Apple Cinnamon Protein Bar

There's a great company out of Chicago that makes 100% Paleo, 100% Whole30-approved high protein energy bars. They only use fruit, nuts, clean egg white protein powder, and spices. They're awesome!
Unfortunately {like the rest of the paleo world} clean, whole food equals expensive food. 10 RxBars will run you about $30. I'm sorry, but $3 a bar for a post-WOD snack is a bit much for me. However, clean, whole food also equals ingredients that I have on hand and can easily replicate.

So I got to work. RxBars are basically a Larabar with protein powder, and since I've made a homemade version of brownie batter Larabars, I figured an RxBar wouldn't be too hard to master.

And luckily I was right. The original has 7 ingredients: dates, egg white protein powder, almonds, figs, apple powder, cinnamon, and apple oil. Mine only has 5- I left out the figs and apple oil {because I have no clue what apple oil is...} and for apple powder, I processed freeze-dried apples into a powder {no idea if that's actually what apple powder is, but it worked :)} I was even able to match the nutritional context almost exactly.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Bar

What You'll Need:
{for 1 bar}
  • 10 Almonds
  • 3T Egg White Protein Powder {I used this}
  • 5g Freeze Dried Apples {I used Target's Simply Balanced}
  • A few sprinkles of Cinnamon
  • 4 Dates, pitted {not medjool}
{for 5 bars}
  • 60g Almonds
  • 1 cup Egg White Protein Powder
  • 1-28g pkg Freeze Dried Apples
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 20 Dates, pitted {not medjool}

What To Do:
  1. In a small food processor {I used my mini Ninja when making only one, but the 5 bar batch required a regular sized one}, blitz the almonds, protein powder, apples, and cinnamon until finely ground.
  2. Add dates and process until uniformly broken down.
  3. Add very little water {seriously, a few drops} and process. Continue to do this until the mixture starts to stick together. I added probably less that 1 tsp over the course of 3 iterations for 1 bar and about 1.5 Tbsp for the 5 bar batch. 
  4. Form into a bar or roll into bite-sized balls. I pressed into a small ramekin I had to make disks. Refrigerate in an air-tight container.


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  2. How long do you think these will keep for? Excited to try these out!

    1. I'd keep them in the fridge and they should be good for about 5 days

  3. Are they the same texture at the RX bars?

  4. Did you happen to calculate how much you're saving? These look great, but I wonder if it's worth the hassle since you can get RXbars for $2 at many store now (like Publix and Trader Joe's). By my calculations, the cost breakdown would make these around $1.90 to make (egg protein: $0.70, almonds: $0.20, dates: $0.40, apple: $0.57, cinnamon: $0.03). Am I right? Plus, then you're limited to just one flavor. Thoughts?

  5. Love this! I've been searching for a homemade Rx bar substitute, and this recipe is perfect! Can't wait to try it out!