I’m so excited to share this recipe! It’s my new “go-to” pre-workout snack. Justin and I wake up at 4:07 am on days we workout. (We have a thing with not ever setting an alarm unless it ends in a seven. I have no idea why either. It just feels right! haha!) Anywho, by then the Casein we drank the night before is long gone and we are usually both starving! So the first thing we do after prying our eyes open to pop in our contacts is head the kitchen. We mix our much loved Optimum Nutrition AmiN.O. Energy pre-workout drink and grab an Almond, Coconut, Goji Bar.
I’ve been playing around with this recipe for months trying to perfect it and I think I have finally found the right combination of dry/wet ingredients to where it holds together and isn’t packing more sugar than a candy bar! This quest started when I really took into account what was in our much beloved Clif Bars, my pre-workout snack from many months ago. I wanted less sugar, more protein and a tasty way to incorporate oats into my diet (I hate, like really hate oatmeal….yuck).
So here it is folks! It’s sweet, its really tasty and it satisfies.
Almond, Coconut, Goji Bars
- 1½ c Quick Cooking Oats
- 1½ c Brown Rice Crisps
- 1 c Almond Meal
- ¾ c Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
- 4 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1½ c Almond Butter (any nut butter will do)
- ½ t Salt
- 2 T Chia Seeds
- 4 T Flax Meal
- 2 t Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ c Goji Berries
- ½ c Water (divided)
- ¼ c Honey
Optional additions include ¼ c mini chocolate chips or other dried fruit if you like. Just be warned this will up the sugar content!
Bring a ¼ cup of water to a boil, remove from heat, then add Goji berries to reconstitute. Set aside.
Mix nut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and the other ¼ cup of water in a saucepan and heat on medium-low. Stir often and keep a close eye on the mixture, you don’t want to burn the nut butter! Heat and stir until nice and melty and smooth, then set aside to cool slightly.
While the wet ingredients are cooling, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl (I use my handy dandy stand mixer with paddle attachment) and mix well. Slowly incorporate the nut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. If you choose to add chocolate chips of some kind, now would be the time to add them, then mix again until incorporated. Be sure the mixture isn’t too warm otherwise your chips will melt!
Lightly spray a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish with olive oil, then pour the mixture into the pan. Use a sheet of parchment or wax paper to firmly press the mixture down until it forms a very compact layer of goodness. Let it cool completely, then cut into 16 squares.
Store in the refrigerator and Enjoy!