I promise I have been eating other real meals, and not just protein bars and protein breads like these strawberry coconut protein bars 😉
It’s just that I have been able to come up with quite a few good recipes, and am on a mission to not buy packaged protein bars!
This week I discovered coconut flour. I never bought it because I thought I would hate the taste (sometimes I do not like coconut flavor). But, you never know until you give it a try!
I got this Let’s Do Organic Coconut Flour from Whole Paycheck for about $5.
I am loving the nutrition facts: Did you know that coconut flour is mostly fiber?! It contains 6 grams of fiber per 2 Tbsp. serving (and 2 g fat, 3 g protein). There is a decent amount of protein in the flour considering the small serving size. AND coconut flour is a good source of iron. Who knew!?
Anyway, let’s move on to the recipe!
Strawberry Coconut Protein Bars/Cake
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 2-4 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 scoops protein powder (vanilla–whatever brand you prefer–I used whey)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tbsp. stevia
- 1 tsp. honey
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk)
- 1-2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1/3-1/2 cup chopped strawberries (I used frozen strawberries)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with olive oil spray.
- Mix all ingredients except fruit until the coconut flour is no longer in clumps.
- Stir in the fruit. Pour into baking dish and bake about 27-30 minutes.
Note: I turned my oven down to 325 F halfway through baking because I thought the edges were getting a little dark too soon.
Nutrition Facts (1 bar; 9 bars per recipe): Approx. 105 calories, 4 g fat, 9 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2.5 g sugar, 7 g protein
Perfect! They taste like a dessert. In the future, I might reduce the stevia and not even put the honey in because I could tolerate them being less sweet.