Macaroon lovers take note: you have found the coconutty and toothsome answer to your protein bar question. How on earth is it possible for a bar to be chewy, nutty, sweet, and packed with real protein? First, take a paleo-friendly cluster of ingredients, from pumpkin seeds to coconut to grass-fed collagen. Then, smash them all together with the teeniest bit of honey to end up with a bar so chewy your jaw will thank you. Or hate you. Either way, this Coconut Cashew bar is a nutty plank of primal perfection.
Already, my appreciation for Primal Kitchen bars was high. Their cocoa bar is a chewy slab of sweet nutty bliss. But now, there's cashew. Coconut and cashew, to be precise. One chomp of this bar and it was clear that there is a new favorite on my shelf. I keep looking at the ingredients to see if there is lemon hidden inside, because I swear this bar tastes like a lemony macaroon. But no, no lemon. I am just tasting some kind of alchemy in the blend that is giving my taste buds the warm fuzzies.
Putting coconut and cashews together in this way is satisfying to those that adore a toothsome bar but are done with too much chocolate in their things. (Is that real? Can there be too much chocolate? Yes, sometimes.)
Just like before with Primal Kitchen, the matrix of this nutty bar is a bendy, chewy, delectable blend of honey, nuts, collagen and coconut that satisfies the mouth as it nourishes the body. This bar is barely sweet, yielding to your desire for something almost savory but without the hassle of boiling up some eggs for a snack.
Here's what Primal Kitchen says about their own amazing recipe, "What do you get in a PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Coconut Cashew Bar? Monounsaturated fats for heart health, prebiotic fiber for digestive health, plus antioxidants, minerals and 15 grams of protein from grass-fed collagen. That’s more collagen than a cup of bone broth! Low on carbs, high on protein and sweetened with only honey and monk fruit, our Coconut Cashew Bar is free of gluten, refined sugar, soy, dairy and whey. Cashews, almonds and pumpkin seeds satiate with a nutty crunch, while coconut imbues our bars with a creamy, sweet flavor. Delicious as a pre-workout, post-workout, or after-dinner snack!"
There are many reasons why this bar packs a nutritional punch (pumpkin seeds, coconut!) but my personal favorite, the zinger that makes it unlike all the others, is the collagen. Each one of these chewy delectable bars has more collagen than a cup of bone broth, yet you can pack it in your bag.
Here are just a few of the benefits to collagen:
What else? How about coconut? What's so great about it?
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. Many people eat several tablespoons of coconut oil daily, for the incredible host of benefits it confers. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, and it’s been shown to
Help with weight loss
Boost energy and athletic performance
Help with Alzheimer’s and cognitive function
Have antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities
Nourish the thyroid
Help prevent candida overgrowth
Boost the metabolism
Make skin and hair softer
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
It's not so much the "how" you enjoy these bars (just unwrap and enjoy), it's the where and why: anywhere, anytime. Before a workout, after a workout, before your meeting, after your workday before a party full of off-roading treats. You name it, this bar will go to work for you.
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What is monk fruit and why is it in this bar?
Also called Luo Han Goa, monk fruit is a Chinese herb cultivated for centuries by Buddhist monks. Much like stevia, it’s a delicious and natural way to sweeten without all the calories of sugar.
Are there GMOs?
Nope! Primal Kitchen is working on the Non-GMO certification right now.