Coconut flour is made of coconut flesh, which has been dried and ground. It is not only naturally gluten-free, but it is also a good source of fiber, protein, and iron. Coconut flour can be consumed either raw or cooked and makes a great base to these bars.
These bars are naturally gluten-free and can easily be made vegan depending on the choice of protein powder and chocolate chips.
1/2 cup coconut flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup your favorite protein powder (I used Tone It Up)
1/2 cup your favorite chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 chia seeds (optional) (I find them most affordable here)
Pinch of kosher salt
In a medium-large size mixing bowl place the coconut flour, protein powder, chia seeds, and salt and stir until everything is mixed evenly.
Add the peanut butter and maple syrup to the bowl and mix until everything comes together.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Place mixture into silicone bar pans (like this one) or a parchment paper-lined 8x8 baking dish.
Place in the fridge or freezer for at least one hour, until hardened.
If using an 8x8 pan, cut into 9 squares. If you're using the silicone pan, gently remove from pan.
Store in the fridge to use within seven days or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Enjoy post-workout or whenever you're craving a protein-rich snack.