Chewy naturally sweet coconut loaded protein bars. The best protein bars I’ve EVER made!
I had thought they would need to be frozen for a heck of a lot longer before being coated in chocolate but they held up perfectly after just 15 minutes in there! I was deeeee…lighted!
Now more often than not my homemade protein bar is my bed time snack with a side of oats or a tub of Coyo depending on whether it’s high fat or high carb day! But no sooner had I taken snaps than I had an entire one demolished. After the “taste test” I just had to finish it off. DIVINE!!!
Inspired of course by not just the classic Bounty but my favourite of the Dr Coys chocolate bars, COCONUT!!!! I used some melted coconut bars to cover the filling and it complimented it beautifully giving it even more a strong coconut flavour. There is no getting away from the coconut in the final product.
I used Pulsin’s Whey Concentrate in the filling and opted to see how they were without any additional sugar or sweetener (stevia) added. Simply the whey concentrate (unflavoured and unsweetened, all natural) with unsweetened desiccated coconut and water. It was incredible and definitely doesn’t need anything more. Should you REALLY need a little something you could add some powdered Dr Coys Stevia Erylite…
The simplicity, the texture and the taste…10 out of 10 on every level. I almost held these back until the New Year thinking people would be more in the mood for a healthier treat after the Christmas indulgence but why on earth would you not just make them right now! A healthy yet indulgent treat with great macros, wholesome ingredients, and something you can have every day of the week without feeling like you’ve gone off the rails; and you certainly won’t feel like you’re missing out. I like to have food that tastes amazing all the time, as low sugar as possible, with simple ingredients. When you abstain from all “treats” you are way more likely to overdo it when you do eventually cave. The word balance is a funny one. I’m generally not a fan of the way it’s thrown about.
Balance for me is about eating food that makes me feel happy, healthy and energised, both physically and mentally. It’s not about having a doughnut for the sake of having one, just because I can, or eating a whole box of them because I haven’t had a treat in months. I’ve been there, done that, and it led me down a disastrous path of binge eating and bulimia, until I came full circle and starved my body of the nutrients it needed.
Rant over…make these protein bars regardless, they’re awesome!
What’s your favourite healthy everyday treat?
Protein Coconut Bounty Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: dessert snack gluten-free grain free low-carb nut-free sugar-free coconut whey protein
Ingredients (Three Bars!)
- 4.5 tbsp (45g) Pulsin Whey Protein Concentrate; this is unflavoured, unsweetened protein…the purest of pure!
- 3/4 cup (60g) unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 45ml – 60ml (3 tbsp – 1/4 cup) water
- Pinch of vanilla powder or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (completely optional)
- 1.5 bars Dr Coys Coconut Chocolate bars; approx. 45-50g (1.5 – 1.8oz)
Mix together coconut, whey protein and vanilla if using.
Add 45ml of water, mix to combine; add a little more water to achieve a slightly sticky dough consistency. You should be able to mould it with your hands though you will need to dampen them to prevent them getting too sticky!
Mould the mixture into three bars/blocks. Place onto a parchment paper lined plate or tray and put into the freezer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, finely chop the chocolate, place into a microwave safe bowl or jug and heat on high for 2 – 2.5 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.
Remove the bars from the freezer. One at a time dunk in the chocolate, lifting up and shaking off the excess using a large fork.
Gently place back onto the baking paper lined plate or tray. Repeat with remaining two bars.
Drizzle bars with any remaining chocolate. Allow to set at room temperature for 10 minutes or place in to the fridge; depending on the climate!
Store in the fridge in a seal tight container for up to one week or the freezer for up to one month.