Nourishing Protein Bars


I finished one of my boy’s Halloween costumes last night, just in time for his preschool program this morning. He is being a good old-fashioned mummy, which is refreshing to me after all the comercialized super heros and princesses. My 2-year-old is being a generic superhero, and my 7-year-old is being “The King of the Doggies,” a costume of his own creation.

Does anyone else feel like Halloween starts months of candy? I try to avoid having candy in my house most of the time (though with school-aged kids this is getting harder), but with Halloween and Christmas and Valentines and Easter I feel like we have a constant barrage of candy until late spring. What do you do to deal with the candy onslaught with kids? I need some suggestions!

Here’s a great recipe for helping you not eat the candy, even if it’s always in your house. The protein helps you be full so your not as munchy. These babies taste gourmet! You know those expensive protein bars you can buy at health food stores? Here is a great alternative recipe that will cost you half the price and be free of the preservatives that most other bars have. And they are delicious. If they were not so filling, I would be eating a lot more! They help curb a candy appetite.




1 1/2 cups of almonds
4 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of unsweetened coconut (available at health food stores)
1/2 cup of dried fruit (we used dried cherries, but it should also work with cranberries or dates)
2 tablespoons of chia

1 T coconut oil


1. Chop nuts in food processor, or blender then add remaining ingredients and chop them all together.

2. Press mixture into greased bread pan. Let set in the fridge to harden.  Cut into bars.  Prepackage in snack-sized bags for a quick, take-along snack. Store in the fridge.

3. You could also form them into balls if you don’t want to make bars.


A Note about Raw Foods

When foods aren’t cooked and processed, more of the health benefits remain. And that fact makes me feel even better about the healthiness of this treat!


  1. These look so yummy and healthy! We love snack bars around here, and it’s hard to get away from pre-packaged junky stuff. I love how easy these look! But is there something I can substitute for the coconut? Or can I just leave it out? We’re not fans, but I’d love to try this recipe!

    1. I haven’t tried it, but it should work if you leave out the coconut. Let us know how it turns out!

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