Protein bars….I tend to have a love/hate relationship with them. Some of the store bought bars are chalky and leave a weird aftertaste in your mouth and others are just overly processed and loaded with sugar. I tend to be very picky with the bars I eat and only really like a select few.
I picked up one of the Bulletproof Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Collagen Protein bars on a trip to the US to ‘try it out’. The ingredient list was straight forward, low sugar and good fats to keep me full so a win all around in my opinion. My only regret is that I didn’t buy cases of it because the bar was that damn good. I actually inhaled it and almost cried remembering that I only bought one! So I did what I always do; saved the wrapper and vowed to recreate the bars myself.
The trial and error in recreating the bars was fun. I mean, I got to eat the ‘fails’ – which were only really a fail from a texture perspective but from a taste perspective were melt in your mouth good. After making a few tweaks here and there I finally nailed it and came to the realization that simple is always better – don’t over complicate anything. I personally love seeing recipes that use minimal ingredients. This recipe only has 4 ingredients (5 if you want that little extra) and is so simple to make.
The key ingredient is these bars in collagen. If you’ve never heard of or tried collagen it’s an essential building block for the body that helps with everything from gut health to skin elasticity. It also helps with nails, connective tissue and joints. Chances are you will see significant hair and nail growth once you start supplementing with it.
Collagen is an amino rich protein found in mammals hence why you will see grass fed or marine collagen on the shelves these days. Its odorless and tasteless so it’s a great protein boost in smoothies, oatmeal and bulletproof coffee. The options to sneak it into your diet are endless (I even throw it into baked goods).
The body naturally makes collagen but production declines as you age. Eating foods that are rich in amino acids (ie. beef, chicken, fish and beans) with foods rich in vitamin C (ie. Citrus fruits, red peppers, greens) will help increase collagen production. I am always adamant that you change the way you eat first and then look to supplementation second.
Now that you know the benefits of collagen, go ahead and make these bars! Don’t forget to tag me in your creations 😉
Cookie Dough Base
- 4 cups of raw cashews
- 2-3 tbsp coconut butter
- 1/2 cup Organika collagen
- 3 tbsps cacao nibs
- 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)
Chocolate layer (optional)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
- Combine cashews and coconut butter in a food processor and process, scraping down the sides. Butter should form to a thick consistency. Add in the collagen and process until fully combined
- Lastly add in the cacao nibs (and chocolate chips if using) and gently process (aka pulse to fully combine)
- Pour mixture into a parchment lined pan (5×5 works well) and place in the freezer. Allow bars to become solid
- While the bars are freezing, melt the remaining chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler. Allow the melted chocolate to cool for a couple minutes
- Remove the bars from the freezer and pour the melted chocolate over the frozen dough. Place the pan back into the freezer and allow the chocolate to solidify. Remove from the freezer and pan and cut into squares/bars and keep stored in the fridge. Enjoy!