RAW Carrot Coconut Protein Bars

RAW Carrot Coconut Protein Bars
Everyone always asks me, "what do I do with juice pulp?", well I don't throw it out! Nothing goes to waste in this veg household! Not even that good organic juice pulp.  I just love it! I mean how could you throw it out? It's so pretty! It screams freeze me! Save me! Fill your body with all my nutrients! I mean look at it!
Not to mention, its only finely chopped veggies, right? When your juicer crushes your veggies and pulls the juices from them, it spits out the finely chopped particles that it couldn't juice. That doesn't mean that it pulled the nutrients from it, it simply means these are the pieces the juicer missed. The pieces the juicer got, well... you drank it! No need to throw this stuff out...

So you've seen the RAW Veggie burgers I made from pulp, but now let me share this nice treat with ya.

  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut shavings
  • 2-3 cups carrot pulp (to your taste)
  • 2 cups yellow raisins (presoaked in water to soften)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup raw organic honey /or/ raw organic carmel sauce
  • 1-2 tbsps cinnamon
  • 1 dash of allspice

Making the Carrot Coconut Protein Bars
  • Put the carrot pulp and the shredded coconut in a bowl.  
  • Throw in your chia and hemp seeds along with your cinnamon and allspice.  
  • Stir and mix thoroughly. 
  • Add your raw honey or raw caramel sauce (this will help it stick)
  • Stir in with a spoon. I started out this way, but then eventually used my hands. This helped me to determine, how much to add in to make it stick. Please feel free to add more or less to your liking. I used honey, in this recipe, but if you use the caramel recipe, you may need to add more.
  • Add the raisins by hand.
  • Then take your pan and put coconut shavings at the bottom (this is optional, I do it to help it from sticking to the pan).
  • Put your mixture in the pan and pat down until solid, sticking together and even.
  • Again another option: Put coconut shavings on top. I do this only to help it "look pretty". But its not mandatory.
  • I also lightly cut it prior to it setting.
  • Put it in the fridge for an hour or two to set...then eat it! 
Right before setting in the fridge
By the way, if you're wondering where the protein is in the bar read about chia and hemp seeds'll be surprised how powerful those two little seeds are and how high in protein they are. Check this out...

Chia Seeds: The chia seed is a "superfood" that has twice the protein of any other seed or grain and five times the calcium of milk. They contain boron which is a trace mineral that helps with the absorption of calcium. The essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6 are also present in the seeds., which is why there was no oil needed in these bars. Here is a list of the greatness that is wrapped up in each of these little tiny seeds: 
Constituents: linolenic acid, linoleic acid; antioxidants: chlorogenic and caffeic acids, myricetin, quercitin, and kaempferol flavonol. chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and flavonol glycosides; mucin, fibre; 8 essential amino acids (score 115.)

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, B17, C, D, E, K, choline, folic acid, inositol, PABA. 

Minerals: boron, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulphur, zinc, amylose (a slow-burning starch helpful in treating hypoglycemia), and electrolytes. 
As I mentioned, Chia has a very good ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil; with 20-30% protein, 35% oil, 25% fiber. Gluten-free and very low-sodium.  Hemp Powder:   Hemp contains protein that provides a host of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to survive. It is rich in the antioxidant zinc and the electrolyte magnesium. It also contains some potassium which is lost in sweat and iron which your body uses to carry oxygen in the blood. Hemp protein provides 20 amino acids -- the building blocks of protein -- including the 10 essential amino acids that your body can't produce itself. Also, studies show that the hemp seed contains 37% protein, 43% fiber, no net carbs. It also comes with the benefit of 9% beneficial fats (omega-3,-6, and -9 plus GLA), chlorophyll, vitamin E and iron. I was hesitant about using this product, when I first started implementing superfoods into my diet, because of its origin; However, hemp has managed to turn into one of my favorite all natural protein supplements because unlike whey it digests immediately, and does not turn into fat. Oh and by the way, although this seed does come from the cannabis plant, it does not have the same effect as the actual have no worries, this is not a hallucinagen and is completely legal.
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