Guest Post: 3 Libido-Boosting Raw Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

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Editor’s Note: Today we have a very helpful protein bar recipes guest post from Jonathan at He has put together these raw bar recipes for the Anabolic Men Community. These recipes will be helpful for anyone in need of some on-the-go food.

These 3 epic homemade bars will bring back memories to when you enjoyed some of your favorite desserts “guilt free” as a youngster.

YOU probably remember enjoying these desserts in the form of ice cream, candy, cake, cookies, and pudding.

Does an Almond Joy ring a bell? Tiramisu…..What about Mint Chocolate Chip or Pistachio Almond ice cream from Baskin-Robins? Or, what about that tapioca pudding your grandma would make for you…

You would enjoy these desserts without a care in the world because you only were allowed to have it as a treat, if and only if, you ate the homemade meal your parents cooked for you.

Perhaps, you consider yourself a baby boomer or if you’re on the younger spectrum then a millennial. Either way…the abundance of sweet foods and convenience foods make up the lifestyle of an average American.

If you walk down on a typical grocery aisle you will see hundreds of protein bars, some made with “real food” others made with highly processed ingredients.

It can be real frustrating trying to find a bar that both tastes good and is equally healthy for you.

Which is why I have created three epic homemade protein bar recipes that you can make in your kitchen to satisfy your sweet tooth—guilt free.

You will save money and be able to prepare these bars for “freezing” (yes, they are raw) in about 20 minutes. They are a superior version of baked, highly processed bars and so good; you wouldn’t believe it’s not dessert.

Well….maybe it kind of is one of the healthiest protein bars you will ever eat.

These four recipes are easy to follow and don’t take a lot of time, which means more time to live your busy life; but, also gives you the satisfaction of a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) bar to take with you wherever you go.

The best part of all; they are gourmet which means these ingredients have your health and taste buds in mind.

Plus, if you live a low-glycemic, diabetic, ketogenic, or paleo lifestyle and want to avoid the sugar rush that comes from dried fruits, then you will immediately experience love at first taste.

So, what flavors are we talking about here……

At the very beginning of this post, I mentioned some desserts that you likely enjoyed as a youngster.

From those you can probably see how some epic protein bar flavors can evolve.

The first flavor I will teach you how to make is Almond-Coconut Cookie Dough, a spin off an Almond Joy. Then we have Tiramisu, and lastly Lemon Tapioca.

Made with ingredients that can help balance your hormones, provide your body with prebiotics, and contain a synergistic combination of collagen and gelatin protein that is good for your whole skeletal system and your skin, hair, and nails.
So I’m sure your taste buds must be salivating by now, so let’s get our kitchen ready for some action.


 1. Almond-Coconut Cookie Dough

Time: 20 minutes (30 minutes in freezer) Servings: makes around 8-12 bars

  • 1 cup tiger nut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Collagen/Gelatin
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or to taste*)
  • 3 teaspoons maca powder
  • 6 tablespoons *Pumpkin Sweet*
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 6 tablespoons coconut shreds
  • Melted Chocolate Layer:
    • 4 tablespoons cacao powder
    • 4 tablespoons MCT oil/Cacao Butter
    • 2.5 tablespoons *Pumpkin Sweet*

Garnish: 1/2 cup sliced roasted almonds and 1/2 cup extra coconut shreds


IMG_40971. Measure out and add all the dry ingredients into a food processor. Add 3 tablespoons water, be a little conservative and start with slightly less to reach the right consistency. The water mixes with the collagen/gelatin to make the bar stick together without adding any syrups or dried fruits like you see in most commercial bars.

2. Once the dough forms when pressed between your fingers, add to silicone baking molds (4″x 1¼”x 1¼”) or a parchment paper lined baking dish ( approximately 11”x 7”x 2”) and mold into a wide ¼ inch thick rectangle. Then, with a knife edge out the outline for the protein bar into your desired bar size if you don’t have the molds. If you prefer, you can also just shape the bars individually into bars.

3. Once the bars are made, make the chocolate layer by melting down some cacao butter combined with some MCT/coconut oil (ratio you prefer).

4. Add the sliced roasted almonds, drizzle the chocolate and then finish adding more almonds with coconut shreds with a final layer of chocolate to keep the toppings “glued” together with the bar.

5. Put into the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.  Once hardened, remove from the molds or cut into your desired size if you didn’t mold them already.

6. Store at room temperature or keep in the refrigerator to preserve the shelf life.

Here’s an overview of the testosterone boosting ingredients being used to make the “Almond Joy” Cookie Dough bar:

Tiger Nuts – A root vegetable, a tuber, that is commonly found in seasoned wetlands in South Europe and West Africa. As one of the earliest domesticated crops, they are rich in magnesium which is beneficial for body growth and development. In Aryuvedic medicines it is known to be an aphrodisiac, a sexual stimulant. With nutritious starch content, tiger nuts are a PREbiotic which act as food for your body’s natural organisms.

Collagen/Gelatin – is a synergistic blend of collagen and gelatin that is good for your entire skeletal system, organs, even your hair, skin, and nails. Our ancestors used to consume bone broth as a way to get important amino acids like glycine and proline which is largely deficient in our modern diets.

Red/Yellow/Black Maca – An adaptogen that is a member of the cruciferous family that promotes increased fertility in both men and women, balances hormones, and provides a boost to the immune system that leaves a general sense of “well being”.

