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Chocolate Cashew Protein Bars

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars recipe made with simple ingredients. An easy protein bar recipe that tastes like dessert! Naturally gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

These chocolate cashew protein bars are an easy no bake snack.

These are my latest recipe creation and perfect to keep on hand for when the afternoon munchies hit!

I often find myself reaching for a protein bar mid afternoon when I get hungry, which is not always the healthiest option.

Store bought protein bars are often full of tons of sugar and less than wholesome ingredients.

After I made my homemade Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Bars, I couldn’t wait to try out more flavors!

It’s really so easy to make your own protein bars at home.

Next up: these chocolate cashew protein bars.

I’ve really enjoyed making my own protein bars, plus it’s saving us money every week!

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

All you need are a few staples and you can make your own protein bars at home easily.

Necessary ingredients to make homemade protein bars:

  • your favorite protein powder
  • cacao powder
  • nut butter of choice
  • rolled oats
  • honey or maple syrup
  • salt
  • add ins like nuts and chocolate chips.

With those ingredients as a base, there are tons of recipes you can create!

Mix and match to create new flavors and combinations.

I have only made a few no bake protein bars so far, but I am excited to keep trying even more recipes!

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

How to make no bake chocolate cashew protein bars:

First, mix together the peanut butter and honey until combined.

Next, pulse together the cashews and chocolate chips in a food processor until they are in small pieces, but not totally processed into dust. (See the picture below)

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

By not totally processing the chocolate chips and cashews, it leaves some little chunks that are great for texture in the bars.

After you stir in the chocolate chips and cashews, add the rolled oats, cacao powder, protein powder, and salt.

Use your hands to mix the batter until it is well combined (it should be dry, not sticky).

Using your hands is easiest at this point because the batter will be thick and the easiest way to ensure it all mixes together is to sort of knead it with your hands.

Line an 8 X 8 pan with wax paper, and leave enough overhang on the edges for easy lifting out after the protein bars set.

This will make your cleanup a lot easier!

I always use wax paper when making no bake recipes like this one, or my healthy no bake cookies or healthy peanut butter freezer fudge.

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

Press batter into the wax paper covered pan, and make sure to press evenly into all of the corners, until it is a smooth layer on top.

Use your fingers to press the bars into the edges of the pan, then use a rubber spatula to flatten the top of the bars until flat.

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

Place in the freezer for 20 minutes, or until set.

Lift up wax paper to remove the bars from the pan.

Slice into 8 bars using a knife, and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat!

We loved these and they were a nice change from the often too sweet protein bars that we usually buy.

I really recommend making your own protein bars!

You can control the sweetness and ingredients and it really isn’t hard to do.

These were so delicious! I love the salty sweet flavor from the chocolate and cashews.

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

More recipes using protein powder

Looking for more ways to make protein treats at home? Here are a few of my favorite recipes!

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

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No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

Chocolate Cashew Protein Bars Recipe:

Yield: 8 protein bars

Chocolate Cashew Protein Bars

No bake chocolate cashew protein bars (vegan, gluten free.) An easy protein bar recipe perfect for meal prep. #nobake #proteinbars #vegan #glutenfree #mealprep

Easy no bake chocolate cashew protein bars are a delicious homemade snack!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 
  • 1 1/4 cups creamy all natural peanut butter (only ingredients should be peanuts + salt)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or sub maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter and honey until well combined. (I used a rubber spatula)
  2. In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse cashews and chocolate chips into small pieces
  3. Add cashew/chocolate chip mixture to the bowl along with the peanut butter/honey.
  4. Add rolled oats, cacao powder, protein powder, and salt
  5. Stir or use hands to combine until it forms a dry batter
  6. Line an 8 by 8 pan with wax paper, leaving some hanging over the edges
  7. Press batter evenly into pan, pressing into the edges and patting down until it's a flat layer
  8. Freeze for 20 minutes, or until set
  9. Slice into 8 bars
  10. Store in fridge or freezer until ready to eat

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 7gSugar: 26gProtein: 26g

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D.

Monday 25th of November 2019

These were very tasty, but I found them extremely crumbly, to the point where there were no "bars," just crumble!!! I pressed them into the pan with wax paper and put them in the fridge (maybe I should have done the freezer right off?). They looked great, but as soon as I went to cut them into bars, the whole thing just crumbled together. I think next time I will add a few dates to help them stick together better!

Heidi

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Nice but WAY too sweet. Will cut down on chocolate chips, honey and peanut butter next time I make this.

samara

Thursday 11th of October 2018

THANK YOU! . I need to try this .And I believe I have all of the ingredients on hand!