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Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo Option, Gluten Free)

These healthy homemade low carb protein bars are so easy to make, delicious, and portable. With only 5 grams of net carbs, they’ll keep you satiated during travel or in between meals!

sliced low carb protein bars

I made these low carb protein bars on a whim 2 weeks ago before leaving for our babymoon to Europe, because I needed low carb travel snacks for our 12+ hour flight. I don’t do well with high sugar foods on airplanes and they really mess up my digestion. I was in search of paleo, high protein low carb bars for this reason, and nothing fit the bill perfectly, and the ones that did took too long to ship because I was, of course, scrambling at the last minute to get everything packed.

The Best Low Carb Protein Bars Recipe

So I decided to make my own! I actually had all these ingredients on hand the day before our departure date, and I honestly didn’t measure any of the ingredients before whipping these up.

I was actually so pleasantly surprised at how well these low carb protein bars turned out. They were crunchy and chewy at the same time, they held up well, and were so easily portable and perfect as low carb travel snacks. I enjoyed them so much during my flights, as well as during the trip when we were on-the-go in between sites and activities, them I recreated them to share with you after I came back home!

Best low carb protein bars stacked
perfect for low carb travel snacks

Adding Collagen For Protein

It’s not easy to find a keto granola bar recipe with a good amount of protein in it. While nuts and seeds to do contain protein, our body absorbs them way better when we get it from an animal source. Other low carb protein bars I found with a good source of protein that you can purchase is this one, and while they are delicious, they are not the cheapest on the market.

For these high protein low carb bars, I used egg whites and Perfect Supplements grass-fed collagen (Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off your entire order) to boost the protein level and it really helps with keeping you satiated longer without being able to taste these ingredients at all. I was able to last for hours in between meals on my very long flights with these low carb protein bars and I loved that I didn’t get a sugar rush during all the traveling.

Not Keto or Don’t Use Zero Carb Sweeteners?

While this is a keto granola bar recipe, I totally get it if you are just looking for grain free or paleo snacks and are not necessarily on a low carb diet. You can just omit the erythritol used in the recipe, and replace it with coconut sugar or regular sugar. The color of these low carb protein bars will be darker when you use coconut sugar, but the recipe will still yield delicious snack bars without much difference in taste or texture!

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Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo Option, Gluten Free)

These healthy homemade low carb protein bars are so easy to make, delicious, and portable. With only 5 grams of net carbs, they'll keep you satiated during travel or in between meals!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade granola bars, low carb travel snacks, portable low carb snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 282kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together for almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and pumpkin seeds.
  • In small saucepan, stir together your choice of nut butter, coconut oil, collagen, and erythritol, and heat for 2-3 minutes over low heat until everything is smooth and combined.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Pour over the nut and seed mixture and stir.
  • Add egg whites and stir together well until all the dry ingredients are coated well with wet ingredients.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking pan and use a spatula to press down firmly into a flat, even layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Let it cool completely. Use the parchment paper to remove from the pan, and use a sharp knife to slice into 12 even bars.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.1% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 4.7% | Iron: 9.1%
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Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad with Coconut Chips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dang Foods. I was compensated and received a product to try. I fully stand behind this product, and the opinions are 100% my own.

This Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad uses delicious toasted coconut chips instead of crispy Chinese noodles, and you’ll love how flavorful it is! 

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

I’m a HUGE Mandarin chicken salad lover. There’s something so amazing about the combination of chicken, sweet mandarin slices, and crunchy almonds, all coated in a delicious savory dressing.

Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad Recipe

While the original version adds sweeteners and crispy Chinese noodles to the salad, this Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad is only sweetened with mandarins and the noodles are substituted with deliciously toasted Dang Foods Lightly Salted Coconut Chips. It’s such an addicting flavor and texture combo that I recommend you double up on this recipe!

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Why Toasted Coconut Chips?

If you’ve never had toasted coconut chips before, you are in for a real treat! Toasting coconut chips allows their natural sweetness to shine through without any added sugar, and the texture also gets super crunchy in the best way. It’s so much healthier than crispy noodles that would normally be used in Mandarin chicken salad and even more delicious, in my opinion.

Dang Foods Coconut Chips

My go-to toasted coconut chips for years have been by Dang Foods. Their coconut chips are so light and delicious, and I always pack them when I’m traveling because they are so portable and easy to snack on. And most importantly, their ingredients are super clean, and the Lightly Salted Coconut Chips I use in this recipe only contain 2 ingredients: coconut and sea salt. Can’t get much better than that!

Dang Foods is also a Certified B Corporation, meaning they meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance alongside profit goals. All of their products are Non-GMO Project Certified.

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

Save On Dang Foods Coconut Chips!

If you want to try this Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad recipe and get your hands on Dang Foods coconut chips at a discount, make sure to print out a coupon here before heading to the grocery store. They are available at Walmart, Target, and Sprouts!

I hope you love this salad as much as I did. It’s packed with flavor and the most scrumptious combination of textures that it’ll definitely crowd pleaser!

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

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Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad with Coconut Chips

This Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad uses delicious toasted coconut chips instead of crispy Chinese noodles, and you'll love how flavorful it is! 
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 403kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Dressing

Instructions

  • Drain mandarin oranges but reserve 2 tbsp of the juice for the dressing. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, add mandarin orange, romaine lettuce, chicken, garlic chives, and slivered almonds. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing. 
  • Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss together to coat. 
  • Top with coconut chips and sesame seeds before serving. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 109.3% | Vitamin C: 79.3% | Calcium: 8.9% | Iron: 13.2%

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Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites

Instead of throwing out the pulp you are left with after you make nut milk, save it to make this delicious Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites!

Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites

Recently, I ended up making a large amount of cashew and almond milk as part of recipe testing I was doing. The process, which I’m sure most of you are familiar with, involves blending together nuts with water, then filtering the whole thing through a cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. What you are left with is creamy and delicious nut milk to use however you please, but you are also left with a ton of nut pulp that’s been filtered out through the process.

I used to throw out this nut pulp, or I’ve heard of others putting it in smoothies to add a dose of healthy fat and protein. However, I’m not much of a smoothie drinker (I prefer to chew my food), but really hate the idea of throwing anything out especially when it comes to nuts because they are NOT cheap. So in order save the pulp and put it to good (and SUPER YUMMY) use, I ended up making these Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites.

Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites

These delicious and chocolate-y balls are so easy to make. All the work you do is in blending everything together and shaping them into round bites with your hands. But the result is so chewy and decadent that you’ll think you are eating a fancy dessert.

I’ve been enjoying one of these when I’m craving something sweet after my meals, or in the afternoons when I feel like snacking occasionally. I love that these are just sweetened with dates, making it a relatively healthy treat. Next time you aren’t sure what to do with leftover nut pulp, don’t throw it out! Make these tasty Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites instead and you’ll thank me after when you get to taste one of these delicious babies.

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Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites

Instead of throwing out the pulp you are left with after you make nut milk, save it to make this delicious Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites!
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 18 -20 bites
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of nut pulp I used a combination of almonds and cashews
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Optional, for coating: cacao powder, shredded coconut, or more nut pulp

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients, except the coating, in a food processor or blender and pulse until doughy.
  • Use a spatula to mix everything together.
  • Use your hands to shape the dough into 1-1 1/2 inch balls.
  • To add coating, roll each ball in the coating of your choice.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.