Nutrition bars, especially protein bars, are trendy right now and my clients often ask me for recommendations. Bars are great for traveling, pre- and post-workout snacks, and on-the-go energy. There are dozens of bar options and looking at the supermarket shelves can be overwhelming. So which one should you choose?
Many bars contain artificial ingredients, added sugars and processed oils that you want to avoid. One of the bars I really like for its great taste and short ingredient list is RXBAR. These bars are gluten, dairy, soy and added sugar free. They only contain real ingredients (nothing artificial) and use egg whites as their protein source. They are available at natural grocery stores like Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s, but can also be found at mainstream grocery store chains like Wegmans and Publix.
However, RXBARs bars are expensive at $1.99 to $2.49 a bar! So, I decided to try making my own and since I choose to purchase mostly organic food in my home, I made them with organic ingredients. These bars are quick to make and don’t require any baking. I love their texture; it is much less chewy than the original bar – a complaint I have heard from my clients.
Homemade Organic Chocolate RXBAR Recipe
- 1 cup organic cashews
- 1 cup organic almonds
- 1/2 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup organic egg white powder (this is hard to find and quite expensive, so I make my own with dehydrated organic eggs – recipe and how-to will follow in another post)
- 2 cups organic medjool dates (remove the pits!)
- Use your food processor to chop up the almonds and cashews
- Add the cocoa powder, egg white powder, and pitted dates continue to process (you may want to add a couple of tablespoons of water depending on the consistency, but don’t add too much it will get too sticky)
- Spoon out the mixture into a 9×9 baking dish lined with parchment paper
- Using a piece of wax paper, press the mixture evenly into the dish
- Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!