Saturday Mix | Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars

March 12, 2016

Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

My neck is sunburnt and I have the biggest smile on my face. Its taking everything in me to be inside and work this week. The sunshine and 70 degree air keep screaming at me to drop everything and go play. So for the sake of my childlike soul I’m going to keep it short and sweet today. One of the recipes on heavy rotation in our kitchen is this protein bar. Me being a long distance runner, and Scott being a man with an appetite, there is always a batch in our fridge ready for hungry hands. I’ll usually mixing up the ingredients and flavors from week to week, but settled on this one recently and was so jazzed I just had to share it with you! Its hearty. Packed with protein and healthy carbohydrates to both fuel, and help you recover from, whatever activity is your jam. Did I mention they are tasty? Wicked tasty. I hope you get outside and play this weekend. Do something frivolous, its good for your soul – xo.

//LINKS
If you missed it in last week’s post, I mentioned my little live show I’ll be doing over on Nom every Thursday at 3pm. If you want to hang with me and keep it super real while chatting about yummy food, you should tune in! Plus it would just make me really happy.

If I could put together an outfit from the cute things I’ve seen this week I’d pick this tank, with these jeans, and these sandals. So cute.

If I could have a few of my favorite bloggers feed me this weekend I’d choose Sophie’s muffins, Lindsey’s lunch bowl, and Lily’s roasted ice cream soda floats. YUM.

Currently one of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is Jeannett over at @shutthekaleup. Her approach to balancing life and health is so inspiring on the daily. Plus she lives in our old neighborhood in Costa Mesa, so a heavy dose of nostalgia.

One of my favorite albums to listen to at the moment is this one by Ben Howard. Its particularly good at night, especially when driving.

Something Scott and I watch whenever we need a good laugh ;) happy weekend, go chuckle!


 
//RECIPE
CHOCOLATE COCONUT PROTEIN BARS
Makes 12 bars.

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup flax meal
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
9 tablespoons hemp protein powder
9 tablespoons raw cacao powder
6 tablespoons hemp seeds
6 tablespoons chia seeds
6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped small
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cashew butter
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add the oats through the chopped dates to a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Add the brown rice syrup, honey, coconut oil, and cashew butter to a small sauce pan and heat over low while whisking continuously. When the coconut oil has melted and the mixture comes together smooth – remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry in the large mixing bowl and stir well using a large metal fork. Work at it with a little elbow grease and the mixture will come together perfectly. Press firmly into a parchment lined 8×8 square baking pan. Cover with a sheet of foil, and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set. Slice into 12 bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Best if eaten within one week, but should last for two.


 
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Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

24 Comments

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full March 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I’ve been feeling a similar pull to the great outdoors with this gorgeous weather!! I’ve been spending more time at my parent’s house in farm country to enjoy our yard with the pups They just love running around and getting all muddy! ;) I could definitely use one of these protein bars after a running sesh with the dogs. The perfect post-workout fuel!! :D

    • Reply Faring Well March 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

      That sounds so magical! Enjoy that time for sure Sarah. And thank you about these bars, we are mega big fans!

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout March 12, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Yes! Such beautiful blue skies makes me so darn happy! :):) I went for a walk right when I woke up this morning and it was the best decision ever. These bars look amazing, I’d love one after a workout at the gym or a long yoga practice <3

    • Reply Faring Well March 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

      I seriously need to implement that on the daily now too, thank you for reminding me Maya! It changes the whole morning, doesn’t it?! So happy for you :) enjoy your day girl! XO

  • Reply Maddie March 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    This may sound “stalkerish” but I have been admiring your blog all week long! Your pictures are absolutely stunning and your meals sound so GOOD!

    • Reply Faring Well March 14, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Oh my goodness Maggie you are too sweet! That made me smile, thank you for the love! I hope you enjoy a few recipes soon, and happy Monday girl! xx

  • Reply Jayme | holly & flora March 13, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve spent the past two days outside, tweaking the garden and watching things literally pop up overnight. Being outside in the sunshine is soo good for the soul. These bars seem like they’ll soon become my favorite bar to take on a hike, which, by the way, I can’t wait to do again! Hiking season {after mud season passes} is almost here! XO to you!

    • Reply Faring Well March 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Jayme that sounds so wonderful! And heck yes to almost hiking season! I have been blown away by all of the budding of flowers around town this week. So magical. Enjoy more sunshine today friend! xo

  • Reply Jodi March 14, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Ahhh I was working on my goggle tan this weekend and it felt so good to have my face in the sun :) I saw you on the TV! Haha! I just watched a little snippet this morning – too much fun, Jessie! Also – you a have a voice! We’ve both been working pretty these days over here, and I’m always looking for different snacks to keep on hand, thinking I might have to hide these ones from Matt ;) big hugs x

    • Reply Faring Well March 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

      I want to see a picture! ;) And eeee you saw me in the tv! Well computer. But still! You are so sweet for watching Jodi, that just makes me so happy! And yes yes yes, try these and let me know what you think – we are obsessed! <3

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams March 14, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Your mountain bars have been on heavy rotation around here lately, so I may just have to go wild and give these a try. I hear you on just wanting to ignore any and all responsibility that doesn’t allow me to be outside in the sunshine. This weather has me grinning ear to hear and it feels great! Have a fabulous week, lady, xx

    • Reply Faring Well March 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

      No way! That is so rad. And eeee yes let me know if you try these! They are by far my faves. And I am so glad to hear someone else has the same feels lately, so much grinning Shelley! May it continue all week :) XO

  • Reply Nina @ Nourish Atelier March 14, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Enjoy the sun Jessie! It sounds so lovely. The protein bar looks perfect, wish I had one now :) And loved the links again, laughed out loud watching the Flying lawnmower, that was wild!

    • Reply Faring Well March 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Thank you tons Nina! And I am so glad someone else found that lawnmower hilarious (hahahaha) I DIE every time I watch it – xoxo

  • Reply Renee March 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    These look absolutely mind blowing delicious. I love bars/recipes like these to have in the fridge for every moment that needs a little energy. And a little live show – SO COOL!

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      AH! Thank you Renee! You just made me smile MEGA huge <3

  • Reply Bethany @ athletic avocado March 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    These protein bars blow every store bought bar out of the water! You can never fail with chocolate, coconut and whole food ingredients!

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      I could not agree more! Thanks tons Bethany <3

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore March 17, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    These bars look so filling and dense!! Do they stay mostly together if you take one on the go in your bag?

    • Reply Faring Well March 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Yes they absolutely do! They stick together so good, really pumped actually – back packing appropriate ;)

  • Reply Eva March 18, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I made these last night in preparation for our trip to Vancouver Island and I am happy to report that they taste delicious and stay together – the only modification I made was toasting the oats beforehand, they taste very nutty and maybe they are a little bit more crunchy.. anyway – thanks for the recipe, Jessie!!

    • Reply Faring Well March 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Oh yay! So so happy to heave Eva! Have the best trip, and enjoy your snacking ;) XO

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel March 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Jessie!! Thanks for the sweet link love. These protein bars include my favorite protein source ever: HEMP. Yay! They sound absolutely delish. And huge freaking double YAY for your Nom show! How cool. I just spent a couple minutes checking it out and a) it’s lovely to see and hear you live, and b) AWESOME to have your own show. Can’t wait to check it out live soon. xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well March 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      You are too sweet! Thank you Lily! I know right, hemp is my fave too. I just saw you are on your way to HI with a bunch of lovely ladies! Have SO much fun you guys – XO

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