Maple Pecan Protein Bars

Maple Pecan Protein Bars

Holy cow… Have I been on a homemade protein bar KICK.

Ever since I developed my 4 Ingredient Cookie Dough Protein Bars I have become obsessed with making batches of homemade protein bars each week. 

They’re just too good.

Despite their relatively simple ingredients, these protein bars pack in 8g of protein at around 200 calories a pop. And best of all, they taste like DESSERT. 

If you know me reeeally well, then you know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when I try a healthy recipe off Pinterest and it ends up tasting like absolute garbage. 

I'm over wasting my time and money on "skinny" foods that taste like sh!t. 

That’s why I’m so smitten with these bars. Not only are they relatively healthy and easy to make (4 ingredients baby!) but they’re also insanely delicious.

With the popularity of these protein bars in both my real life and online community, I decided to keep the party going and develop a new flavor each month. I even created a dedicated celebrity tab titled "Protein Bars" under "Snacks" on She Well. 

November's protein bar flavor is.... (drumroll please)... Maple Pecan! 

And HOLY YUM, are these bars good! 

With just FOUR ingredients, these bars are the perfect holiday treat that'll have you celebrating all season long! 

Maple Pecan Protein Bars

MAPLE PECAN PROTEIN BARS

Makes 10 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Wait Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup almond butter at room temp
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 scoops (1/2 cup) vanilla protein powder (I used Olly) 
2 tablespoons filtered water
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Note: It is IMPERATIVE that you use protein powder that actually tastes good for this recipe. After experimenting with countless vanilla protein powders I found that Olly vanilla protein powder creates the best bars. I am no way an affiliate for Olly, just love and believe in their product! Olly vanilla is available at most grocery stores as well as online. Find the product on Amazon here.

Note: Depending on what kind of protein powder you are using you may need to add more or less sweetener to the recipe. In this recipe 1/2 cup of Olly Vanilla protein powder contained 13.5g of a sugar/stevia blend. If you can get your hands on this protein powder or something like it I highly recommend for baking. 

Note: You can also use any kind of nut or seed butter. Nut butters with oil in them will lend to more of a "protein bar" texture. Plain nut butters with only nuts as the ingredient will be create a crunchy cookie texture. Both are equally delicious ;) 

Directions
1. Line an 8x8 square baking dish with tin foil and set aside. 

2. Place 1 cup of almond butter in a large bowl ( I like to wet the cup first to avoid the almond butter from sticking) Add in the maple syrup and protein powder (see note above regarding protein powder) and mix to combine. 

3. Once the almond butter, maple syrup and protein powder are mixed, add in 2 tablespoons of filtered water and combine. Once batter has formed, mix in the chopped pecans. 

4. Using a spatula, transfer the batter to the center of the foil-lined baking dish. Use a spatula to make sure that the dough spreads evenly.

5. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour (can freeze for up to 1 week before baking)

6. After an hour, remove the baking dish from the freezer and preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

7. Lift the tinfoil with the bars still on it and place on a firm surface. Cut the batch in half horizontally and then cut vertically into 5 columns to get 10 bars. Place each bar on a foil-lined baking sheet at least one inch a part.

Optional: Press a pecan into the top of each bar for decoration before baking 

8. Bake at 300 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool fully before storing to ensure the bars hold their shape.

* Store in the fridge for 3 weeks or freezer for up to 6 weeks. 

Nutritional Information (per bar) 
220 calories, 16g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 7g sugar, 8g protein