These no-bake chocolate protein bars are super soft, gooey, fudgy, and delicious. This vegan recipe contains only 6 ingredients and is very easy to make! Watch the video below to see the easy instruction steps!
Super Soft Chocolate Protein Bars
Say hello to these soft, gooey and fudgy chocolate protein bars which are currently my new favorite dessert! I love all kind of bars such as brownies, peanut butter bars or blondies. I thought a combo of a blondie bar and chocolate might be extraordinarily delicious. And honestly, these bars really didn’t disappoint!
They look similar to homemade Butterfingers, however, they aren’t crunchy. I am pretty sure it would be easy to change the recipe a bit and turn these cashew butter bars into homemade vegan Butterfingers. These protein bars are my new favorite because they are:
- Healthier than most chocolate candy bars.
- Quick and easy to make without an oven!
- Vegan and protein-rich.
Just 6 Simple Ingredients
I am not kidding! This recipe is really simple and contains only the following 6 ingredients:
- Vegan protein powder
- Nut-butter or seed butter of choice
- Liquid sweetener of choice
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
I used a vanilla flavored protein powder which is already sweetened. Therefore, I only added 3 tbsp (60 grams) of sweetener. If your protein powder isn’t sweetened, I would suggest adding about 70 grams of sweetener.
Nut butter: I used cashew butter, however, you can also use almond butter, peanut butter, coconut butter, sunflower seed butter, and even tahini if you don’t mind the slightly bitter taste of tahini.
Liquid sweetener: I used maple sure, but you can certainly also use agave syrup, rice malt syrup, Yukon syrup or any other liquid sweetener.
I also added half of a small banana which acts as a binder and holds the mixture together. Applesauce might work as well (I didn’t try it though) or maybe two flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 5 tbsp hot water).
You can use dairy-free chocolate chips or any dark chocolate of choice.
How To Make Chocolate Protein Bars?
I recommend using a food processor because it’s easier than using a blender. The procedure is really simple and straight forward:
- First, process the ingredients for the protein layer in your food processor.
- Melt the dairy-free chocolate with the coconut oil in a water bath or in a microwave.
- Pour the chocolate onto the protein layer and put the pan in the freezer to set.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and cut the deliciousness into bars.
- Check my step-by-step VIDEO right under the recipe instructions!
How To Store?
You should store the protein chocolate bars in the refrigerator (for up to 5-6 days) or for up to 3 months in the freezer. I always make sure to have a batch in my freezer, because you never know when the sweet cravings kick in, right?! 😀
When you freeze the bars, make sure to let them thaw for about 20 minutes before serving.
These Chocolate Protein Bars are:
- Vegan (dairy-free)
- Can be made gluten-free (check your protein powder)
- No-bake, which means no oven required
- Healthier than most protein bars
- Quick and easy to make with only 6 ingredients
- A delicious dessert
Should you try out this delicious chocolate protein bars recipe please leave a comment and rating below. Also, don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan and #elavegan because I would love to see how it turned out!
Make sure to also check out the following vegan chocolate bars:
- Homemade Snickers
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
- Cookie Dough Bars
- Homemade Bounty Bars
- Chocolate Chip Blondies
- Oat Breakfast Bars
No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bars
- Watch the video (scroll down a bit) to see all instruction steps.
- Line a pan with parchment paper with an overhang on all sides (for easy removal). My pan measures 6x6 inches resp. 15x15 cm (inside measurements). If your pan is much bigger, you should better double the recipe, otherwise, the bars will turn out too thin.
- Process all ingredients for the protein layer in a food processor. Scrape down the sides of the container and mix again. The dough should stick together when you press it between your fingers. If it's too dry, add more liquid sweetener or banana. If it's too sticky, add more protein powder.
- Press the dough evenly into the lined pan and put the pan in the freezer.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in a microwave and pour the melted chocolate on top of the protein layer.
- Put the pan back in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.
- Cut into bars and enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer!
- I used a vanilla flavored protein powder which is already sweetened. The main ingredient is powdered oat flour. If you use unsweetened protein powder, I would suggest adding more sweetener (e.g. 70 g instead of 60 g).
- You can use almond butter, peanut butter, etc. instead of cashew butter. For a nut-free version, I would suggest sunflower seed butter or coconut butter.
- I left out the vanilla extract because my protein powder has an intense vanilla flavor which I love!
- Nutrition facts are for one bar when you cut the batch into ten bars.
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