Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Quest Style) Protein Bars

 It is the last weekend of the Crossfit Open and thus the last Crossfit NYC comp team gift exchange.   The entire team has been unreal these past five weeks, so they have each earn their treats each week.  This week Jay drew one of our all time favourite people, Sofia.  I decided to play around with my protein bar recipe to see if I could make a copy cat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bar at home (and subsequently fuel my problematic addition to these bars). Enjoy!

Important notes

Again, just like my other protein bars these can be messy.  At one point you will probably think you have ruined the entire batch because the dough isn’t forming and everything is a sticky mess, but persevere and just keep kneading!

Also, remember that protein power varies wildly so it can be tricky to work with.  Thus you will have to be flexible with the amount of coconut flour and water to get the right consistency.  A dear friend tries out our Peanut Butter Supreme Quest Bar Recipe and hers came out gummy.  I have used both the Whole Foods 365 brand of Whey Protein powder and Isopure, which have both resulted in great bars.  However, regardless of what brand you choose just keep playing with water to soften the though or coconut flour to firm them up.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Quest Style) Protein Bars

makes 6 big bars or 8 medium sizes bars

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops of vanilla (or Cookie Dough/Cookies and Cream) protein powder
  • 3/4 cup of smooth natural almond butter
    • stabilized almond butter works best (Whole Foods breaks down of the difference between stabilized and non-stabilized nut butters for you). A good rule of thumb is that if you have to stir it (e.g. it separates in your cupboard) it isn’t stabilized.
  • 1/4 cup of date syrup or ( or splenda, stevia, agave, honey etc. it is really your choice)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of coconut flour (or fiber powder or almond flour)
  • 1/2 cup of mini dark chocolate chips
  • extra coconut flour for dusting

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together protein power, almond butter butter and sweetener of your choice
  2. Slowly add water, small amounts at a time to avoid it getting too sticky.  Since every protein power is different the amount of water may vary.  Therefore, just at it small amounts at a time until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Mix in the coconut flour a 1/4 cup at a time.  Again due to the consistency of the protein you choose the amount of coconut flour will vary also.  Keep stirring in coconut flour until a dry dough forms that can be easily formed into a large ball.  It will still be slightly sticky but should be the consistency of very firm cookie dough.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips
  5. Break dough into 6 pieces.  Use your hands to form each ball into a bar shape.
  6. Dust each bar with extra coconut flour to decrease the stickiness of the bars.
  7. Place on a plate and cool in the fridge for at least 30 to 45 minutes.  Enjoy!
    1. Note, these should be stored in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to be eaten.
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