For mornings when you’re running out the door and have no time to make breakfast at home, these almond butter protein bars are a lifesaver!
Over the past year and a half, I have been trying really hard to make myself breakfast at home each morning. I used to run out the door with wet hair in an attempt to catch the bus or El and usually (read: always) had a lack-luster granola bar in hand. On good days, I might have a smoothie but that was rare.
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In order to eat breakfast at home, I have to get up earlier, but have found that my days are so much better if I eat a balanced breakfast.
Here are a few of my typical go-to breakfasts:
- 1/2 cup oats cooked on the stove with water and Califia Farms Unsweetend Almondmilk and mixed with fruit (mixed berries or banana) and PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
- Smoothie made of mixed berries, banana, lots of greens, greek yogurt, and topped with chia seeds and granola.
- Two slices of sprouted toast with all sorts of toppings – avocado, yogurt/fruit/super seed blend, peanut butter/fruit/chia seeds.
All of these breakfasts combine whole grains, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. And that combination is the key to keeping me full – otherwise the hangries show up around 10:30…
But let’s be furreal, breakfast at home definitely does not happen every morning. Some days I am running out the door to an early meeting or heading to work straight from the gym. And it’s those days when these almond butter protein bars save me.
These protein bars are made with some of my favorite ingredients – almond butter (duh!), Kodiak Cakes Protein Packed Flapjack and Waffle Mix, medjool dates, and honey. Each bar comes in at 320 calories and is packed with 12 grams of protein!
Next week I will be sharing another protein packed breakfast you can eat as you are running out the door. But until then, happy weekend!
I’d love it if you’d make these Almond Butter Protein Bars and keep them in your fridge for breakfast on the go! And don’t forget to post a picture social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!
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Almond Butter Protein Bars
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 10 bars or 30 bites 1x
- 1 1/2 cups Kodiak Cakes protein packed pancake and flapjack mix
- 1 packet Aloha vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup natural almond butter (I used Trader Joe’s crunchy!)
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt*
- Line a 8×8 in baking pan with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrap down the sides and continue to pulse until a dough begins to form.
- Using your hands, press dough in the pan evenly.
- Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, cut into 10 bars and store in the fridge.
Omit salt if your almond butter is salted.
You can also make this recipe into Almond Butter Protein Bites – you should get approximately 30 bites.
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These sound fantastic & use my favorite waffle mix too!!
Thanks Heather! I (somewhat) recently discovered Kodiak Cakes and now I’m obsessed!
I cannot wait to try these. I have a box of Kodiak cake mix in my pantry right now just waiting to be used. Awesome work as always, Ellie! Xo
Thanks Jamie!! I hope you love them. I currently have these bars in energy bite form in my fridge and cannot get enough!
I love that you used kodiak cakes in these! Perfect PWO treat 🙂
Right?! I’m posting another Kodiak Cake recipe next week… I’m obsessed.
ELLIE! I have Kodiak Protein mix! I’m going to make these right now.
YES! DO IT! I’m currently snacking on an energy bite version :))
I’m always looking for ways to force more protein into my diet. These sounds like they wouldn’t take much forcing, though!
Definitely no forcing necessary 😉
Ok I totally need to try that kodiak’s pancake mix! I see it every time I go to costco! I just need to take the plunge! These look delicious!
Yes you do! I heard people talking about it and saw the mix at Costco but didn’t want to commit to that much… So I bought a normal sized box somewhere else and now I’m wishing I had the Costco size!
Well that’s niffy! What a great use for the mix!
I thought so – I hope you enjoy them!
i am the same way when it comes to breakfast in the morning..always rushing with either a smoothie or something grab and go. i have never tried making protein bars with almond butter, needs to try this.
Oh you must try it! I’ve also made them with peanut butter and they are equally wonderful!
Yum these look so good! I make my husband Kodak cakes almost three times a week haha I’ll have to try these! I recently bought the peanut butter ones, have you tried those?
No I haven’t, but I bet they would be amazing in these bars! Have you tried the mix yet?
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Does omitting the protein powder make a big difference in texture?
It doesn’t. I have made this recipe as written and without the added protein powder and they are almost identical! Thanks Paul – I hope you love them!
May I substitute the aloha protein powder for one I have on hand? If so how much is in a pouch?
Definitely! I think it would be great with a chocolate protein powder as well as the vanilla. Each pouch is 1.3 ounces, but I just measured it and it was just over 1/4 cup!
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Do you list the points for Weight Watchers?
Hi Diane, I don’t list the WW points because I am not familiar with their system or how they are calculated. I would assume there is a way to plug all of the ingredients into a WW calculator and determine it. I’m sorry I could not be more helpful!