Kevin and I had such a great time camping this weekend. It’s exactly what we needed.
There were many good eats to be had (including these high protein, gluten-free, homemade protein bars) naps, and long, long roads to venture down.
We had planned to stay at the campsite until this morning, but decided to head home a day early to beat the long weekend rush. There’s nothing worse than closing off a relaxing trip by being stuck in a 300km traffic jam with every other camper and their dog… literally. We enjoyed a warm dinner by the fire last night, then leisurely made our way home.
Today, we have every intention to nurture our relaxed mood until we head back into the office tomorrow morning. A big pancake breakfast is definitely in our future, followed by a long walk with the puppies, and perhaps; in keeping with camping tradition, we may treat ourselves to a nice long nap this afternoon. Sure sounds a lot better than trudging through traffic!
One of the items I prepared in advance for our trip were these protein bars. As much Kevin would love to live on a diet of hot dogs, roasted marshmallows and potato chips while we’re camping, that just wont fly with this girl!
In planning this recipe, I wanted to create a snack for us that:
- could be squished in a cooler and still taste good
- low in sugar
- high in protein
Kevin’s version was raisin-free, mine was raisin packed. We make a good team he and I!
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup mashed banana or ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce *see note
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp non-dairy milk
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract or flesh from 1 vanilla bean
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup unflavored protein powder – I used sprouted brown rice powder *see note
- ¼ cup ground or milled flax seed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp gluten-free baking soda (double if using this product)
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- pinch ground cloves
- ¾ cup shredded carrots
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 tbsp coconut butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375F and line an baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer.
- Whisk dry ingredients in a small bowl. Once incorporated, add to the wet mix and mix until smooth.
- Add shredded carrots and raisins. Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes to thicken up.
- Scoop approximately ⅓ cup at a time into your hand. Shape into a bar and place on prepared baking sheet. You can also shape the bars on the baking sheet, I found that was easiest.
- Bake bars for 22-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean, the bottoms of the bars or golden, and the tops are cracking slightly.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack
- Once cooled completely, top with a drizzle of coconut butter.
Begin by lining up your ingredients.
In two separate bowls, combined wet ingredients in one, and dry in the other. Be sure to give the dry ingredients a good whisk so that everything is fully combined.
Add dry to wet and blend with a hand blender or spatula. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes to thicken up. Don’t be concerned if the mix is too wet at first, coconut flour will do it’s magic if left for just a couple of moments.
Add your carrots and raisins…
Stir until combined, then start shaping into bars!
Throw in the oven, clean up your messy kitchen… and await the awesomeness that is about to be your favorite homemade protein creation!
Do you enjoy camping?
If so, do you find it challenging to eat healthy when you’re camping?