Coconut and Chocolate Protein Bars

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This is my first day on the Whole30 January Challenge and I am already craving sweets!!!

“What is Whole30, Aubrey??”

“At its most basic level, the Whole30 program is a 30-day reset where you eliminate certain food groups from your diet that could be having a negative impact on your body. Those include dairy, added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites” courtesy of https://www.thekitchn.com/what-is-whole30-and-why-were-talking-about-it-this-month-239308.

I decided to do this Whole30 Challenge because I have already been following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) since January 2016 and it has helped me tremendously with clearing up my skin hives/rashes, brain fog, digestive issues, mood swings and so many other symptoms. However, I knew that I was still having some troubles with too many Paleo Treats. Event though these are better than conventional desserts and treats, they still have an insane amount of added (natural) sweeteners and my body was screaming for a break!

So, I created these little beauties and one small bite satisfies my cravings, hopefully that will desist throughout this journey.

Coconut & Chocolate Protein Bars

New Year, new recipe ideas beginning with these coconut and chocolate protein bars that are AIP, Paleo & Whole30 compliant.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Keto, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 Bars
Author Aubrey Kwong

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup dates (softened) microwave or stovetop, pitted
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream

Filling

  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp carob powder
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides Vital Proteins scooper is 25 milliliters

Instructions

Crust

  1. Grease your silicone mold or loaf pan (5" x 9" works well) with coconut oil.

  2. Place all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till a thick consistent paste forms. 

  3. Scoop the crust into your silicone mold or loaf pan no more than 50% to the top to save room for the filling. 

Filling

  1. Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and whisk together till well mixed.

  2. Carefully pour contents over crust. Let set in refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until solid and enjoy!