Healthy Protein Bars To Make at Home

You probably know it’s important to get enough protein, but if you’re not chowing down on a good amount of meat, it can be a challenge. Give your body what it needs with tasty, protein-packed bars that are full of wholesome, fresh ingredients. Prep these ahead of time, and you have a great on-the-go snack that will help you curb cravings before your meals, or when you need an extra boost throughout the day. Here, we rounded up the healthiest and easiest protein bar recipes that you can feel great about.

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Feature Image and Recipe for Matcha Energy Bars by Grateful Grazer

Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups dates, pitted + roughly chopped
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder + additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs unsweetened
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, vanilla, + 2 tsp matcha powder in food processor and pulse until well-combined. Mixture should stick together like a dough when pressed. If mixture is falling a part, add a few more dates and process again until combined.
  2. Add cacao nibs and pulse just enough for cacao to be dispersed throughout.
  3. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper (so bars are easier to remove later) and add bars to dish. Use hands or the back of a spoon to press the mixture down until it is compact and smooth. Sprinkle coconut and additional matcha on top and press down with back of spoon.
  4. Place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Remove bars from dish by pulling out parchment paper. Cut into bars + store in fridge for up to 1 week.

 

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Healthy Coffee Recipes

It’s time to turn your morning caffeine fix into something seriously healthy. Whether you like your coffee blended and sweet or hot and simple, there are ways to add nutritious ingredients to make your morning routine better—and tastier. Here are nine coffee recipes to try this week.

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Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Filled Donuts

This was my second attempt at donut-making, and I can definitely notice the second time was better than the first. The whole yeast thing really intimidates me but once you get the frying technique down (plus a lot of patience!), you get a really tasty reward!

Coconut Acai Bowls

Acai bowls are great, but acai bowls in a coconut? Even better! After manhandling that coconut to get it open, I felt like Wonder Woman herself. After banging it on outdoor patio furniture I finally saw a crack in the armor and was able to pry it open. After that I topped the acai with fresh cherries, kiwi and mint from our garden. I used the left over coconut meat to make Tahitian coconut bread. Yum!!

10 French Desserts You’ve Never Heard Of

It’s no secret the French know their desserts. They are the creators of the ever-popular macaron and the masters of sophisticated crème brûlée. But France has much more up its culinary sleeve that rivals even the classic confections you’ve come to love. Here, we’ve uncovered 10 new, tasty recipes that will be contenders for the next “IT” French dessert.

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Mexican Street Food You Can Make at Home

Mexico is known for being home to some of the most vibrant and flavorful dishes in the world. It’s one of the few places where authentic street food rivals even the fancy restaurants that share the same roads. While taking a trip down south might be difficult for many, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the delicacies Mexico has to offer. Here, we rounded up the best Mexican street food recipes—no translation required.

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The Best Breakfasts for On-The-Go

We get it: You’re hungry and running late so you reach for a packaged breakfast bar or race through a drive-thru—or, even worse, skip breakfast altogether. We are here to tell you there’s another way. With a little prep the day before (or even the day-of), you can have a healthy breakfast treat that will keep you full until lunchtime. Here are 14 grab-and-go breakfast ideas for even the busiest mornings.

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Dainty Garden Cupcakes

There’s something so rewarding about pulling fruit and mint from your garden and using it as a garnish for cupcakes. These strawberry kumquat cupcakes are made with a cream cheese frosting, almonds and a touch of shredded coconut.

Summer Berry Tarts

It’s berry season again! I used blackberries, sunshine raspberries, strawberries and blueberries to make a colorful tart that is perfect for hosting. The crème patissiere filling gives it a soft center and the almond crust is an excellent vessel for this vibrant dessert.

Almond Crust:

  1. Cut 1/2 cup cold butter into small pieces and place in bowl. Or stand mixer with paddle attachment. Work butter to homogenize then add each ingredient fully before the next one: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup ground almonds, pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 egg and 1 2/3 cup flour.
  2. When dough comes together, form a ball and place in fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Roll out dough into desired tart pan. Poke holes with fork.
  4. Place in preheated oven 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Crème Patisserie:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup milk to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk 3 egg yolks and 3 tbs sugar together in a small bowl. Add 3tbs flour, and mix until smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Thin egg-yolk mixture with approximately 1/4 cup of warm milk. When remaining milk begins to boil, add it to egg-yolk mixture, and stir well. Return to saucepan, and place over high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until pastry cream thickens and boils, about 1 minute. (Turning the pan as you whisk helps to easily reach all areas of pan.)

  3. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, whisking constantly, until cream becomes shiny and easier to stir, about 2 minutes more. Pour into a bowl, and stir in vanilla. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming, and allow to cool.

 Fill tarts with crème patisserie once the crust is cool. Top with your favorite berries, nuts, honey or mint!