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Another great recipe - Nourishing Protein Bars

I LOVE THIS ONE! This recipe comes from the Passionate Homemaking blog. I have copied it here in its entirety. Any modifications I have made from the original recipe, I have highlighted in red.

Nourishing Protein Bars


2 cups almonds
1/4 cup flax seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds (ground in a coffee grinder or blender) – I used flax seed
1/2 cup dried prunes, dates or raisins (I used raisins)
½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
½ cup unsalted peanut butter (original recipe uses almond butter, but I didn’t have that - I used almond butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil (melted)- I used 3/4 cup of coconut butter
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (we used honey!)
2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

A few squares dark chocolate, less than half a bar needed for thin layer (optional) – I melted about 1/4 bag of chocolate chips in a small saucepan for the topping - I use a 70% cacao bar, melted


Place almonds, flax meal/seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut, almond/peanut butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly for about 10 seconds.In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat. Remove coconut oil from stove, stir sweeteners and vanilla into oil. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve. Makes about 12-15 bars. Store in refrigerator or freeze for later enjoyment!

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  1. Sounds really good! Can you share some of the daily foods you eat to stay healthy? I feel like I am in a rut :)

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  2. Hi again...in answer to your comments:

    Yes, I suppose I could run while pregnant. But between the horrible morning sickness and being as big as a whale, why would I want to? ;)

    My first half will be in New Bedford, MA next month...and I'm very scared because I have not been running the long distances like I used to. I'm hoping to get a few long weekend runs in before the race.

    Are you trying to have baby #4 come out a girl? You know, so you'll follow my pattern?!?!

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