It’s a constant search for healthy, and actually tasty, snacks that will pass through the TSA security at airports when I’m traveling. Can’t be too messy, gooey, melty, heavy…. or plain inconvenient to carry. My bf was headed on a long roadtrip this week so I wanted to pack some healthy snacks for his journey as well, so I took this opportunity to try out Kathryn Budig’s protein bars from her new Aim True book. Only some minor recipe changes – extra coconut, oats, vanilla, sunflower seeds, and drizzled dark chocolate…because, well, everything’s better with drizzled dark chocolate! Delicious, and definitely travel approved. Try it out:
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 1 medjool date (pitted)
- 1⁄2 cup flour (I like to use coconut or bread flour)
- 1⁄2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1⁄4 cup chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1⁄4 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 block chocolate (the dark, healthy kind, of course!) or 1/4 cup chocolate chips (for melting)
Preheat the oven to 375°F and place a silicone liner or parchment paper on a baking sheet. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and medjool date. Slowly whisk in the flour, protein powder, flaxseeds, salt, and cinnamon. Fold in the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, chia seeds, oats, and almonds.
Grab about a golf-ball-size piece of dough and roll it into a narrow log shape about 3 inches long. Pat the log into a rectangular shape. If you are doing this, be sure to space them out well on the baking sheet as the bars will expand while baking. OR put the entire thing onto the baking sheet in one large rectangle, and cut them into bars when finished.
Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Wait! You’re not done yet! Melt some chocolate in the microwave (follow directions on your chocolate block) or stove top, and then drizzle over the bars. Let cool for 5 minutes…and enjoy!