I often find that store-bought protein/granola bars are loaded with sugar and other unsavories--not to mention their pricetag. This homemade version combines a variety of superfoods--from nuts and oils to fresh produce--that is satisfying after an intense workout or simply as a healthy alternative to a grab-and-go snack. —Jennifer Kurdyla
What You'll Need
dry unsweetened coconut
dry pitted dates, chopped
kale leaves, stems discarded
raw cacao powder
Soak almonds in water overnight, or at least 6 hours, in the refrigerator.
Add strained almonds to the bowl of a high-power food processor or blender. Blend on high until just nearly the consistency of almond butter, at least 10 minutes.
Add dates and 1/2 of the water, blend until smooth.
Gradually add the remaining ingredients, adding water as necessary to keep the mixture moving and scraping down the bowl as you go. The consistency should be sticky and thick but malleable.
Press the mixture into a small baking dish. Cover with saran wrap, and place in the freezer until firm. Cut into bars, and keep refrigerated in a sealed container.