These homemade protein bars require just 4 ingredients and are made like the favorite Whole30 approved RXBAR using egg white protein, almonds, cashews and dates. Quick and easy, paleo and vegetarian!
As much as I am trying to fill myself up during meals on this Whole30 journey, I sometimes fall short and just really need a snack. I’m big on snacks (as you may know with the many snacks I love to post…) and pretty much carry them with me wherever I go–I’ve even been known to pull out a baggie of mini muffins while watching MSU football at a bar… But during the first week of my Whole30 I have realized how much I depend on them. I’m making a conscious effort to drink more water during and in between meals to make sure that dehydration doesn’t trick me. But when your stomach is actually hungry (not just bored) it’s time to eat a little something to hold you over until your next meal.
There are few store-bought protein/snack bars that I like, but RXBAR is definitely one of them–mostly due to their ingredients list (simple and no added sugars), which also makes them Whole30 approved. And as much as I love RXBARS, they’re kind of pricey! Usually around $2.30 per bar–depending on where you shop, if you’re just buying by the bar, or if you happen to come across a good sale.
When I noticed that NOW Foods carried pure egg white protein I immediately thought of RXBARS and that I NEEDED to create a DIY version.
what you need
The bars themselves take very little time. And because I was curious to see the price comparison, I even broke it down for you for the dollar amount used in each ingredient:
1 cup almonds – $5.24
1 cup cashews – $5.44
egg white protein – $2.96
medjool dates – $6.84
TOTAL COST PER BAR – $1.70
*this is a rough estimate and definitely depends on if you can purchase your nuts and dates in bulk. So if you can have the ability to do that, the price per bar will come out even lower.
On average, you’re saving roughly .50/bar, again depending on various factors. Not to mention saving on packaging/waste 🙂 The savings may or may not be a huge deal to you, but if you’re interested in making more snacks at home to reduce waste, these homemade protein bars may be a good option for you!
Also, sometimes RXBARS can be pretty hard… So if the harder texture of those bars isn’t your favorite, these homemade protein bars are soft and chewy 🙂
I’ve even been enjoying them as a breakfast with my collagen coffee. The combination of the fats, carbs and protein holds me over for hours.
- Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- In the bowl of your food processor, process almonds, cashews, and egg white protein until nuts have broken down into small pieces. If using additional flavors (I used cinnamon and ginger here) add them with the first step.
- Add in pitted dates and process until combined–the mixture will look a little dry. With the motor running about 1 tablespoon of water at a time until mixture is sticky and everything comes together. Depending on if your dates were juicy or dry, you may need less or more water.
- Once mixtures has come together and is sticky, transfer to lined 8x8 pan. Use slightly wet hands to press evenly into pan. I use his fun little pastry roller to make it extra flat.
- Place pan in fridge for 1 hour, or freezer for 30 minutes before cutting into bars. Use large sharp knife and cutting board, cutting bars into 12 or 16 squares. Enjoy!
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