Hi guys! I’m in the process of moving and the majority of my time has been spend building beds, moving boxes, and organizing our stuff. I didn’t realize how much of it we have! How my boyfriend and I managed to fit all of our stuff in a one bedroom apartment with one main closet and one coat closet is beyond me. Now, I’m in North Carolina! So, this week I thought I’d mix it up and feature another awesome fitness and healthy living blogger who knows how to make a mean energy bar! I love her plant-based take on cooking and her recipes are seriously yummy! Another #girlboss and #gymrat who has had an amazing fitness transformation… Bri!
Hi there Life in Spandex readers! I’m Bri from thehappyhurricane.com, where I regularly post fitness tips and plant-based recipes like this one. This recipe is sweet meets tart, and it requires no baking! Eat these, Instagram ’em, impress your friends with them. They will not disappoint!
In my opinion one of the best things about summer is that so many amazing fruits come into season like strawberries, peaches, and cherries. They are so delicious and they are everywhere. Have you ever bitten into cool, tender, juicy peach on a hot day? Heavenly!
It seems like most recipes on the web are using these fruits in pies or desserts. I’m not about that sugary life. So I decided to make a healthy recipe that won’t mess with my fitness goals.
The secret to these babies is very simple: lime. Lime and cherry go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cherries are so sweet and the tart lime cuts right through and makes the mouth happy.
So without further ado:
Cherry Pie Protein Bars
- 1 cup quick cook oats
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup fresh pitted cherries
- 3 tbsp lime juice
1. Blend the oats, almonds, almond butter, and protein powder in a food processor or blender until you have a grainy powder. Pour this powder into a medium size bowl.
2. Take half of the pitted cherries and blend them up. Add this to the bowl of dry powder. Don’t worry about stirring yet.
3. Dice up the remaining cherries and add these to the powder. Then add the lime juice and stir. By the time you are done stirring you should have a very thick consistency that is very tough to stir. If your mixture is too easy to stir try adding some more blended oats. If it’s too dry add another tablespoon of lime juice.
4. Take this mixture and lay it out onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Spread the mixture out either using another sheet of more parchment paper or your hands. Try and form the mixture into a square shape.
5. Put the tray in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
6. After the 30 minutes, remove the tray from the fridge and cut your protein bar into your desired shape. And vwallah!
Don’t forget to take photos and brag to your friends that you can make your own protein bars. Who needs all that processed crap anyway?
To find more recipes like this visit thehappyhurricane.com, or find me on Instagram @the_happy_hurricane.
I hope you all enjoyed Bri’s recipe!! I can’t wait to make them myself :). Let me know in the comment box below your favorite fruit combinations and if you’d like more guest posts like this one!
Health and happiness,