Mini Chocolate Coconut Protein Bites
As much as I was striving to get a recipe or blog post up every week my life has been busy...well it doesn't ever not get busy with 4 kids, but it's been CRAZY busy!! I have been that "supermom" who tries to do it all, and has done it all before and all that did was tear my body down into complete adrenal exhaustion. I'm still trying to recover from all the damage I did to my body. So when I feel overwhelmed I now make an assessment on what things in my life can I control, and what actions i can take to make life less stressful and overwhelming for myself. For me some of the little extras like this blog is what I have to step aside from. Ava ( my youngest who is now 20 months old) leaves me literally no time during the day. When she is not napping she wants my attention every minute of the day. Then evenings my brain seems to be so fried I just can't think much to do much of anything! Between being a military spouse, cooking for my family, getting the kids to all f their sports, working my two other part time jobs, sometimes I have to take a step back for my own health because it can just get to be too much. I'm sure many of you can relate. I think it's important though that I be honest with you guys that you know I really can't do everything. There are plenty of moms out there who are doing everything but trust me it is at a cost. And please for all the moms reading this who may be trying to do it all, by no means am i judging or trying to put you down. If anything I am trying to help other mothers realize that it's OK to say no and to sometimes step aside from that extra project. I actually wrote a blog post about this a while back so if you want read a little more about my personal experience with adrenal fatigue check it out HERE
This recipe is great for us busy moms and all other busy people. These mini bars are quick to make, and I store a bunch in my freezer as a quick on-the-go snack for myself and the kids. They are delicious and are also packed full of good fats and protein to give you some quick energy and satisfy your hunger between meals!
Servings: Approximately 18 Mini Bars
- In a food processor combine shredded coconut or coconut chips and pulse so pieces are tiny shreds.
- Add cacao nibs and pulse until combined and nibs are broken into smaller pieces.
- Add in your remaining ingredients except for the mini chocolate chips and pulse until all the ingredients are completely mixed together.
- Add to a bowl and fold in the mini chocolate chips with your hands.
- Line a baking sheet or the bottom of a baking dish with parchment paper so that your bars do not stick.
- Press the mixture in a flat layer trying as much as possible to make the layer even. your mixture will probably be fairly oily a this point. So now you need to put the dish or baking sheet into the freezer for about 15 minutes to cool and solidify.
- Remove dish/sheet and cut into about 2 inch sized square bars. You should get around 18.
- Store bars in freezer!