Coconutty Maple Fuel Bars
Soooo, who’s excited for the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony tonight?!
Oh, you’re going to dinner and a movie instead? Yeah, me too.
That’s not to say I’m not excited for the Olympics. I am. I’m just not extremely jazzed about watching people push balls around with brooms — that’s what curling is, right?
As I’ve mentioned before, I’d rather be active myself than watch other people on T.V. being active.
But as I also mentioned before, I love themes. So when holidays and big events come around, I get super excited to theme everything I do accordingly.
Maple Syrup is a natural energy booster, so it’s a great way to sweeten up your protein snacks and to keep you fueled during a workout. Athletes — those doing endurance sports especially — need readily available carbs to burn off during intense exercise.
Although it is still sugar, when you eat it before a workout, you’re safe in the knowledge that those carbs will be the first to burn during your exercise.
These creamy, crunchy bars are also packed with a bunch of protein from Vega‘s delicious vanilla, plant-based protein powder, healthy fat from coconut oil and almond butter, and some tasty mix-in’s that won’t break your belt — unsweetened cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, and unsweetened dried blueberries.
We had left-overs from the cook-a-long last night so I eagerly gobbled one up before a particularly grueling Sweat Garage workout this morning and it kept me fueled the entire time.
Coconutty Maple Fuel Bars
by Gigi & Whitney of the Fit & Funny Foodies
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (We used Vega)
½ C. Oats
¼ C. Almond Flour
¼ C. Natural Almond Butter
¼ C. Pure Maple Syrup
2 T. Dried Blueberries
2 T. Coconut Flakes
2 T. Cacao Nibs
1 T. Coconut Oil
1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Toss the coconut oil in the microwave for about 15 seconds to loosen.
3. Add the wet ingredients.
4. Add your mix-ins.
5. Line a baking pan (8×8) with wax paper and press the mixture into the pan. Using a rolling pan to flatten if you need.
6. Slice and eat, or wrap them in plastic and store in the refrigerator for later.
Total Calories: 125, 5 grams protein (makes 12)
These bars are seriously the tastiest things ever and they only take about 10 minutes to make. Try them out this Olympic season.
Hopefully they’ll get you off the couch, and out being active!
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