I wanted to revisit one of our favorite recipes and let everyone know how it has evolved. We have eaten these things religiously, every week, every day almost, for the last several months. I haven’t really changed much, but what small changes I have made really make a difference. To see the old recipe, click here.

We love these bars for several reasons. 1. They are homemade with clean, organic ingredients; 2. The sugar content is much, much lower than most of the “protein bars” you find at the store; 3. It’s a perfect fuel source to get us ready for our workout; 4. They are packed full of protein, with just the right amount of carbs, healthy fats and superfoods like chia and goji berries. 

Almond Goji Pre Workout Bar
Serves 16
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup Quick Cooking Oats
  2. 2 cup Brown Rice Crisps
  3. 3 cups Raw Almonds (divided)
  4. ½ cup Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  5. 4 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  6. ½ t Celtic Sea Salt
  7. 4 T Chia Seeds
  8. 6 T Flax Meal
  9. 2 t Pure Vanilla Extract
  10. ½ cup Goji Berries
  11. ½ cup Hot Water
  12. 1/3 cup Honey
Instructions
  1. Soak your dried Goji Berries in 1/2 cup of hot water and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse all of your Raw Almonds until they appear roughly chopped, then pour about 1 cup of them into a bowl of an electric stand mixer (or just a large mixing bowl if you you don't have a stand mixer).
  3. To the bowl, add the oats, brown rice crisps, coconut, protein powder, salt, chia and flax, then with the paddle attachment, mix on low until well combined.
  4. Strain the Goji Berries from the hot water, but DO NOT discard the water. Add the goji berries to the dry mixture and stir to incorporate.
  5. Add the honey and vanilla to the goji water and stir to incorporate.
  6. Continue to pulse the remaining almonds in the food processor as you slowly add the liquid mixture. Process this mixture until it looks like coarse almond butter. Stop pulsing and scrape down the sides as necessary.
  7. Add the almond butter to the dry mixture and mix until very well incorporated.
  8. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish with olive oil cooking spray and dump the mixture in the dish. Now comes the fun part...I use parchment paper, but wax paper, saran wrap, etc will work too. Cover the top of the dish with your material of choice, and smash the mixture down. Really put your weight into so the mixture forms a very compact layer. I often use the bottom of another Pyrex dish to help smash the mixture down. This helps keep the layer nice and even. Once you have compacted, compressed and smashed the mixture as much as humanly possible, discard the parchment paper, and slice the mixture with a large, sharp knife into 16 squares. Cover and refrigerate.
Notes
  1. Play with the ingredients! Substitute any nut in place of the almonds, add some cocoa nibs or other dried fruits if you like. Pistachio and cranberry is a great combination and so is cashew and blueberry.
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