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Friday, April 15, 2011

Passover Protein Bars

One of the reasons Adam gets so hungry at Passover is that he can't snack on his Clif bars or Optimum bars while he's at work. So I created this recipe to give him something tasty and satisfying to nibble on. For Adam, having chocolate in these babies is a must! This makes a lot, because I wanted to have enough for him to take to work and to have some at home - these are a big hit with the girls too, but you can easily halve the recipe.

If you are not observing Passover, you can use peanut butter instead of almond butter and any kind of unsweetened puffed grain cereal in place of the quinoa. These are a great, nutritious, high-protein snack anytime of year and much cheaper than anything you would buy in the store.

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heaping 1/2 cup almond butter
4 heaping tbls coconut oil

6 cups puffed quinoa (or other cereal)
1 lb (about 4 cups) mixed dried fruit and nuts of choice (I used currents, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews and almonds)

Slowly melt chocolate, almond butter and oil over boiling water. Stir until smooth and remove from heat. Stir cereal and fruit/nuts/seedss into chocolate mixture. Scrape into one 9x12 and one 9x9 pan, spread evenly and press down firmly. Refrigerate until firm. Remove from fridge and cut into squares or bar shapes of desired size. Store in airtight container.