Best Chocolate Protein Bars Ever
Craving the tastes of a decadent piece of gooey chocolate fudge? If you’re trying to do without the calories and saturated fat in a hunk of fudge but want to satisfy your taste buds with all the flavors, try this nutritious & delicious chocolate protein bar recipe. From a post workout snack to an in between meal pick-me-up, you’ll find ways to make these your new staple.
*Makes 12-16 bars
1 ½ cups fresh dates, packed & pitted
1 cup warm water (to soak dates)
1 cup cashews
⅓ cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup all natural sweetened plant-based chocolate protein powder.
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ – ½ teaspoon sea salt
Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.
Combine the dates and warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for about 5 minutes until dates are soft. Remove water and pat dry with paper towels.
Place the cashew and oats in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the dates, protein powder, cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, coconut, vanilla and salt. Process until the dates are finely chopped and blended and the mixture begins to stick together. Transfer the mixture to the lined loaf pan. It will be crumbly at first. Use parchment paper or wax paper on top of the bar mixture to pack and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan; leave the paper to cover. Refrigerate 1 hour or more until firm. Using the edges of the paper liner, lift the mixture from the pan and uncover. Cut into individual bars.
Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days or freeze to have on hand ALWAYS.
Note: You can use any combo of nuts.