Here’s a riddle for you: what’s something that tastes like a Quaker Chewy Bar, but actually leaves you feeling full? Stumped? Look no further, it’s these Chewy Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars!
Growing up, I always LOVED snacking on Chewy Bars. With flavors like s’mores, peanut butter chocolate and chocolate chip, they felt like more like a dessert than an afternoon snack. These bars fall in this weird middle space where they are neither healthy nor unhealthy. Quaker achieved this perfect parent-kid compromise not by what they put in Chewy Bars, but what they don’t.
Where Chewy Bars are low in calories, fat and sugar (AKA not “unhealthy”), they also lack in protein and fiber (AKA not “healthy”). So while they may be a good quick snack for growing kids with abundant energy, us adults need a little bit more bang for our buck when it comes to snacks. And that’s where my Chewy Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars come into play.
Think of these as Quaker Chewy Bars on steroids. Almond butter and vanilla protein powder pack these bars with protein, providing the energy you need to take on your day. Flax and chia seeds contribute significant health benefits of their own. Full of fiber and healthy omega 3-s, these seeds keep you fuller longer and also help fight things like inflammation, bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. And as for the chocolate chips…while I can’t rattle off many physical health benefits, I can say with certainty that chocolate is good for your mental health!
I love to enjoy these Chewy Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Feel free to get creative with your mix-ins-dried fruit, nuts, etc. would all be great additions!
- 3 cup old fashioned oats
- ¾ cup vanilla protein powder
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ⅓ cup ground flax seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup milk (I used almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.
- Combine oats, protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, salt, cinnamon, coconut and ½ cup of chocolate chips in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together almond butter, honey, milk and vanilla extract.
- Pour almond butter mixture into dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Press oat mixture into prepared pan. Top with remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chips, gently pressing them into oats so they stick.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm. Remove bars from pan and cut in uniform-sized bars.
- Store in a air-tight container in the refrigerator.