Protein bars are easy to make and are great for on-the-go snacks. Commercial protein bars are often filled with fillers, soy, artificial flavors and sweeteners. Try this take on the protein bar formula from Team Beachbody Newsletter

Recipe: Snack Bar-O-Matic

Want to try your hand at making your own fruit and nut–based snack bar? In just a few minutes, you can create a healthy, customizable snack to help you eat right when you’re on the go. Thanks to a date or prune base, these bars are rich in potassium, an electrolyte that is essential for healthy muscle function (including the most important muscle, the heart!). The nuts and seeds provide protein as well as good-for-you monounsaturated fats and/or omega-3 fatty acids. And the high fiber content will help keep you regular.

Want to really kick up the nutritional wow factor? Add a couple scoops of your favorite Shakeology.

Total Time: 1 hr. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 1 bar each

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted whole dates or prunes for the base

1 cup dried fruit

1 cup nuts and seeds

2 scoops Shakeology (optional)

Optional flair

Preparation:

  1. Combine equal parts dates or prunes, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process for 1 to 2 minutes. Check to make sure all ingredients are breaking down into smaller pieces; scrape sides of bowl as needed. Process 2 to 3 minutes more until ingredients form tiny crumbs that come together into a loose ball.
  3. Turn out the Snack Bar-O-Matic mixture onto a square of cellophane (or an 8″ x 8″ baking dish). Press into a flat disc.
  4. Cover tightly and refrigerate one hour.
  5. Cut into 12 bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Choose one or more from each:

1 CUP BINDING FRUIT (these will give your bars the best texture)
Dates
Prunes

1 CUP DRIED FRUIT
Dried apricots
Dried figs
Raisins
Dried cranberries
Dried blueberries
Dried cherries

1 CUP RAW NUTS OR RAW SEEDS
Flaxseeds
Chia seeds
Pepitas
Sunflower seeds
Almonds
Walnuts
Peanuts
Cashews
Sesame seeds
Coconut

OPTIONAL FLAIR
1/2 tsp. rum extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1–2 oz. dark chocolate chips
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

 

WITH SHAKEOLOGY* (per serving):

Calories Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugar Protein
151 5 g <1 g 0 mg 76 mg 20 g 5 g 12 g 6 g

WITHOUT SHAKEOLOGY* (per serving):

Calories Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugar Protein
124 5 g <1 g 0 mg 51 mg 15 g 3 g 11 g 3 g

Body Beast® and P90X®/P90X2® Portion Information

Body Beast Nutritional Information
With Shakeology:

Fruit Fat
2 1

 

 


Body Beast Nutritional Information
Without Shakeology:

Fruit Fat
1-1/2 1


P90X/P90X2 Nutritional Information (both):

Fruit Fat
1 1/2



Note: Calories are approximate and will vary depending on the ingredients you add. Calories do not include “optional flair.”

 

Inspired by: The Kitchn

Sources:

  1. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Potassium_UCM_306021_Article.jsp
  2. http://www.nuts.com/driedfruit/dates/pitted.html
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