Homemade Almond Power Bars For Non-Lazy People

Here we are again. Another ski fest for my hubby means some super calorie dense healthy snacks to keep him going in the great outdoors. We are also down to 2 protein brownies, so it’s definitely time! He doesn’t like to take the brownies because he says they don’t hold up well to being tossed around the bottom of a backpack under snow shovels, probes and other backcountry ski essentials.

Imagine that, a brownie not holding up its shape after having a shovel and 10 lbs of junk thrown on top of it. Jeez, what was I thinking? :) Note that they hold up just fine in my work bag, under 2 pairs of shoes, mittens and pens, and a bunch of other random stuff I lug around with me in an eco friendly shopping bag. I figure if it can hold up to a day of being tossed around in that environment they pass the test…but that’s just me. What do you think?

The only dilemma is that I really make them for him, so if it doesn’t work in his environment than it’s back to the drawing board. He loves the following protein bar recipes because they really hold up, but the problem is I can’t just keep reposting the same recipe. I’m pretty sure all of you would catch on!

So I saw this power bar recipe on Kitchen Stewardship, almost by fluke really. It’s been such a popular recipe that people have copied it and posted about it. Always a good sign. It took linking through several websites to actually find the original owner. I recommend going over there. These bars were my first introduction to her site, but there is a bunch a great resources, information and recipes to keep you busy for a few hours.

I know I say a version of this EVERYTIME I post about a protein bar recipe, but I’ll say it again. Why? because I can. So here it is…

Protein bars are not for LAZY people.

I don’t care what people say. If you’re not out there running, hiking, skiing, swimming, lifting weights and what have you (I don’t need to list them all off, do I?), than reach for a freakin’ carrot (that’s a joke for those that don’t know my twisted sense of humour).

But seriously.

Reach for some kind of lovely natural food that has no sugar at all (or stevia). Veggies or nuts are good choices. Sugar converts to fat faster than anything else, so unless you’re burning it off baby, there are better choices. I have to be super careful with protein bars in general. I just don’t burn the same calories as hubby because I’m just not that active. I work out and move and stuff but not to the same degree….not by far. If you’re looking for a sweet treat that won’t wreck the caloric budget substitute stevia for honey in these Coconut Oil Chocolates or try small pieces of this mock Banana Almond Butter Fudge. Both delicious. 

I make these because my husband is 6’1 and 165lbs. He will shrink down to 145 in the blink of an eye if I don’t work really hard to feed him dense high calorie foods. Even then he loses a bunch of weight. I can’t imagine what he’d look like if I didn’t make these types of snacks. It would be a little scary.

 

I once worked at a heli skiing lodge and my co workers would ask me if I fed my partner because he looked emaciated…back then I think he was down to 145lbs mid winter season.

Ladies, don’t you just want to hate him? His goal is to attempt to maintain his weight. My goal is to not find what he loses.

Now I did make some changes to the recipe, not because the recipe wasn’t perfect the way it was, but because I have to. First off, those of you unfamiliar with copyright rules should know that you can’t copy anyone’s recipe without their consent. I think the rule is that you have to change at least 1 ingredient. Correct me if I’m wrong, those of you who may know the exact guidelines. The other is that I didn’t have all the ingredients I thought I had in my cupboards. If you want to see the original recipe at Kitchen Stewardship here’s the link.

The only thing I would say about these bars is that they are almost too good. I would maybe classify them under a dessert instead of a protein bar. Now that’s not a bad thing is it?

Almond Power Bars

  • 2 cups almonds, raw is best
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or sub in butter), melted
  • 3 Tbsp honey (I think this could be even reduced to 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 150 grams dark chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or butter

Using a food processor, blend the almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and almond butter for about 10 seconds.

Melt coconut oil. Add the honey and vanilla. Add the coconut oil concoction to the nut mixture in the food processor and blend until combined, approximately 10 seconds. Put the mixture into a lined 8×8 baking pan. I lined mine with parchment paper. Using your hands or the back of a large spoon, pack down the mixture to make a firm even layer. Place the baking pan in the fridge or freezer and allow it to cool and set. In the fridge it will take approximately 1 hour and in the freezer about 30 minutes. Meanwhile melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat. To do this, you can use the microwave, a sauce pan, or a bowl set over hot water. The result is about the same either way. Just remember that low heat is best since the chocolate burns easily at high temperatures.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the nut mixture, spreading a nice thin layer using a spatula. Allow the chocolate to set completely before slicing into individual squares. Put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Makes 20 squares at 250 calories a piece.

