Chocolate Protein Bars

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, gluten free, healthy snack, no bake snacks, protein bars
Prep Time 12 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 241 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almonds and pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates soaked for 10 minutes in warm water then drained
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder , use your favorite brand
  • 1/4 cup drippy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup can also sub with coconut nectar or honey (if not vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds , optional


  1. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang. Set aside.

  2. Add nuts to a large food processor and pulse into small chunks. Add dates and and process until the mixture starts sticking together into a soft dough. Add protein powder, cacao powder, almond butter and maple syrup and pulse a few times until combined and sticky.

  3. Using a rubber spatula, fold in oats, shredded coconut and chia seeds (if using) while pressing and kneading the mixture together.

  4. Transfer mixture into the prepared pan and press down very firmly using a spatula to flatten until tight and compressed. Chill in freezer for 20 minutes or fridge for 1-2 hours, or until set. Use the parchment paper to lift bars from the pan. Cut into even bars. Store bars in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Protein Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 7g14%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.