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  1. I just made these now – with 1.5 tbs of honey and 2 tbs of coconut oil (read directions wrong). They are delicious and do taste like cake batter! I had one before setting them in the fridge and am looking forward to this quick and easy way to get a collagen treat! Thanks, Lauren!

  2. Lauren, did you use the peptides or the gelatin? On their website the collagen protein is gelatin, the collagen peptides is the other product. Thanks for the introduction of this product! We are just finishing up some beef protein powder we found – PurePaleo Protein, it’s from Sweden, but it has other ingredients added.

    We add beef gelatin to all kinds of things. It’s kind of a challenge to see what else we can hide it in! .

    • The collagen peptides are in the blue jar, and do not set like gelatin – you want to use the blue jar for this recipe. Gelatin is in the green jar. I think the names are confusing, and it looks like Vital Proteins has recently re-labeled their “collagen protein” as “beef gelatin” to simplify mattters. I’ve updated the post to clarify this.

      • Hi there,
        Thank you for this. I have been wondering about a “protein” bar made with collagen. Just an fyi, I think the recipe calls for collagen protein, not collagen peptides. I am a little confused. It is the peptides, is that correct?

    • I did the nutrition profile, assuming the recipe makes 12 small squares. Per square – 90 calories, 8g fat, 7g sat fat, 0mg cholesterol, 4g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 2g sugar, 3g protein.

    • Okay, so I just tried this because a) I was curious and b) I happen to have gelatin on hand, but not the other collagen. (My gelatin is just the junk stuff — I still need to order some of the good kind — so if the VP and GL happen to be finer powders, this might be a little different.) My finished bars have some sort of chewy/chunky bits where the gelatin is undissolved, but the recipe WORKED just fine (and tastes great!).

  3. Thanks for this recipe! Curious if you have any information as to whether or not Vital Proteins is higher in quality/purity than the Great Lakes brand. I’m definitely willing to invest in Vital Proteins if it IS in fact a better products as my young daughter is on a pretty narrow gut healing diet. It seems they are both from grass fed sources? Curious of your thoughts! Thanks.

  4. Hi Lauren! Thank you for this recipe 🙂
    I’m going on a 10 day trip and won’t have a refrigerator. Do you think that these would be okay in an airtight container not in the fridge…or will they go off? I don’t mind if the texture changes…I’m just trying to find away to have some portable nutrition! thanks in advance

  5. Just found this recipe and jumped out of bed to make it (at midnight!). I used maple syrup instead of honey and coconut manna instead of coconut butter. So delicious! They are too good to be true…

  6. The bars were wonderful and had a very healthy impact on my digestive system…nice bonus. When I make them again, I plan to add some lemon extract for variety. Sounds good, huh? Thanks for the recipe!!

  7. I cannot have beef (I use Great Lakes gelatin pork) assuming from your recipe, answers I cannot use this. All the collagen hydrolysate is made with beef that I researched. Just wondering if you have found it in pork? Assuming I cannot make this recipe.😟

    • I know it’s been over a year since your question was posed, but, since I linked to this recipe from her post on marine collagen peptides (also from Vital Proteins), I’m thinking you could use that version instead, if you can do seafood! (It looks like it comes from red snapper.) I can’t do beef either, so, I use Great Lakes porcine gelatin as well and have never been able to try the other Vital Proteins products either!

  8. Oh my goodness, these are deelish! I made two batches, one following your recipe to a T (I think it’s important to do that on the first go of a new recipe) and the second, I made using almond coconut butter, added cacao nibs, and rolled in cacao powder. Gosh, both are so good! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  9. These are pretty good! My coconut cream is a bit grainy though. Are there any brands that are smoother? I wonder if condensed (cooked down) coconut milk would work? Might try lemon instead of vanilla next time, too! Thank you!

  10. Is this collagen safe to use when trying to heal the gut? Say in the GAPS diet intro? I am battling SIBO and leaky gut and I don’t want to mess up! 🙂 I know long cooked bone broth is a high fodmap, so I was just wondering about this. Thank you!

  11. I was really expecting a stronger coconut flavor, but for some reason… these DO taste like cake batter~! It’s one of those rare instances where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I do recommend using both the 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract AND the vanilla bean powder, if you have it. I also highly recommend using Really Raw Honey, which is the best raw honey I’ve ever tasted. (It doesn’t give treats a strong honey flavor… it is just sweet and delicious.) These are a real treat! Thank you. 🙂

  12. This is such a delicious recipe Lauren! Thank you so much! I bought the collagen from Vital Proteins and have been so impressed by the quality and taste. These cake batter bars are amazing!!! The only down side is I want to eat all of them in a day! 🙂 Really appreciate your website and everything that you’re doing. You are my go-to website for so many different things. Thank you!

  13. These are easy to make, taste great, and are very satisfying. I made them without sweetener, as I think coconut butter is sweet enough. They are great for a quick snack when you are tempted to grab something unhealthy. I mainly eat them before, during, or after a workout as they give me immediate energy and lots of healthy fats to burn. I also eat them as an addition to any meals I make that don’t have enough fats included. They taste incredibly creamy, smooth and sweet (even without sweetener).

    I make them as-is, minus sweetener; or I add peppermint extract or almond extract in lieu of the vanilla extract; add turmeric, black pepper and shredded unsweetened coconut for an anti-inflammatory boost (sounds weird, but the shredded coconut and turmeric really compliment each other). I have added lemon or lime zest with shredded coconut to give a tropical taste.

    One batch fills a 14 count ice cube tray. I firm them up in the tray, pop them out, and store in the fridge. They are very filling, so you only need to eat a couple to tide you over, however they are very delicious and I have to practice self-control as to not eat half the tray at a time!

    Great job, Lauren.

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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