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A chewy, gooey, chocolatey, no-bake, dairy-free protein bar.
Warning! These bars are definitely gooey. I recommend having a napkin close by to discreetly wipe your hands after you finish it. When my toddler ate one his whole face and hands were covered in a sweet, sticky mess afterwards, which he delighted in, of course.
You could use powdered egg whites to reduce the stickiness but the cost is expensive in comparison to a carton of pasteurized egg whites. So I think it’s worth putting up with a bit of gooeyness. Speaking of egg white, make sure to use a carton of pasteurized egg whites since this recipe is no-bake. You don’t want to risk food poisoning anyone with raw eggs!
a true copycat recipe
The front package of the RX bar gave me a good starting point since they pretty much spell out the recipe right there. Using that as a starting point and then tweaking the ingredients to match the nutrition info, I nailed the copycat! Check this out:
|RX Bar||Copycat Version|
|210 calories||208 calories|
|9g fat||8g fat|
|24g carbs||27g carbs|
|6g fibre||5g fibre|
|15g sugar||17g sugar|
|12g protein||12.5g protein|
why this RX bar copycat recipe a smart choice
The protein in egg whites is high in what we call “biological value.” First: a little primer on proteins. Proteins are composed of different building blocks called amino acids. A good comparison is the alphabet. Words are composed of a specific order and combination of letters. Likewise, proteins are composed of a specific order and combination of amino acids. During digestion, proteins get broken down to amino acids. The body then uses these building blocks to make the proteins it needs: whether that be muscle tissue, hormones, or immune cells, etc.
So when a protein has high biological value, it contains a similar proportion of essential amino acids to what our body typically needs to use.
Additionally, each bar provides 2 tbsp of nuts. In the nutrition world, we are realizing more and more how much a daily serving of nuts can help prevent heart disease and other chronic conditions. If it were up to me, I’d consider including nuts and seeds as a separate food group with its own daily recommendation!
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations!
chocolate sea salt RX bars (copycat recipe)
- 1 1/2 cups whole dried dates
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 1 cup whole cashews
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups pasteurized egg whites
- coarse salt sea salt or pickling salt
- Place dates into a microwavable bowl
- Pour water over dates until just covered.
- Microwave dates until soft and water has evaporated (use 30 second intervals)
- Pour nuts into food processor and pulse until finely chopped
- Pour cocoa into food processor. Give it a couple of pulses to mix
- Pour egg whites into food processor. Pulse until mixed
- Dump contents of food processor into a bowl
- Dump softened dates into food processor
- Pulse until blended
- Add in the nut mixture and pulse until blended
- Line a 9×9 with parchment paper
- Dump mixture onto parchment and smooth out
- Sprinkle with coarse salt (sea salt if you prefer)
- Refrigerate until firm.
- Cut into 12 bars.
Calories: 208 | Fat: 8g | Carbs: 27g | Fibre: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Protein: 12.5g
For more high protein snack ideas:
- Chocolate peanut butter protein bars (no-bake)
- Energy balls (15 different types!)
- High protein/low sugar afternoon snack ideas
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