“Perfect” Cashew Butter Protein Bars

February 21, 2017

"Perfect" Cashew Butter Protein Bars by Faring Well

At times I’m overwhelmed by how thankful I feel for so many things in my life. The sweet, selfless people I get to attempt to love well. The places I’m able to see that bring joy to my eyes, and soul. The chances I’ve been given to be creative, and embrace the fresh food at my finger tips. I shake my head in disbelief most days, unable to fathom how I have been granted the sweetest role of all, to be my husband’s wife. I love laughing at all of his silly jokes, cooking his food, riding my bike alongside his, listening to him talk about what is bringing him stoke, and help when life is giving him a hard time. I love knowing I can go to someone with all of my thoughts, worries, (bad) jokes, and dreams. I love the good days, but I also really love the hard days. I’d rather be sitting on a curb next to him with unwashed hair, chipped nails, and tattered old clothes than be without him for an hour to myself.

It’s because of his belief in me that I am here sharing pieces of my life and kitchen with you. It’s because of the restaurant I worked at for years that I was able to discover my love for serving others and bringing them food. It was because of the local farmers taking the time to share with me about their produce that I became enthralled with the farm to table movement years ago. It was because of our sweet landlady who gave us her garden bed back when we first lived in California that I learned of the labor, love, and devotion needed in order to grow and harvest my own produce. It was because of the incredible holistic doctors made available to me that I was able to be pushed to erradicate old foods from my diet that were harming my body. Where then, and only then, could I be lead to discover even more delicious items and combinations than I had ever dreamed. Every moment, every step, has been touched by someone else in their life giving to me. This is a major, underwhelming thank you, I don’t know how I could ever repay you.

All of this reflection, and the initiation of “getting back to my roots” I discussed with you earlier has put me in a state of intense happiness as of late. This is coming from a girl who has the disposition of a sunflower (no credit to be taken by me here, I was inherently born with an unreal bent towards positivity). Long gone are the days of me pouring over extravagant recipes I wasn’t craving, nor had the goods to create. Now present are the hours of me plucking the items catching my eye at the markets (while adhering to a newer, tighter budget), and staring each day at my given inventory for inspiration. What would I or Scott like to eat? What would be nice to have around? – are the questions I am now asking myself daily.

Last summer Scott fell in love with Perfect Bars. I enjoyed their vegan option a time or two, but when discovering my laundry list of food sensitivities (currently working on those) I had to nix the Perfect Bars, and eventually Scott did too. I have a tough time purchasing something I know I can make, even if I haven’t discovered the translatable recipe yet. So a few weeks back I let my mind wander with these long-lost bars to see what I could do. One bowl and four ingredients later, we have decided these are the best protein bars to boot (to us + a few friends). I recommend going the extra step to making the nut butter too, but provide links to my store bought favorites when this isn’t an option. I really hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

"Perfect" Cashew Butter Protein Bars by Faring Well"Perfect" Cashew Butter Protein Bars by Faring Well"Perfect" Cashew Butter Protein Bars by Faring Well"Perfect" Cashew Butter Protein Bars by Faring Well

Makes 10 bars, more or less depending on cut size. 

2 cups homemade cashew butter (recipe below)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup vanilla plant protein powder (FAVORITE)

Combine the cashew butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup in a medium mixing bowl. Stir using a large, sturdy spoon. Add the protein powder and mix gently until it begins to come together, then put some oomph into it to get it fully combined and smooth (it will happen).

Press into a parchment lined 9×5 loaf pan. Place in the fridge to chill for 2 to 4 hours before removing and slicing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat as-is, or add the below toppings if desired before storing.

Chocolate squiggle: 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder, 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil, 1 tablespoons brown rice syrup. Whisk until smooth, place in a small baggy, cut a hole in the corner, and squiggle onto each individual bar. Top with crunchy cacao nibs and flakes of sea salt.

Homemade cashew butter: toast 2 cups of cashews on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 300F oven for 20 minutes. Remove, let cool, and add to a high speed blender (or food processor) with 1 cup of raw brazil nuts. Puree until smooth, pressing down with the tamper if using a high speed blender, or stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor.

NOTES: If using store bought nut butter, I prefer the Maisie Jane’s Cashew Butter I find at Whole Foods. Or Pic’s Peanut Butter for you peanut lovers. I would assume your favorite seed butter, or another all natural nut butter (no other ingredients except for the actual nuts, please) would be fantastic as well.


