If you love the idea of chocolate coffee protein bars, here you go!

Protein bars have become the quintessential snack food, but most protein bars have artificial ingredients and really are just glorified candy bars! Here’s one protein bar that I can actually recommend, with its high protein content, real ingredients, higher fiber, and no gluten, dairy, or soy, and it’s homemade with only 7 ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

This is a perfect food for runners or busy individuals because it packages the nutrients you want to keep you full all afternoon and to fuel your active lifestyle including:
  • healthy carbs, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants with a low glycemic index (think medjool dates)
  • healthy proteins and fats (think protein powder, almonds and cashews)
  • caffeine and antioxidants (think coffee and chocolate)
  • protein, probiotics and detox foods: Epigenius chocolate protein powder
  • runners nutrients: magnesium, iron, vitamins D, A, C, E
Coffee Chocolate RX Bar, by Kristen Tinker
Prep Time:10 mins
  • 1 cup organic Epigenius protein powder
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (10-12 large)
  • 1/2 cup sliced, raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 tbsp raw cocao nibs (optional)
  • 2 tsp Starbucks coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp water (don’t use too much or your mixture will be sticky)
Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend to a semi-smooth texture (small bits of nut and cacao will be visible). Press mixture into a pyrex dish lined with parchment paper until a uniform layer is formed. Cut into 12 squares and package into wrap to throw into your purse, backpack, or runner’s belt. 
This recipe can serve as a template to add flavors and to create your own. Please post your personal creation and tag me when you do! #pacerkristen @pacerkristen