We are  week 1 into our Eat Good and Get Fit Challenge and looking back at my week I realized that my biggest downfall, apart from getting 8 hours of sleep a night, was not eating all my meals within 5 hours of each other.   Certainly a surprise to me, I mean, c’mon, that does not seem hard to accomplish at all!  Well, apparently for me, it is!  Especially on the weekends when we try to catch up on life.

I decided I needed some sort of portable “go to” snack that I can keep handy which does not need to refrigerated.

I have been making homemade DIY larabars for a while now, but now that I am “zoning”, the recipe needed some balancing.  The old recipe I followed was essentially 3 parts dried pitted dates to 1 part nuts – with some occasional fun additions like shredded coconut and chocolate chips.

Following that basic outline, here is what I came up with.

“Zonemade” Protein Larabars

I measured out the ingredients to make 10 zone blocks worth of goo.

  • 20-25 dates [6-7 dates = 30g C - 3g fiber = 27 net C. I needed 18 C/serving so I did 4-5 dates/serving depending on how big they were]
  • 15 almonds [3 per F block * 5]
  • 7.5 tablespoon of Bob’s Red Mill Flaked Coconut, Unsweetened [1.5 tbsp per F block * 5 = 7.5 tablespoons]
  • 2.75 scoops of Optimum Nutrition Whey Gold Standard Double Chocolate protein powder [1 scoop = 24g P]

I started by adding a few tablespoons of water to the coconut because it seemed really dry, I let that absorb until the coconut got a little “mushy”.

I then added the dates to the food processor and pulsed them into a moderate mush.  Next I added in the coconut and almonds and blended it some more.

The protein powder was added in last,  and I blended the sh!t out of it!  I added a little more water as it blended until I got a nice sticky consistency and the protein powder was no longer powder (waited until I didn’t see any more ‘dryness’).  I was very careful with how much water I added – I didn’t want to lose the dates stickiness and make the mixture (sorry for this reference if it makes you think of what it makes me think of) “loose”.

Finally, I layed out some plastic wrap and dumped the mixture on it and smooshed it together sort of like rolling sushi.

Unwrap, cut it into 5 pieces and wrap them individually for five 2 block snacks!

The Verdict?

They are pretty tasty!   All the protein powder can give them a slightly “dry taste” here and there if you don’t get the moisture right.  Overall? They are easy convenient little sweet tasty snacks.

I should note that I would prefer and suggest to get ones protein from ‘real foods’ – but skipping a meal vs. these little tasty treats?  I choose these little beasties!

PS: I can’t remember the brand of dates I used, but I got them at Costco.