He is away on a 3 day ski trip, but I’m pretty sure these will stand up to his back pack just fine.

 I’m sharing this with Fight Back Fridays, Lunch Box Love, Frugal Fridays, Foodie Friday, My Meatless Mondays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food 101, Mangia Mondays, Monday Mania, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays Parade of Food, Fat TuesdaysA Little Birdie Told Me, Baking with Bizzy , This Weeks Craving and Food Friday.

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50 Responses to Homemade Almond Power Bars For Non-Lazy People

  1. Winnie December 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Wowwwww – great bars!
    Exercising or not – I’d love to eat them anytime

  2. Koko December 18, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Oh man do these ever look good!

    • France Morissette December 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks Koko!

  3. Ashley December 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Those look delicious, and are gluten, dairy, and egg free to boot! I’m excited to try them!

    • France Morissette December 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi Ashley, thanks for stopping by. Even though they don’t have all the traditional binding ingredients, they hold together wonderfully.

      • Muria October 9, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

        How do you think these would do if you left the nuts and seeds whole (I’m thinking of Kind’s almond coconut bars)? Would it hold together with the coconut oil/honey/almond butter, or do some of the nuts need to be processed to get the right consistency?

        • beyondthepeel October 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

          No they won’t hold. You’d need cooked syrup or something to hold these together if the nuts are broken down into smaller pieces.

  4. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles December 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    I love these power bars you’ve been introducing us to France and I just wish I had your hubby’s activity level and hypermetabolism as my excuses to justify them! ;) Your ingredients are spectacular. (Lovely polish too! :)).

    • France Morissette December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      I recently read about the effects of cold weather on one’s metabolism. For example swimmers burn more calories than runners because the body has to work even harder to maintain its preferred body temperature. I honestly think this is the key to Joshua. Being out in the cold all day long, coupled with the physical exertion, it is a massive catalyst for burning massive calories. Maybe I need to get back into swimming. :)

  5. maiylah December 19, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    oh wow…that looks like something i’d grab without thinking!

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, France
    ps. love the polish, too… :)

    • France Morissette December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

      Thanks Maiylah! They could be dangerous little bars if ones not careful!

  6. Joanne December 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    These sound delicious! And I love your disclaimer. Even healthy food needs to be eaten in moderation if you’re going to be sitting around doing nothing all day!

    These would be perfect for when I go back to marathon training!

    • France Morissette December 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      I hope the healing progress is speedy for you Joanne! One of the things about protein bars and power bars is that people often reach for them because they think they’re healthy but so often the store bought ones are so jacked up with junk they would be better off reaching for a cookie!

  7. Jen December 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi France. . . I am totally making these for my hubs. He is so addicted to those crappy “energy bars” from the gym. These look like an awesome replacement. Can’t wait to try!

  8. Linda December 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Yumm… these look amazing!! I love every ingredient in these! I’m no where near your husband’s metabolism burning ability, so I’ll just have a little at a time!!

    • France Morissette December 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      hehe Linda, that’s what I have to do too!

  9. Vicky January 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    These look sooo good!

  10. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom January 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi France.

    Nice post. By the way, we did have a lawyer come to speak to our blogger’s group (Katie is in it :-), though I don’t think she was there) and he said you can copy recipes, but not directions. Hope that helps :-). I do like your alterations, though :-).

    • France Morissette January 4, 2012 at 5:40 am #

      Hi Adrienne, That’s good to know. I’d hate to infringe on copyright laws! :)

  11. Jennifer January 4, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    Those look delicious! I’ll have to give these a try.

  12. Jenn/Rook No. 17 January 10, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    France, I’m going to be bookmarking this recipe so that I can justify trying it once I get my lazy buns moving!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the creative spirit and camaraderie on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17. I hope you’ll feel inspired to join in again this week!

    Warmest wishes,
    Jenn

    P.S. I’m featuring your recipe on my Facebook page today.

    • France Morissette January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      Hi Jenn! Thanks and I will be there sharing my preserved lemon recipe. Have a great week.

  13. katie February 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    What do your recommend as a substitute for the sunflower seeds? My husband is extremely allergic.

  14. France Morissette February 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi Katie. I think you could substitute any other nut in it’s place, even just with extra hazelnuts or subbing them out for walnuts or brazil nuts. Hope that helps.

