Not Your Average Fruit Cake Protein Bars
A few things come to mind when you think of the holidays; cookies, carols, and of course fruit cake. For most of us, fruit cake is something that is frowned upon, but despite its bad rap, fruit cake is actually packed with lots of healthy dried fruits and nuts. Fruit cake is one of those great desserts to make when you don’t feel like going shopping, since you’re likely to have these ingredients on hand. We’ve added protein powder to this fruit cake recipe, which makes it lower in fat, so you don’t have to feel bad when you polish off a few more pieces than planned.
This fruit cake can be made up to a week in advance, which will undoubtedly help alleviate holiday stress. Baking season is upon us; try this recipe for a very easy-to-prepare dessert or snack.
(2 1/2 cups) all almond flour
2 scoops protein powder
(3/4 tsp.) baking soda
(1/4 tsp.) salt
(1 tsp.) ground cinnamon
(1 cup) coconut oil, softened
(1 1/2 cups) honey or agave nectar
(2 large) eggs
(1 tsp.) vanilla extract
(1 cup) walnuts, chopped
(1 cup) pitted dried dates, chopped
(1 cup) dried tart cherries
(1/2 cup) golden raisins
-In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside.
-In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to beat together coconut oil and honey. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Continue to beat on low while adding flour mixture, beat until combined.
-Stir in walnuts, dates, cherries, and raisins.
-Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of foil on a standard loaf pan, leaving 2 inches excess on both sides. Spray with cooking spray.
-Transfer dough to prepared pan and press into an even layer (flour fingers if necessary).
-Bake 25-28 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
-Place pan on a wire rack to cool.