chocolate sea salt RX bars (copycat recipe)

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Snack8 Comments

chocolate sea salt rx bar

A chewy, gooey, chocolatey, no-bake, dairy-free protein bar.

Warning! These bars are definitely gooey. I recommend having a napkin close by to discreetly wipe your hands after you finish it. When my toddler ate one his whole face and hands were covered in a sweet, sticky mess afterwards, which he delighted in, of course.

You could use powdered egg whites to reduce the stickiness but the cost is expensive in comparison to a carton of pasteurized egg whites. So I think it’s worth putting up with a bit of gooeyness. Speaking of egg white, make sure to use a carton of pasteurized egg whites since this recipe is no-bake. You don’t want to risk food poisoning anyone with raw eggs!

a true copycat recipe

The front package of the RX bar gave me a good starting point since they pretty much spell out the recipe right there. Using that as a starting point and then tweaking the ingredients to match the nutrition info, I nailed the copycat! Check this out:

RX BarCopycat Version
210 calories208 calories
9g fat8g fat
24g carbs27g carbs
6g fibre5g fibre
15g sugar17g sugar
12g protein12.5g protein

 

chocolate sea salt rx bar

why this RX bar copycat recipe a smart choice

The protein in egg whites is high in what we call “biological value.” First: a little primer on proteins. Proteins are composed of different building blocks called amino acids. A good comparison is the alphabet. Words are composed of a specific order and combination of letters. Likewise, proteins are composed of a specific order and combination of amino acids. During digestion, proteins get broken down to amino acids. The body then uses these building blocks to make the proteins it needs: whether that be muscle tissue, hormones, or immune cells, etc.

So when a protein has high biological value, it contains a similar proportion of essential amino acids to what our body typically needs to use.

Additionally, each bar provides 2 tbsp of nuts. In the nutrition world, we are realizing more and more how much a daily serving of nuts can help prevent heart disease and other chronic conditions. If it were up to me, I’d consider including nuts and seeds as a separate food group with its own daily recommendation!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations!

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chocolate sea salt RX bars (copycat recipe)


  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Yield: 12 bars

Description

A chewy, gooey, chocolatey, no-bake, dairy-free protein bar.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole dried dates
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup whole cashews
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups pasteurized egg whites
  • coarse salt (sea salt or pickling salt)

Instructions

  • Place dates into a microwavable bowl
  • Pour water over dates until just covered.
  • Microwave dates until soft and water has evaporated (use 30 second intervals)
  • Pour nuts into food processor and pulse until finely chopped
  • Pour cocoa into food processor. Give it a couple of pulses to mix
  • Pour egg whites into food processor. Pulse until mixed
  • Dump contents of food processor into a bowl
  • Dump softened dates into food processor
  • Pulse until blended
  • Add in the nut mixture and pulse until blended
  • Line a 9×9 with parchment paper
  • Dump mixture onto parchment and smooth out
  • Sprinkle with coarse salt (sea salt if you prefer)
  • Refrigerate until firm.
  • Cut into 12 bars.

Calories: 208 | Fat: 8g | Carbs: 27g | Fibre: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Protein: 12.5g

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chocolate sea salt rx bar (copycat)

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8 Comments on “chocolate sea salt RX bars (copycat recipe)”

    1. I just pour some over until JUST covered. Thanks for asking for the clarification. I’ve updated the recipe!

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