This is our rendition of a protein bar to have for quick meal/snack options that you can make at home. We really liked this one... not too sweet. We use fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries. You can set aside some of the nut mixture if you'd like to put on top, but it makes for messy bars.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees F (104 degrees C). Arrange walnuts and pecans on a baking sheet.

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  • Bake in the preheated oven until nuts are roasted and fragrant, about 30 minutes. Remove nuts from oven. Increase oven temperature to 230 degrees F (110 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan.

  • Pulse roasted walnuts, roasted pecans, and almonds together in a food processor until mixture is resembles a coarse meal; transfer to a large bowl. Add pumpkin seeds, cranberries, protein powder, dates, raisins, coconut flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and molasses; mix well. Press mixture into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can play around with the type of dried fruits you use, we do. Try papaya and some coconut for tropical bars or apples for a nice apple cinnamon bar.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; protein 11.7g 23% DV; carbohydrates 21.3g 7% DV; fat 24.6g 38% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 53.1mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2013
I tried this recipe and got granola also so I looked up some other recipes and then added some more liquid to this recipe. I added 1/4 cup peanut butter (almond butter would work) 1 egg and changed the oil to 1/4 cup. They turned out great! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2013
This recipe makes some really tasty granola (not a bar but granola)! I followed the recipe as directed except I used figs and instead of raisins and used 2 cups pecans and 1 cup of walnuts instead of the other way around. I did add 1/4 cup almond butter before putting it in the oven when I realized that it wouldn't hold together in a bar and was going to be more like granola to see if that would help bind the ingredients together but it still turned out to be a granola that had to be eaten with a spoon. Did an ingredient get left out or a quantity get entered wrong? I hope the person that posted this recipe comments because otherwise I loved it and even the skeptics kept going back for second and third helpings but I really wanted a bar that would be easy to take along. Read More
(3)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2013
I tried this recipe and got granola also so I looked up some other recipes and then added some more liquid to this recipe. I added 1/4 cup peanut butter (almond butter would work) 1 egg and changed the oil to 1/4 cup. They turned out great! Read More
(16)
Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2013
This recipe makes some really tasty granola (not a bar but granola)! I followed the recipe as directed except I used figs and instead of raisins and used 2 cups pecans and 1 cup of walnuts instead of the other way around. I did add 1/4 cup almond butter before putting it in the oven when I realized that it wouldn't hold together in a bar and was going to be more like granola to see if that would help bind the ingredients together but it still turned out to be a granola that had to be eaten with a spoon. Did an ingredient get left out or a quantity get entered wrong? I hope the person that posted this recipe comments because otherwise I loved it and even the skeptics kept going back for second and third helpings but I really wanted a bar that would be easy to take along. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2013
Thanks to the OP for the submission and getting me rolling on this. I also found it to be quite dry so broke down and added 1/2c water when binding since there was an equal portion of (coconut) flour. In truth I wish that it had been boiling water and I had added it to the dates soften them in advance. That being said I will likely double the date portion as I would have preferred a 'wetter' bar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2014
After reading the reviews on this I added two eggs and about a 1/2 cup of water to make the batter more smooth. It helped a lot but was still a little dry. Overall the bars tasted very good but the recipe may need a little more tweaking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2017
Very good and flavorful! Also substituted...1/4 cup oil PB fit powder 1 egg and 1/4 water. Next time will increase water to 1/2 or even 3/4 cup. Slightly drier than I would have liked and ends fell apart but cut into squares pretty well as you can see by pic. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/23/2014
Yep dry granola. Didn't read the reviews until afterward and wish I had. I will try adding an egg and more coconut oil next time for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2018
This recipe is great. Mixed it in oatmeal yogurt or just plain. Added a little peanut butter Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2020
Ok I read the reviews and made a lot of changes and it worked great, so that’s why three stars as in the end was quite a different recipe. I soaked the dates in boiling water. I puréed them (and the water) with the other dried fruits. I added an egg and peanut butter. I also added ground flax, almond flour and hemp hearts. 230 deg wasn’t hot enough, so I did 350 as suggested by a different recipe and they are chewy, soft, and very much so retain their shape. Will make them again! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/25/2017
This recipe makes crumble NOT bars! I added 1 cup of greek yogurt and it still wouldn't stick together. The recipe is incomplete or just plain bad. A total waste of money! Read More