Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Bars

These remind me of a candy that my Mom has always liked called Cherry Mash. Those things are little fat bombs. Mmmmm…but so good! When I was a little girl I would go to the Army Navy Store with my Dad, I remember looking to see if they had them so we could take one home to my Mom.
You probably wouldn’t want to eat one of those for a pre or post workout snack.
Instead you can add these to your healthy eating routine without the guilt. I love the flavor of cherries, vanilla and chocolate together. Look for today’s workout and nutrition information at the bottom of the post!

Growing up we had a neighbor behind us that planted cherry trees and they lined the back of the chain-link fence that divided our backyards. My friend Kimberly and I would just stand on the chain-link fence and pick and eat until we couldn’t eat anymore. It was hard to beat the squirrels and birds to them. But we got plenty and I think the birds and squirrels did too. My backyard neighbor, Mary Ann, never seemed to mind that we consumed tons of those cherries. Thank you Mary Ann, wherever you are now.

Maybe you can see one of the cherry trees in the background. That’s me and my Dad. Best water-slide ever!

So this is a little homage to my childhood, growing up eating from the neighbors cherry trees and a candy I remember getting for my Mom.

Here is the recipe!

The Bars:
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup raw mixed nuts, unsalted (or whatever type of nut you like)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, such as the Enjoy Life Foods brand
3 scoops of vanilla whey protein
2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
1 tbsp flax meal
2 tbsp peanut butter, natural and unsweetened
1 tsp stevia, powdered or pure maple syrup
2/3 cup water

The Topping:
1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
1 tsp virgin coconut oil, unrefined
1 tbsp sliced almonds or unsweetened shredded coconut

Place all of the bar ingredients in your food processor.

 

Pulse until you have the texture you prefer. I like to have bits of nuts and cherries. So not too fine of a chop.

The mixture will be very sticky.

 

Pour it onto a sheet of waxed paper. You may have to get your hands a little sticky here.

Press it down with lightly oiled hands, just like making rice krispie treats!

Then place a sheet of waxed paper on top and use a square pan, or anything flat bottomed, to press the bars out evenly.

 

You can use the backside of a knife or a spatula to square up the edges.

 

Next melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time, until melted. Spread a thin layer of chocolate over the bars and sprinkle with sliced almonds or shredded coconut.

 

Refrigerate for about an hour. Using a sharp knife cut into 12 pieces. Wrap with waxed paper and store in the refrigerator.
Then enjoy for a quick and easy snack!

Nutrition information calculated using the Recipe Builder on MyFitnessPal.com

Nutrition Facts
Servings 12.0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10 g 16 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 18 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 20 mg 7 %
Sodium 33 mg 1 %
Potassium 130 mg 4 %
Total Carbohydrate 32 g 11 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 19 %
Sugars 15 g
Protein 10 g 21 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 16 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Workout for Today! Yoga!
This comes from Fightmaster Yoga, by Lesley Fightmaster. (What a great last name!)
It’s a 33 minute Total Body Yoga.
We broke a little sweat doing this one. But it’s still a nice and easy active rest day!Yoga Total Body Workout

Have a Beautiful Day!
Melody