Copycat Rx Bars

My first office job was working as a Camp Registrar the summer before my second year of college. I was in charge of everything camp registration and organization for a whole bunch of day camps, but I worked in the office mostly - making sure all the campers were squared away and our documentation was in place. I actually loved this job - I felt like I was getting paid SO much (especially compared to the life guarding gig I had been working for a few years) AND I really enjoyed the stability and consistency of my days.

It was around this time that I started getting into healthy eating and more into running. I would workout pretty much every day after work, around 5PM or so. I packed my lunches (usually BIG salads or wraps with leftovers from dinner the night before) and always brought an energy bar to eat a hour before I left work to hit the gym or go for a run.

Luna bars were my favorite (Nutz Over Chocolate was my JAM!) but I switched things up and tried all the "healthy" bars out there: Nature's Valley, ZonePerfect, ZBars (the kid's Clif bar), Balance, and more.

A lot of these bars sure were tasty, but, as I learned later on in my wellness journey, all the "stuff" in them wasn't the best for my belly. I recently Googled the ingredients in one of my old favorite bars, and here's what came up:

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That's a lot of stuff! I didn't know it back then, but a lot of these ingredients (common in so many energy or protein bars) can cause tummy trouble: soy, sugar, peanuts, and vegetable oils.

A few years ago I realized that while bars were super convenient, they weren't the best for my belly. I started to be more discerning about the bars I was buying (looking at the type and number of ingredients), and even started making some of my own variations!

Today I'm sharing my current favorite homemade energy bar recipe. These bars are modeled after the recently popular Rx bars. I found Rx bars this year - I love the minimal ingredients and higher than average protein content. Like with so many things, I wanted to try my hand at making them myself, and hence these recipes were born!

These bars are tasty, simple to make, and a bit easier on your gut (and your wallet!) than most store bought bars. One of my yoga students even said she liked these bars BETTER than the real Rx bars. If that's not a compliment, I don't know what is!

Copycat Rx Bars

Copycat Rx Bars // gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian

Chocolate Sea Salt Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup egg white protein powder
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp hot water (add more if needed)

Coffee Cacao Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup egg white protein powder
  • 1 cup raw almonds (you can also do 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup raw cashews)
  • 4 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  • dash sea salt
  • 1 tbsp hot water (add more if needed)

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients except water to your food processor or Vitamix blender and pulse until everything is finely chopped.

2. Add 1 tbsp hot water and pulse some more. Add the least amount of water possible - just enough to get the ingredients to start to stick together like a dough. **Note: Be careful adding too much water. I did 2 tbsp in one batch and it was way too much and my bars turned out pretty sticky. Not the end of the world, but not ideal.

3. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pan so it's evenly distributed and there are no holes.

4. Place dish in freezer for 15-20 minutes. Remove and slice into 10-12 bars. Return to freezer until you are ready to eat!

Note: These bars call for egg white protein, as that's what Rx uses in their bars. I'm sure you could swap it for any neutral protein powder or collagen peptides.

If you liked these, I think you'd love my other homemade bar recipes:

Do you eat energy bars or protein bars? Do you have a store bought favorite, or do you make your own? Let me know in the comments below!

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