GAPS-friendly Good2Go Bars

I have never craved a protein bar like I have craved Good2Go bars.

I first came across them as a new athlete at Brigham Young University, where athletes were rationed two protein bars per week by the school. We had a few options to choose from--and ooooh, did i know our options. Clif bars, Zone bars, and PowerBars were only a few of the protein bars that were each given their fair share of tasting and testing. But once you try Good2Go bars, you just never go back. Nothing else satisfies. Nothing else feels as good.

From then on, I got an almond fruit nut Good2Go bar every time we got a protein bar. One week they ran out. I cried. Then I drove 15 minutes to our nearest Natural Foods store and bought one.

Okay my love for Good2Go bars may have seemed a little out of control, but they really just have so many good things going for them. Not only do they have a fantastic taste and texture, but I really think the manufacturers are doing something else just as important--REAL, good-for-you ingredients. Their website boasts these things--"no refined sugar," "no preservatives," and "organic." ( Now tell me another protein bar that can claim that. Good2Go bars are sweetened with honey and coconut crystals and don't have any added chemicals, coloring, preservatives, and whatever other stuff comes with normal protein bars. I don't think I could say enough good things about them.

Except I can't eat them.

On the GAPS diet, oats, coconut crystals, brown rice syrup, and tapioca flour aren't allowed. My gut needs a little more time to heal before I can eat some of those things. So no more Good2Go bars for me!

Except I still want them.

And so this week I recreated these GAPS-friendly Good2Go bars! It was one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. I think it tastes like the real thing--as it's been a few years since I've had an actual Good2Go bar.  It contains all the good-for-you ingredients that a normal protein bar would have, but without sugars and grains that feed opportunistic bacteria. I usually eat them as pre-workout snacks, as it's got some healthy fats that will help to hold me through long workouts. I use to eat these a lot after practice, but I've now come to learn that it's best to save nut proteins for pre-workout nutrition or in-between meals, as the fat tends to slow down digestion, decreasing the body's ability to get sugars and proteins to the muscles quickly after a workout.

If you've never had a Good2Go bar, try these out! They are delicious and full of flavor and are perfect for a rich and filling snack. Let me know what you think!


GAPS-friendly Good2Go Bars

Author: Amy MoffatPrep time: 6minChill time: 20 minServings: 6 bars


1 c raw, organic peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 c almond flour
1/2 c flaxseed meal
(1/4 c pure whey protein isolate *optional)
1/4 c + 1 Tbsp organic raisins


In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract.
Add almond flour, flaxseed meal, and chopped almonds and stir until combined.
Stir in raisins
Press into an 8x8 inch pan
Freeze for 20-30 minutes (to firm up quickly), then move to refrigerator to store
Cut into bars. Enjoy!

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