  • Reply Shelley February 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Jessie, these are just gorgeous! I totally know that feeling of finding it hard to buy something you know you can make, and far too many times granola and/or protein bars are that thing. The simple ingredient list here has me mega keen to try these and I love that you’re sharing more of your “actual kitchen eats” these days. It just feels so honest and right. Happy Tuesday lady, xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Aw Shelley! Thank you for that affirmation. I super appreciate it, and have to admit it feels so much more honest over here too. I hope you get to make and enjoy these sometime girl, they would be great snacks for the upcoming camping season – woot woot! Hope you are doing well lady.

  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities February 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I love cashew, and these protein bars look and sound super delicious!

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Yay! Me too. And thank you Carlos!

  • Reply Karlie February 22, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I love Perfect Bars but I feel the same way- its hard to justify if I can make it! Can’t wait to try these. And a perfect time to try homemade cashew butter as well! xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      So happy to share these with you girl! I hope you love them like we do too <3 that homemade cashew butter is the way to be!

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker February 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I feel you on so many levels Jesse! Sometimes it gets so easy to slip into the ‘what can I top now?’ cycle and it might not even be something that I really want. I’ve found that I do best with recipes that are simple, easy and sweet :) I can’t wait to try these little heavenly bars!

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Ah Abby, you so get this! Thank you for this note girl. And I so hope if you give these a try you fall in love too! xo

  • Reply Chelsea | The Whole Bite February 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

    These are gorgeous and you’re incredible gratitude and positivity bring me so much joy! God has put so many little things in our lives that translate to incredible blessings, and I love so much how you take the time to recognize and appreciate each and every one of them! You are a major inspiration to me, lady :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Oh Chelsea! You just brighten my day. Thank you for this sweet message, I adore you and appreciate you! <3

  • Reply Joy February 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Perfect Bars are my absolute favorite energy bar so I’m so excited to try this recipe. My favorite Perfect Bar flavor is the Coconut Almond…no chance you might know how to recreate that one, would you?

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Aw yay I’m so glad to share this one with you! Sadly I do not have one for the coconut almond yet. I would say to experiment by replacing the cashew butter with almond butter, add in 1/3 cup of shredded coconut, and maybe decrease the protein powder to 3/4 cup and make it a chocolate protein blend instead of vanilla. But I’m just spit balling here! xo

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full February 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Reading your posts is like ingesting a ray of sunshine. I get this happy feeling whenever I read your words!! But I still maintain that you and Scott are #relationshipgoals, and I love hearing about the obvious and immense love you have for each other. What a gift from God :) :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Sarah you are SO sweet and your comment here just means the world! <3

  • Reply Sophie | Wholehearted Eats February 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

    These look devine, buddy! I love reading your upbeat and positive posts – especially these days when the news can be such a downer. Heading back to your roots is a great place to go. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, too. It’s easy to get caught up in ideas of who we should be that we loose sight of who we are. Sending you lots of love and high fives from up north!

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Ah thank you tons Sophie, I love keeping this place as positive as possible, there is enough negativity out there to keep us balanced for sure. I love that you have been thinking about the same, and honestly just love everything you do always girl. Especially your last macro bowl post! YAY steamed veggies :). Sending you love and returning those high fives lady! xo

  • Reply kate February 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I too love Perfect Bars, but these look even more perfect! Thank you for sharing :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      You are too kind Kate, thank you!

  • Reply Mary February 25, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I hope to grow my own produce one day. I’m thinking about starting a herb garden in my apartment this summer. I can’t believe these bars only have four ingredients; I can handle that :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Ooo yay! A window herb garden sounds so wonderful, you should go for it. And thank you about these bars too – too easy not to make right? ;)

  • Reply Melissa Novotny February 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Never thought to make a protein bar that wasn’t sweet. Love this idea!

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Melissa! Thank you for taking the time to drop me a note <3 I just want to make sure you know these bars are in fact very sweet!

  • Reply Jenn Kosar February 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    My husband will be so excited – he hates peanut butter but loves cashews, and definitely needs an on-the-go protein snack. Can’t wait to make them!

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Aw yay! I hope he loves them too!

  • Reply betty February 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Aww this is so sweet. I love the intentions in this post and of course these bars. I wish I could eat cashews just so I could try these. Also, these photos are seriously gorgeous.

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Oh Betty, thank you! I’m sure you could make a bang-er-ang version from tahini or sunflower seed butter too! xx

  • Reply Sandy February 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    So beautiful!

  • Reply Gena March 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I love how very simple these are, Jessie! Sometime it’s just the right few things in just the right proportions that makes magic happen :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you Gena :) and I agree, those magic moments are some of my favorite!

  • Reply katie ring February 12, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I always have a hard time finding good protein powder. Which one did you use in this recipe? Thanks!

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