“Go-Go Goji” Kid-Friendly Protein Bars
In buying snack bars for my toddler, I’ve begun noticing how little protein is in them. Even the healthy ones aren’t very protein packed, which has led me on the quest to start making my own.
I’ll let you in on a newly acquired secret in my search of healthy snack foods: Just one (ONE!) ounce of sprouted watermelon seeds has a whopping 10 grams of protein (!). Using this as my base, I then incorporated some other protein-rich foods (such as almond butter and goji berries) and ended up with these bars that I’ve dubbed “Go-Go Goji Bars”… because you can eat them on the go… and the protein in them will get your little ones go, go, going… 🙂
Sidenote: I snuck in a little kale, too (that’s right- gettin’ in dem veggies! mwhahaha) and my kid literally devoured nearly the entire batch this morning. I had to distract him with blueberries just so I could snag a piece. 😉
Go-Go Goji Bars
Ingredients (Makes 5 bars):
- 2 tbsp. of goji berries (plus some extra as a topping)
- 1/3 c. sprouted watermelon seeds
- 1/3 c. flax seeds (either ground or unground is fine)
- 6 or 7 dried apricots
- 2 pitted dates
- 1/2 c. smooth, unsweetened almond butter
- 1/3 c. chopped kale
In a food processor, add the almond butter, apricots and dates. Pulse until it’s semi-smooth (it’s okay if there are chunks). Add the kale, watermelon seeds and flax seeds and pulse again until smooth. Finally, add the goji berries.
Scoop onto a 9″x 5″ baking pan and pat down until it’s level. Top with goji berries and refrigerate overnight.
For more raw “on the go” snacks, try our cashew coconut cookie bars next!