Just 4 ingredients is all you need to make these chocolatey Mocha Cereal Protein Bars. A perfect grab-n-go breakfast option or workout snack. Gluten-free and vegan-friendly.
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Currently sitting here picking off what I believe to be food off of my neck and chin… or possibly remnants of my new favorite face mask…
Nope, it’s food. Chocolate of some sort. From my smoothie?
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
Anyways. Okay, so I HAVE to share this quick little story with you guys. Since I’ve started reading You Are a Badass*, the whole “Law of Attraction” theory is stuck in my head. Jack Canfield also spoke of it at the IDEA World Convention opening ceremonies.
So my story starts out plain and simple. Drew and I decided to head downtown for some dinner. Our dinner convo was just random chatter. We started talking about Holland, Mi which then led us to start talking about Hope College (located in Holland). An average conversation, nothing fancy. Holland and Hope are significant in this story, so stick with me…
We walk by someone who looked a lot like a friend I went to CMU with. I said to Drew, “Gosh that guy looked a lot like Darrin!” We chat about Darrin for a sec and keep walking…
We get stopped by a high school classmate we haven’t seen in I don’t know how long… We chat about being back in Michigan, etc. He introduces us to his wife, who he met at… Hope College. ^^ We were just talking about Hope at dinner.
We part ways and go home.
Drew and I get home and are about to start some Netflix (I know, we’re so cool). Not even 10 minutes go by since we’ve been home and I get a text… From none other than
DARRIN. The guy I literally thought I just 20 minutes ago. Well it wasn’t him I saw walking downtown, but his text said…
“I swear I just saw you riding your bike in downtown Holland!”
Um… say whhatttt?
I thought I saw Darrin. Darrin thought he saw me. We’re in two completely different cities, hours away from one another, yet somehow we both thought we saw each other.
Is that not WEIRD or WHAT? I can’t help but think the Universe is trying to tell me something…
Anyways 🙂 Let us chat about these mocha cereal protein bars now.
We’re using NOW Sports Fit & Tone Mocha Protein to get that chocolate coffee flavor, plus some cocoa crisps for the fun cereal crunch.
They are one of the easiest and quickest things I’ve made when it comes to homemade bars. Just FOUR ingredients, ONE BOWL, and maybe 15 minutes in the fridge to set the bars. EASY peasy lemon squeezy.
What you need
cocoa crisps cereal
mocha protein powder
brown rice syrup
Well then of course the optional chocolate topping, because that’s just how we roll around here.
Mocha Cereal Protein Bars
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 16 1x
- 3 cups brown rice cocoa crisps cereal (GF option if needed)
- 1/2 cup Mocha Fit & Tone Protein*
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBS natural nut and/or seed butter, creamy blend
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (honey will also work)
- optional topping:
- 2 TBS mini chocolate chips + 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
- Line a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with parchment paper, leaving extra on the sides.
- In a large bowl, combine cereal and protein powder. Add in brown rice syrup and nut or seed butter and mix until everything is full incorporated. Press mixture into prepared pan, working into all four corners.
- Place pan in fridge and allow bars to set for about 20 minutes. Cut bars into 16 squares and top with chocolate if using. Enjoy!
*You can sub whey protein powder with chocolate vegan protein and add 1 TBS of instant coffee powder to make vegan. Or a mocha vegan protein powder.
-Bars will keep best in fridge but can be enjoyed at room temperature.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 122
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 40mg
- Fat: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 15
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 6g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
How about you?
- Can you tell me any weird, coincidental occurrences that have happened to you lately?
- Have you heard of the Law of Attraction?
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