These chewy chocolate protein bars are easy to make, they keep well in storage, and they were in great condition when my son got them a MONTH after I mailed them — he is in the Navy on board a ship.
This is what he messaged me tonight...got the bars after all and i gotta say totally worth the wait…. Every one else likes them too -.-” they caught me eating one and were like “THAT SMELLS GOOD LEMME BITE IT!!!” so they say they’ll buy them from you… regardless easily the best bar i’ve had
Could a mom be happier? Nope. Could a recipe developer be more proud? Nah, I don’t think so.
So originally Ethan had messaged me and asked if I could come up with a chewy, chocolatey bar that didn’t have processed sugar, and that could stand in for a meal. Sometimes he is too busy, and sometimes he just doesn’t feel like eating. I was relatively sure I could but I was concerned about the freshness factor because it takes a long time for packages to get to him on ship — much longer than to my other son in Okinawa. I figured that the vacuum sealer would help with that.
My kids are all pretty body conscious. Each of my boys works out almost daily in the gym and they have the physiques to prove it. My eldest daughter runs several times a week and my middle daughter plays on her high school softball team. The younger kids aren’t into it so much yet…one works out nightly but I won’t let him lift weights yet because I feel he is too young. He’s just 14.
Saying that — we’re all pretty picky about flavor, too. Protein bars can be awful — and most of them are. Homemade protein bars are sometimes better but not always. Finding a chewy protein bar is nigh on to impossible.
This one? It tastes like a tootsie roll with nuts. It gets its chewiness from the dried fruit that is in it. The sweetness comes from a combination of the fruit, honey, and erythritol ( a sugar alcohol that does not affect blood sugar). I’ve tried to keep these to a minimum but understand … this in NOT a low-carb bar in any sense of the word. It’s a protein bar that can be used in place of a meal or to get a little extra protein after a workout. It’s not one I can have on my low-carb eating plan.
I vacuum sealed them individually, not allowing the sealer to make it too tight because it smashed the bar. I waited until it looked like it was firm around the bar but not putting pressure on it, if that makes sense. Ethan said that they stuck to the plastic a little, even though I dusted it with flax meal. Next time I will spray waxed paper and wrap them in it before sealing. Still… traveling for a month and getting there in one piece and still good?
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I didn’t think I needed a vacuum sealer but I’ll tell you, after my husband got me one I fell in love with it and use it all the time. I like it so much I got one of my sons one when he was single and making meals for the week on his days off.
Ethan's Chewy Chocolate Protein Bars
- 1 cup Mixed nuts
- 8 scoops Carnivore Mass Chocolate Fudge whey protein powder (370 grams)
- 1 1/2 cup dates , chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup Erythritol
- 1/3 cup golden flaxseed meal
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup egg whites
- Pulse all ingredients except the egg whites in a large food processor.
- Mix in the egg whites.
- Press the dough firmly into a greased 13x9 - inch pan.
- Bake at 325F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are firm.
- Let cool completely.
- Remove from the pan.
- Store in food grade container in the refrigerator with sheets of waxed paper sprayed with nonstick spray in between the layers.
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