Paleo Cashew Coconut & Orange Protein Bars

Paleo protein bars…lightly chewy, fudge like, low carb, whey free; a satisfying bite that you can throw together in a matter of minutes. A protein bar with super food ingredients I know and love.

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You may or may not have seen my chocolate orange protein smoothie I posted over the weekend; having received a tub of paleo protein from Discount Supplements I felt it was my duty to give it a whirl in something other than straight up water! Needless to say I’m officially hooked. A week in and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in terms of muscle recovery. The protein powder is truly one of the best I’ve tried in terms of it’s blendability!

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So creamy and smooth; I’ve been simply blending half a banana, unsweetened almond milk and a scoop of protein together post workout, sometimes with a couple of ice cubes. An instant healthy milkshake, curbing my post workout “sugar/carby” craving while at the same time ensuring my body gets the protein it needs.

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Having recently tried R Bars and also my first ever Quest bar (I went for cashew and coconut, one of the sucralose free ones!), protein in hand I was on a mission to create my own protein bars… similar ingredients, inspired by both in terms of their flavours and texture. The R Bars a are a little softer and more fudge like; I found they had a slightly powdery taste but most definitely palatable! The Quest on the other hand is a heck of a lot chewier, a much firmer bar. I was aiming for something somewhere in the middle…

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Two batches later and I’m a happy camper with a box full of rapidly dwindling homemade protein bars!

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I had made protein bars with hemp protein but they were a little carb heavy. Perfect as a post workout snack; these little gems have been my pre workout snack before hitting the gym in the morning or evening. They do need to be stored in the fridge but hold up pretty well for short periods of time outside of it. I took second half of one to the gym with me in the morning to nibble on between spin class and weight training and it had softened up a bit…a little more fudgy but perfectly edible!

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The raw cacao and toasted nut topping provides the the perfect hit of texture making them a little more indulgent as well a hell of a lot prettier.

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Between smoothies/shakes and protein bars I’m almost at the end of the tub already!!! I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up another before the month is out.

What’s your favourite protein bar? Shop bought or homemade? Favourite flavour?

Paleo Orange Cashew Coconut Protein Bars

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 20 minutes + 3 hours to set

Keywords: raw snack paleo low-carb sugar-free low-sodium grain free gluten-free cashew butter cacao butter coconut flour protein powder

Ingredients (12 medium sized bars (approx.)

Topping

  • 2 tbsp dry toasted cashews roughly chopped
  • 1/6 cup (40g) cacao paste melted
  • 1 tsp coconut oil melted

Instructions

Mix together melted cacao butter, coconut oil, cashew butter, vanilla and orange extract and milk.

Sieve coconut flour in to a bowl with the protein powder, almond flour and powdered stevia add your pinch of salt.

Add wet to dry and stir well to combine. Do this quite quickly as the mixture will start to firm up as the coconut flour absorbs the liquid. Pour in an 8 * 8 or 9 * 5 parchment paper lined baking tray.

Spread quickly with the back of a spoon and place in the fridge to firm up for a couple of hours or overnight. Slice in to 10 -12 bars depending on your preference.

Melt cacao paste and coconut oil (I do so in the microwave, 30 second intervals!). Drizzle a teaspoonful of the cacao paste mix over each of the bars sprinkling with the toasted cashew nut pieces as you go. Drizzle with any remaining cacao paste and place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Store bars in the fridge for up to two weeks or freezer for up to one month. Bars will soften if left out of the fridge for more than half an hour; climate dependent!

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