Road Trip Protein Bars

In getting ready for our trip across country…22 hours one way to our destination to be exact, I made some healthy snacks to have alongside us as we drive.image

I love using my stash of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, to create something super yummy, and good for you too.

I know in the U.S. there are all kinds of places to stop on road trips, some healthy, and some not so healthy…but here in Mexico, at least the roads we travel, there is literally nothing. 🙂 Lots of desert. So, I like to plan ahead so we have energy and fuel to keep us going for the long hours ahead.image

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Pete requested energy bars, so I whipped a new recipe…they are no-bake which makes them quick to make, and not only are they chock full of protein, but healthy fats, and fiber as well. These will stick with ya!

Road Trip Bars
3/4 c pumpkin seeds, raw
3/4 c coconut, shredded and unsweetened
1/4 c + 2 Tbsp rice protein powder, vanilla
1/4 c + 2 Tbsp flax seeds
3 Tbsp chia seeds
dash cinnamon

17 whole prunes, pitted
1 tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
2- 4 Tbsp. water

6 Tbsp. rolled oats

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dry ingredients, except the oats quickly. Just a few pulses because you want things to stay a little chunky, so your bars have texture. Place the mixture in another bowl and set aside.

Next add the wet ingredients to the food processor and blend until they become nice and smooth. They won’t be liquidy, more like a soft, sticky paste.

Add the wet mixture to the dry, and toss in the oats. Stir until everything is well blended, and the mixture comes together in a ball. If it seems sticky, just add more oats, 1 Tbsp at a time, until you get the texture you want.

Line a 8×8 baking pan with waxed paper and press the dough into the pan. You want to compress it well so the bars stick nicely together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Cut into 16 bars, wrap in saran wrap if you like, and then store in the refrigerator in a airtight container.
*I’m keeping them in a cooler as we travel.image

Curious about the nutrition facts?
For 1 bar: 175 Calories, 13g fat, 7g protein, 11g carbs, and just 3 g of sugar.
A protein bar filled with whole foods, and low in sugars, I’ll take it! And, they are mighty tasty too! 🙂

Hope you’ll try these for your next road trip, or they’d make great day hike, camping, or sporting event snacks.

See you this weekend for the final week of the Finish February Fit Challenge!

~ Liesl