  15. anonymous May 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    A little off the topic of the recipe but I’m pretty sure recipes are not under copyright protection. A recipe as defined as a list of ingredients that is. People can be touchy about it so it’s nice to give credit for recipes but I’m pretty sure not a legal requirement.  And most certainly you are not required to change any ingredients.

  16. Kay DeFreese July 8, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    What kind of chocolate?  Is it bittersweet, semi-sweet  or unsweetened?  Thanks

    • beyondthepeel July 8, 2012 at 5:01 am #

      Hi Kay,
      We buy dark chocolate, usually 70 % but you could go to 60%. We buy chocolate bars because I don’t have access to fair trade organic chocolate in the baking isle.

      However, if you’re using baking chocolate you would probably want to do it with semi sweet (I find it a little on the sweet side for me, but it depends on your tastes). Or you can mix some unsweetened and semi sweet chocolate to get the right level of sweetness for you and your family.

  17. Kasd9726 July 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Can u change out the types of nuts used in the bars….we have allergies to some of the nuts used…….hazelnuts and sunflower seeds…thanks

    • France Morissette July 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Hi Kasd, The ingredients are super flexible. You can just substitute in a different nut or seed.

  18. Launie August 11, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    OFF TOPIC can you buy a hard copy of your cookbook rather than digital??

    • beyondthepeel August 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Launie, thanks for asking. It’s only available in a digital version. Let me know if you have any other questions about it.

    • beyondthepeel August 13, 2012 at 5:24 am #

      Hi Launie, thanks for checking. We don’t offer a hard copy of the book, but we do have a special going on for the digital version for the next 3 days. You can find out more at http://www.beyondthepeel.net/wfr

  19. Vanessa Hill September 17, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    I’m making these today. Perfect afternoon snack when I need a pick me up! I added some mulberries to mine and am going to sprinkle some coarse sea salt on the chocolate for a sweet and salty taste. Can’t wait to eat them! I’m going to have to have some willpower with these to eat only one in a sitting.

    • Vanessa Hill November 12, 2012 at 1:43 am #

      These were so good! I’d like to add that I put some in the freezer and when I wanted one I took it out and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.

  20. Myrna Silva December 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    The chocolate on top is a must! I made half without the chocolate and it’s definitely better with it. No hazelnuts, used cashews and added raisins, chia. coconut flour, and some hemp so as to really be a “protein” bar Outstanding!!!! You’re right about keeping a dense snack on hand for those of us who have trouble maintaining weight. As soon as one snack runs out I make a new one of yours.

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  21. Stephanie L. Moore Hendrickson April 4, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Any chance you can provide the protein & carbs on the Almond Power Bars?

    • beyondthepeel April 6, 2013 at 3:05 am #

      You can always use a calorie counting site to give nutritional values of recipes. I like My Fitness Pal or Live Strong.

  22. Riss May 16, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Thank you for this recipe! Had my daughter home from school today, and we made these together. They’re excellent! Really addictive. Have to remember not to eat too many. LOL

  23. Erin June 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Great recipe, although your write up is somewhat offensive. If someone wants to make healthier choices, this is a great way to start by not reaching for a donut or brownie. They do not necessarily need to reach for a carrot (seriously?! Let’s just shame people who aren’t as fit as you or your husband). It’s not really your place to say or judge. Why does having a blog instantly make people think they can give advice on whatever they feel like?! Whether we work out or not (and yes, I work out daily), we all deserve a treat…and kudos to those who are seeking out healthy alternatives. Refined sugar is extremely addicting and replacing it with healthy snacks such as these, although high in caloric value, is still a healthier option and lifestyle.

    • joyjamiebrady . June 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

      There’s no reason to get snarky. Just because it offended you doesn’t mean you have to put it out there and be rude. It didn’t offend all of us. Believe me, I am in no way shape or form, a hiker or someone who works out like I need to. Even I looked at it and said, yeah, I’m not going to munch on these all day long, because I won’t burn it off. It can be healthy all day long, but too much of it isn’t good if all you do is sit around all day. It wasn’t shaming. People need to quit thinking that just because someone says something ‘matter of fact’ that they are being judgmental. And technically I wouldn’t say ‘we deserve a treat’. We like a treat. What makes one person ‘deserve’ a treat and another ‘doesn’t deserve’ one. Just make it or don’t make it. But please don’t bring snark to a site that doesn’t demand your attention. Some of us like it here and don’t want that negativity.

  24. Rachel June 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Don’t really want to make these because you feel that your commentary is necessary…but you’re right. You can say what you want. I’ll just pin from the other blog instead.

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