I just can't stand the flavor anymore, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. The best part is that you can't really overeat these protein bars like you would with brownies or cookies. I finish one bar (OK maybe one plus 3) and I stop myself because I don't want to overdo it with the protein (my gut turns into a full rager, and it's not a fun rager).
Another major perk is that these bars are low in sugar while high in protein, healthy fats and whole grains. There's only 6 dates in the entire batch! Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. And you don't feel like absolute trash for eating a quick protein bar for breakfast because you're really getting the whole nine yards.
No-Bake Chocolate Tahini Protein Bars (makes 10-12 bars)
2/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup cacao powder
6 medjool dates
4 tbsp maple flavored monk fruit extract (I used Lakanto's, but pure maple syrup or raw honey will also do the trick. You can use ISATALES15 for 15% off Lakanto monk fruit products)
6 tbsp hemp protein
1/2 cup steel cut Irish oats (or regular oats will do)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
small handful of goji berries (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the ingredients seem fully combined. You may have to scrape down the sides or do some mixing with a wooden spoon (just make sure the blender is off!!)
2. Place the mixture into a 9x9 pan and pat down firmly so that everything sticks together.
3. Refrigerate for at least one hour, then serve.
These bad boys will last in your fridge for a week, if you don't manage to eat them all before hand :) Let me know if you make them - I love to see your pics on Insta.