These Hazelnut Collagen Protein Bars are just what you need for a low carb, Keto and Paleo friendly sweet treat. Not only are they low carb, but they're dairy free, egg free, no-bake and require only 6 simple ingredients.
These bars took three tries to photograph - I just could not get a decent photo! Good thing I like them so much that I didn't mind re-creating them over and over. However, that leads me to the fact that they're not exactly pretty. But what they lack for in beauty, they make up in taste!
This keto protein bar recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy treat. I like stashing them in the freezer for easy access and to curb any sugar cravings. In addition, these bars are:
- gluten free
- grain free
- dairy free
- egg free
- easy to make
I'd say that list makes for the perfect homemade Paleo protein bar.
Ingredients in Hazelnut Collagen Protein Bars
These dairy free hazelnut bars contain 6 simple ingredients. 8 If you include the dark chocolate + coconut oil topping. Which, I recommend, but it's definitely an "extra" that isn't needed.
The ingredients include:
- dry roasted hazelnuts
- shredded coconut
- monk fruit sweetener
- vanilla extract
- dark chocolate (optional)
- coconut oil (optional)
The bulk of this recipe is hazelnuts, coconut and collagen. These ingredients are absolutely necessary for this particular protein bar recipe.
However, a few substitutions may be made. For instance, monk fruit sweetener isn't required. Any sweetener may be used (think coconut sugar, date sugar, stevia...) or you can eliminate the sweetener completely. The vanilla extract and salt enhance the flavor of these bars. But again, can be left out if you so desire.
In my opinion, the perfect protein bar contains some sort of chocolate coating. Or, drizzle in this case. I melted an ounce of dark chocolate with coconut oil and drizzled it over the bars after they had set and were cut. Then, added a pinch of bee pollen.
How to Make Hazelnut Protein Bars
These Paleo nut bars are made in a food processor. A powerful blender should work too.
First, add hazelnuts and shredded coconut to the food processor. Blend until mixture forms a course flour.
Then, add all remaining ingredients (except chocolate and coconut oil) and blend until mixture starts to clump. Stop every so often to scrape the sides.
Line an 8" x 4" baking pan with plastic wrap, foil or parchment. Firmly press the mixture into the baking pan. Place in the freezer at least one hour to set.
After bars have set, remove from freezer and cut into 8 equally sized pieces. Then, if you so desire, drizzle melted chocolate onto the bars. To do this, melt chocolate and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over low heat. Stir frequently until fully melted. Spread out bars on a piece of parchment paper and drizzle with chocolate.
These bars need to be stored in the fridge or freezer. However, I think they keep best in the freezer.
More Paleo Protein Bar Recipes
I'm a pretty big lover of protein bars, bites and balls. They're just so easy to make and there are so many possible flavor combinations! Plus, the fact that most don't require any baking is a huge win. Makes for a faster prep time and you don't have to turn on the oven.
Here are some other easy, low carb protein bar recipes from my site:
- Paleo Protein Bars
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
- Chocolate Covered Collagen Bites
- Nut Free Energy Bites
These Paleo protein bars are great for a quick energy, low carb snack or dessert.
- Add hazelnuts and shredded coconut to food processor. Blend to a course flour.
- Add in collagen, monk fruit, vanilla and salt. Blend until mixture starts to clump and can hold its shape when pressed together.
- Place mixture in lined 8" x 4" baking pan and firmly press down using your hands.
- Freeze a minimum of 1 hour, allowing bars to set.
- Remove from freezer and cut into 8 individual bars.
- Optional: in a small saucepan, melt chocolate and coconut oil over low heat. Once melted, drizzle chocolate over frozen hazelnut bars.
- Best stored in freezer.
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