These bars are great for after a workout when you need to replenish protein. The cherries help reduce muscle soreness and aid in repair, and the almond butter, protein powder and almonds add much needed protein. You can wrap them individually and store at room temperature, so be sure to toss one into your gym bag!
1 1/2 c natural almond butter
2/3 c local honey
¼ c coconut oil
2 c rolled oats
½ c unsweetened grass fed whey protein powder
3 Tbsp flax meal
¼ tsp Ceylon cinnamon
¼ tsp iodized sea salt
1 tsp real vanilla extract
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/3 c cocoa nibs
1/3 c unsweetened dried cherries
2 Tbsp sliced or slivered almonds
Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Melt the almond butter, honey and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add oats, protein powder, flax meal, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Mix well. Let cool slightly then add seeds, nibs, cherries and almonds. Mix well and pack into the baking pan. Chill one hour then slice. Wrap individually and store at room temperature.
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