Because I’m sure my energy bite obsession is probably starting to annoy, I decided to shake things up a bit with with a batch of protein bars. Equally delicious and nutritious, these bars are still great for an on-the-go breakfast or a pick-me-up in the middle of the day. Maybe they’re not as cute, but they are rather more elegant, especially with that dusting of desiccated coconut on the top.
Pina Colada is the flavor, and awe-inspiringly yummy is the result. They remind of me of tranquil afternoons spent cruising through the Caribbean and listening to seagulls squawk in the distance. And no, these do not contain rum. 😉
I’ve got to say – I still think I like energy bites better. But it was nice to mix things up all the same.
Pina Colada Protein Bars
3 cups oats
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 tbsp chia
1 tsp salt
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 cup fresh or crushed pineapple
1 small banana
1/4 cup coconut
3 tbsp honey/agave
2 tbsp flour
1. In a food processor, process banana, pineapple, coconut, and honey until smooth.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cooked quinoa, chia, salt, protein powder, and flour. Pour the pineapple banana mixture over the oats and stir until well-combined.
3. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out the oat mixture until about half an inch thick. Top with desiccated coconut. Cut into desired size.