Raw Chocolate “Cacao” – The unprocessed, unadulterated chocolate is the #1 food for magnesium and magnesium happens to be great for boosting testosterone levels. With fats being present in the cacao butter, the cholesterol you get from eating chocolate helps produce steroid hormones, testosterone, DHT, etc.

Vanilla – The vanilla bean has been known to increase libido since ancient times. A 1970s study paved way that the aroma of vanilla can cure impotency due to induced feelings of pleasure and satiation.

MCT oil/Coconut Oil – The medium chain triglycerides present in coconut oil is testosterone boosting from the healthy dose of saturated fat.

Almonds and Shredded Coconut – Nuts like almonds are are a good source of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids and the saturated fats found in coconut help give testosterone a boost.

Himalayan Pink Salt – No recipe is complete without adding a high quality rock salt. Don’t let the idea of salt causing high blood pressure when that is due to iodized salt, table salt, which is stripped of all its minerals. A high quality rock salt like the Himalayan variety increases hydration, strengthen bones, helps intestine absorb nutrients, and lower blood pressure.

Pumpkin Xylitol – Can be found in fruits and vegetables but is commonly extracted from corn or birch tree on a large commercial scale. With an astounding study circulating the internet perpetuating 46% of California adults have prediabetes or 55% have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, it makes sense to consume a sweetener that does not spike your blood sugar levels.



2. Tiramisu

Time: 20 minutes (30 minutes in freezer)
Servings: Makes around 8-12 bars

  • 1 cup tiger nut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Collagen/Gelatin
  • 1-2 teaspoons cordyceps extract
  • 2 tablespoons organic coffee grounds
  • 3 teaspoons maca powder
  • 6 tablespoons *Pumpkin Sweet*
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cacao powder (for dusting bars)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or to taste*)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Whey Cream:
    • 4 tablespoons goat whey
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
    • Pinch of Himalayan salt
    • 4 tablespoons melted cacao butter
    • 2.5 tablespoons *Pumpkin Sweet*


Add all ingredients into food processor and pulse until dough forms. Just like the above flavor add to the molds or form out the dough into a large brick rectangle and use a knife to outline the bar or shape the bars individually.

In a small bowl whip up the ingredients for the whey cream layer using a whisk. Spread it evenly on the top surface of the bar and dust with some cacao powder using a mesh strainer.

Add the bars into the freezer for 30 minutes and remove from molds or cut into desired size if you didn’t mold them already.

Store at room temperature or keep in the refrigerator to preserve the shelf life.

Here are the testosterone boosting ingredients featured in the Tiramisu bar:

Coffee – Sourced from high quality, Fair Trade, and organic beans. The caffeine in coffee has shown positive results on boosting testosterone levels within various studies. It also does increase strength output and anaerobic performance in humans.

Cordyceps Mushroom – This mushroom gained fame during the 1993 Olympics when the Chinese women’s track and field team received 9 world records. A study done on cyclists showed higher testosterone and reduced recovery times.

Whey Protein – The popular protein supplement known all over the bodybuilding world is beneficial for your muscles. The research suggests that BCAAs found in whey result in higher testosterone levels.


3. Lemon-Coconut Tapioca

Time: 20 minutes (30 minutes in freezer)
Servings: Makes around 8-12 bars

  • 1 cup tiger nut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons collagen/gelatin
  • 6 tablespoons *Pumpkin Sweet*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Tapioca Coating:
    • 4 tablespoons goat whey
    • 4 tablespoons cooked tapioca
    • Pinch of Himalayan salt
    • 1/4 vanilla bean powder or extract
    • 4 teaspoons MCT oil
    • 2.5 tablespoons *Pumpkin Sweet*

*add coconut shreds and lemon zest


In a small sauce pan filled with one cup water add in 1/2 cup of tapioca pearls. Boil slowly over a period of 12-15 minutes until it becomes gelatinous. Set aside in the refrigerator to cool down to use later in the recipe.

*Follow the same steps as usual to make the dough and prepare for the topping.

To make the coating, add all the ingredients into a small bowl and whisk briskly. Spread the coating on top of the bars and add coconut shreds with some extra lemon zest if you prefer.

Add the bars into the freezer for 30 minutes and remove from molds or cut into desired size if you didn’t mold them already.

Store at room temperature or keep in the refrigerator to preserve the shelf life.

The testosterone boosting ingredients in Lemon Tapioca are:

Cinammon – The cheap household spice everyone loves is a great way to raise your T levels naturally. It is also a great way to improve insulin sensitivity.

Lemon – This citrus fruit has always been considered a great way to alkalize and detox your water, but it does also share a correlation with keeping your testosterone levels healthy. Since, the liver is the organ responsible for producing testosterone, lemons can help cleanse the liver to keep it running smoothly.

Tapioca – A starch that is derived from cassava root native to North Region of Brazil. It shares an estrogen blocking effect similar to cabbage and cauliflower.

So, there you have it! Three awesome versions you can simply make that you can take with you anywhere for a raw T+ boosting snack. Whether you need a meal on the go or something to fuel your hunger any time of the day, these bars will keep you satiated for hours. I stacked these bars against some of the most popular brands out there and it blows them away.

Now, you can save money on these homemade bars and at the same time make boosting your testosterone pretty sweet.

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Guest Post: 3 Libido-Boosting Raw Homemade Protein Bar Recipes was last modified: March 27th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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