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If you’re looking for a healthier snack to keep you going throughout the day, check out this formula for success.  Most protein bars are loaded with junk like synthetic sugars, trans-fats, artificial sweeteners and fillers. To avoid all this junk, home cooking is your best bet!

Healthier Protein Bars

  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup walnuts or pistachios, or other nut
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup almond butter (although cashew, hazelnut, walnut and even pumpkin butters will work well too!)
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup pepita seeds
  • ½ cup almond meal (to make your own in a food processor, pulse approximately ¼ cup of almonds until it creates a coarse flour)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey/agave syrup
  • 1 cup whey protein powder (unsweetened or vanilla)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, blueberries, raisins, OR cherries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut, to sprinkle on top

Preparation:

1. On a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven, toast nuts and shredded coconut until golden brown.

2. Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground.

3. In a bowl, melt the coconut oil and almond butter and stir until smooth.

4. Add vanilla extract, honey/agave, and sea salt; mix thoroughly.

5. Fold in nut mixture, seeds, almond meal and protein powder until mixed thoroughly.

6. Add whole egg and mix thoroughly.

7. Fold in fruit.

8. Press mixture into an 8 by 8 loaf pan or casserole dish of similar size.

9. Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes

10. Remove from the oven, sprinkle ¼ cup of shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until the top begins to brown, about 3 minutes.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Cut into 12 pieces/bars. To store, wrap individually in wax paper or parchment paper and place in an airtight container.