For almost a year and a half I have either been pregnant or nursing. My body, which used to be solely mine, is now shared with one of my two favorite people on this earth and unlike I expected, I love it. I find deep joy in the powers of my body that created, birthed, and nourished another human being. I am awed watching Eden, who yesterday at her 6 month check in weighed almost 17 pounds, grow.

By supplying food and nourishment for my fetus and now baby I must constantly be aware of how I eat. Iron, Calcium, and Protein are more important than ever in this time. Since this all began protein has been challenging for me. This is in no way because I’m vegan; I eat an average amount of protein, but a pregnant or nursing mom needs about 70 grams a day!

Therefore I am always trying to figure out ways to sneak a little extra protein into my diet and in that process I created these: The German Chocolate Protein Bar.

German Chocolate Protein Bar – makes 12

1 cup oats or oat flour

1/2 cup soy protein powder

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup dates, pitted

1/3 cup  + 2 tbsp pecans

1/2 cup + 3 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut

6 tbsp brown rice syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 salt

In a food processor grind up the oats until they are s fine flour. Add protein and cocoa powders, 1/3 cup of pecans, 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, and salt and combine well. Add dates, brown rice syrup, and vanilla. Mix until the dry ingredients are fully hydrated, scraping down the sides as needed. Dough should be tacky, but not too sticky. If the dough is too dry and won’t come together add a little bit of water.

Once well combined, scrape dough onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper or a silicone mat. Place another piece of wax paper on top and roll out to 1/2 inch thick, shaping into a square as you roll.

Place bars in the refrigerator and allow to harden before cutting into 12 equal pieces. Store in refrigerator for 5 days or up to a month in the freezer.

Enjoy as a snack for a good, healthy boost of protein.