I like to say, I learn something new everyday. Unfortunately, that “something new” isn’t always something good! Yesterday I decided to try making my own no-bake protein bars at home. I bought organic dates from Whole Foods to serve as the base for the bars. I blended the ingredients, ignoring the loud, gravely sound coming from my blender. It has a tendency to be noisy, so I thought nothing of it.
Since I don’t own a food processor, it took me about 15 minutes to get the mixture to the diced consistency I was looking for. Every few seconds, I had to stop the blender and push the mixture down into the blades again. Finally after this tedious process was complete, I plopped the dough onto a plate and began to shape it. I took a bite to taste test the batter. All of a sudden, I felt myself bite down onto something hard and unforgiving. Slowly I pulled out a long slender pit. All I could think was…. “seriously Savannah?” Obviously dates have pits, but me being me, did not think to remove the pits before blending. So at that point I was staring at a huge, brown, delicious glob, full of little MINES, ready to crack someone’s tooth.
The next 15 minutes were spent dragging a fork through the dough, searching for the 15 pits that lay waiting inside to demolish someone’s molars.
The MOST unfortunate part however, was the fact that this process had me “taste testing” the batter repeatedly… until half of it was gone by the time I extracted the 15th and final pit. Oops! Note to self: do not concoct new yummy recipes on an empty stomach!
Anyways, here is the amazing recipe. Be sure and learn from my mistake and remove the pits first 😉
Clean Eating Cookie Dough Bars
- 15 Organic Dates (10 oz)
- 6-8 TB Sugar Free Vanilla Coconut Milk
- 4 TB Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 Scoop Casein Protein Powder (I used Chocolate)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (Could sub for cacao nibs)
Remove pits from the dates. Blend dates and peanut butter in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Add in protein powder and milk (add a tablespoon at a time so you don’t make the mixture too wet). Add chocolate chips in at the very end, or you can fold in after to avoid chopping them up too finely. On a flat plate or cookie sheet, shape the dough into bar form and stick in the freezer for an hour. Remove after an hour and cut into serving size bars. (This is up to you, the size you choose will determine the macros for each bar). Wrap individually in tin foil or plastic wrap. I stored mine in the freezer as I like them really firm, but they would also store well in the refrigerator!
You can sub the coconut milk for any other milk, juice or water. The peanut butter can be subbed for any other nut butter. The casein is good because it’s very dense, but whey might work as well. Use any flavors you want! The extract can also be subbed for a flavor other than vanilla. Additionally, you could substitute the chocolate chips for nuts or dried fruit. Get CREATIVE and have FUN!