An unbelievably easy homemade protein bar with only four ingredients! Chewy and loaded with almond butter and honey flavors – gluten free and dairy free!
So, we’re fully moved in to the new house and surrounded by boxes (but we’re reducing those a little day by day). And as I write this, I’m smack in the middle of an awful cold. A few days ago I woke up with a sore throat, and thought it was just from the fact that the air was dry and that I’d slept for all of, oh, I don’t know… three hours over the last few days. The cats have been having a rough time with the move, and apparently the way they deal with it is by crawling all over us when we’re trying to sleep, clawing their new rug, and trying to climb the walls. Literally. We decided to try locking them out of the bedroom at night (which they’ve never had done in their approximately 11 years of life), and let me tell you.. that went SO well. One of the cats just slept on a perch downstairs, upside down, snoring. The other dealt with it by screaming at the top of his lungs for five straight hours.
So… no sleep for Leslie. And that is why I assumed I had a sore throat. I was very wrong, because over the next 24 hours it got so bad I couldn’t swallow without tears welling up in my eyes. And with the next 24 hours, a cough, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing. Now I’m so congested I’ve become a total mouth-breathing barbarian. I can’t taste anything, I can’t smell anything, and hearing things is 50/50 because the congestion has moved to my ears.
Lucky for you, you’re probably not sick (at least I hope not – if you are, feel free to come over and be gross with me while I watch Supernatural reruns turned up to 11) and you can taste these wonderful copycat Rise almond honey protein bars.
These bars are so easy to whip up and keep in the fridge, you’re going to have a hard time not making them in gigantic batches. The recipe below makes 8 bars, so if you want to make more, just double up! You can wrap them individually in parchment paper and plastic wrap and stack them in a container in the fridge so that you can grab and go during the week.
I decided to make a copycat recipe for these after I’d tried them at Bill’s aunt and uncle’s house when we evacuated in March during the storms. They were kind enough to let us stay with them and made us delicious meals every night. In between, I was so stressed about the condition of the house that I didn’t have much of an appetite, so in between meals I snacked on the Rise bars they had in the pantry. I was hooked. But to save money (because, you know, mortgage), I wanted to know I could make them myself.
Let’s talk ingredients:
- Vanilla protein powder: I always use Vega Protein & Greens because it’s gluten free and soy free.
- Almond flour: I highly recommend Bob’s Red Mill.
- Almond butter: I’m still trying to find my favorite brand, but I’ve had success with MaraNatha and Barney.
- Raw honey: As always, I used Boston Honey Company honey, but if you don’t have access to that you can use any raw honey you want.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
Here’s what I use for this recipe, in visual form since I heart pictures:
An unbelievably easy homemade protein bar with only four ingredients! Chewy and loaded with almond butter and honey flavors.
- In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, combine all ingredients until well combined and smooth.
- Roll out dough onto a piece of parchment paper into a square or rectangle about 1/2″ thick.
- Slice into 8 equally sized bars (or 12, if you’d like them to be smaller).
- Wrap each bar in plastic wrap for an easy grab-and-go snack, or stack between layers of parchment paper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!
If left at room temperature, they become a bit oily and melty, so make sure you keep them in the fridge until ready to consume.