Coconut-Lime Protein Squares

April 13, 2016 by Melanie Faris

Coconut-lime squares

Lately I’ve been working on building some muscle mass and upping my protein intake. I love eating healthy consistently, but boy oh boy is it a challenge finding creative, yummy, and all the while healthy food to eat. I seriously can’t handle the “apple and almond” snack that is so often recommended. Like seriously, do I want to eat an apple and a handful of almonds? No. No I do not.

Today was the day for a little experimenting in my kitchen. It has been sooooo long, and I have been yearning to get back to some of my old eating habits. I had so much fun eating healthy in my past. I also had time to bake and cook all the time. Unfortunately convenience has won this Mommy’s mouth. Seriously, I have become the person I never thought possible. You know who I mean right? The boring mommy snacker who has no time to bake so I snack on pre-made store-bought boring food all day type of person. *Insert blood curdling scream.

I can’t handle it anymore. My taste buds are begging me for some flavour and freshness. I’m sick of eating plain cottage cheese because I don’t have time for anything else. TODAY IS THE DAY ladies and gentlemen. Fasten your seat-belts for a good healthy, easy recipe.

Coconut-Lime Squares
Yields 16
A cake-like snack without the sugar or guilt.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oat flour (to make - pour large flake oats into food processor or blender until it resembles flour)
  2. 1/2 cup unflavored, or vanilla whey protein powder
  3. 1/2 cup xylitol (low sugar option) or other sweetener of choice
  4. 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites
  2. 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/4 cup 0% plain or vanilla greek yogurt
  4. 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  5. 1/2 lime, juice only *optional - add zest of 1/2 lime
  6. 5 drops lime essential oil (food grade. ex, Young Living brand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over stir.
  3. Pour the mixture into the baking dish lined with parchment paper, and bake for 30 minutes. Test with a knife to see if it comes out clean. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting into 16 squares.
  4. Best eaten fresh and warm. Refrigerate leftovers or freeze for later.
Notes
  1. Try enjoying these squares with a dollop of yogurt and a squeeze of lime juice on top! Especially if the bars need moistening up after a couple days in the fridge.
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