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Coconut Protein Bar Recipe

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This coconut protein bar recipe is so delicious, and it’s very easy to make. You just need 4 basic ingredients to put together this higher protein snack.

This coconut protein bar recipe is so delicious, and it’s very easy to make. You just need 4 basic ingredients to put together this higher protein snack.

Happy National Nut Day!

You didn’t know that was a thing, did you?

I didn’t either, until I saw this month’s Recipe Redux theme. October 22 is apparently the day we’re called to celebrate all things nutty. So this month’s Recipe Redux is full of healthy nut recipes from the Redux bloggers.

My family always has multiple types of nuts on hand in our pantry. Nuts are a quick, easy snack full of protein, fiber, nutrients, and healthy fat. I love to put together homemade protein bars that include nuts, and this coconut protein bar recipe is about as simple as they get. It’s similar in flavor and texture to a Larabar, but the homemade version costs a lot less than the packaged kind.

With just 4 ingredients and a food processor, you can make these bars in less than 5 minutes. They can be eaten right away, but I usually refrigerate them for a bit to let them set before I cut them.

These bars taste like candy, but they’re actually healthy. Walnuts, shredded coconut, and dates are all full of fiber and nutrients that your body needs. If you want to minimize the amount of sugar you’re eating, you can use fewer dates and more water to help these bars come together.

And try these healthy oatmeal bars for another easy homemade snack.

Coconut Protein Bar Recipe

This coconut protein bar recipe is so delicious, and it’s very easy to make. ($.77 per serving)
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4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup Medjool dates pits removed
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbs water

Instructions

  • Place the coconut, dates, and walnuts in a food processor. Process the ingredients until they’re finely chopped.
  • The mixture will be crumbly if you leave it like this, so add about a tablespoon of water a little bit at a time. Process after each addition of water. Once the mixture starts to clump into a ball as it’s spinning around in the food processor, it’s done. If you add too much water, you can put in a little more coconut and/or walnuts to dry it out.
  • Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan lined with wax paper. Press down to make an even layer, then cover the pan and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Cut the bars into 6 1 1/2-inch wide strips or 12 smaller rectangles. Place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal
Servings: 6
Calories: 244kcal

Coconut Protein Bar Recipe Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $4.60 to make, or $.77 per full-sized bar. Try my coconut protein bar recipe for a quick, healthy snack that tastes delicious.

22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made these twice and really enyoyed them. So did my adult son.
    Delicious. They second time I substituted some craisins for some of the dates. Loved it.

  2. Can these be put in the freezer to eat at a later time? Would they still taste good after being thawed out? Also, how long would they be good when put in either the freezer or refrigerator?

    1. Yes, they can be frozen. I’m not sure about freezer shelf life, but I think they’d be fine for at least 3 months. I like to eat them within 4 or 5 days when refrigerated.

  3. I was wondering, do these hold their shape well if kept out of the fridge for say 20min? I like to take snacks with me on the go and I was just wondering if these get sticky or anything not refrigerated. Thank you!

  4. Walnuts are a great source of protein among loads of other healthy goodies. This recipe was great. It was also easy to manipulate in extra things I want from a bar. I added 2 scoops of vega Sport Performance Protein Powder & used almond milk not water to moisten to the consistency needed. Then instead of doing the loaf pan I used my middle sized dough scooper and made 18 protein balls. They are great!

  5. I put these ingredients in myfitnesspal and it says it is only 5g of protein…not a “protein” bar if you ask me. Please let me know if I am missing something ?

    1. Amy, I don’t do nutritional breakdowns, but walnuts are a good source of protein. Many “protein bars” on the market have added powders and chemicals to increase their amount of protein. I only use real food ingredients in my recipes.

    1. I don’t do nutritional breakdowns, Barbara, but I believe there are tools online where you can get that information.

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