[Recipe} Almond cookie dough bars

Almond cookie dough bar FI

Low-carb and loaded with protein, these bars are great for a hunger-busting snack, and they are really yummy too!


  • ½ cup vanilla whey protein
  • 5-6 tbsp almond butter
  • 4 tbsp almond milk
  • 65g crushed almonds
  • Xylitol to taste
  • Dark chocolate (optional)

Natural almond butter is a better alternative to peanut butters because it is a lower carb option. Peanuts aren’t technically nuts – they’re legumes, whereas almonds tree nuts, which makes them low in carbs and rich in healthy fats. Almonds also have a higher manganese, calcium and magnesium content.


  1. Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon until it’s in a dough consistency.
  2. Press dough out evenly on a lined plate, or a silicone or ordinary baking tray (make sure you line it otherwise the bars will stick).
  3. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  4. Slice into bars.

Xylitolis an ideal sugar substitute. It is a sugar alcohol that is natural found in fruits and vegetables. It tastes very similar to table sugar, but contains 40% fewer calories and has practically no aftertaste.

Prep and freeze

After you’ve sliced them into bars, wrap them individually in foil and freeze them. It’s an easy way to ensure you have a healthy snack on hand when hunger strikes!

Recipe by Megan Basson

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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