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Chocolate Protein Bars

These homemade chocolate protein bars are an easy no bake snack that tastes like dessert!

chocolate protein bars topped with sea salt flakes

You’ll love these chocolate protein bars!

These chocolate protein bars are so delicious and full of protein and healthy fats. Perfect for an on the go snack or a healthier dessert when you are craving something sweet!

I’m a big fan of protein powder recipes, but my rule is that they have to taste good and not be chalky. I lost count of how many times I tried to nail the perfect no bake chocolate protein bar recipe, but I know that I tested this recipe at least 8 times. The result was worth it!

Some of my favorite recipes using protein powder include energy balls, chocolate protein balls, monster cookie balls, and no bake protein bars.

These no bake bars are super chocolatey, have great texture, and are topped with flaky sea salt for a delicious salty sweet flavor.

chocolate protein bars stacked

Chocolate Protein Bar Ingredients

  • no stir creamy peanut butter: I love the flavor of chocolate and peanut butter together for these bars, but you can also substitute another nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter
  • honey: the natural sticky sweetener that holds it all together
  • rolled oats: also known as old fashioned oats
  • chocolate protein powder
  • cocoa powder: to really amp up the chocolate flavor
  • semi sweet chocolate chips: or substitute dark chocolate chips
  • flaked sea salt: for topping
ingredients needed to make chocolate protein bars

How to make chocolate protein bars

Step 1: Add the peanut butter, honey, rolled oats, protein powder, and cocoa powder to a large mixing bowl. Use a rubber spatula to combine the protein bar batter.

Step 2: Line an 8×8 baking dish with wax paper. Spread the batter evenly into the lined pan, and press it down with your hands or a rubber spatula.

Step 3: Melt the chocolate chips until smooth, then spread evenly over the top of the protein bars.

Step 4: Sprinkle the top with flaked sea salt before the chocolate hardens.

topping the bars with sea salt flakes

Chill the chocolate protein bars in the fridge for 1-2 hours, or until the chocolate hardens and completely sets.

topping the bars with sea salt flakes

Once the protein bars are set, use a knife to cut them into 16 squares.

chocolate protein bars cut into slices on a cutting board

How to store

  • in the refrigerator: store leftover bars in an airtight bag in the refrigerator for 5-7 days
  • in the freezer: store chocolate protein bars in an airtight bag in the freezer for 2-3 months. Allow it to thaw for several minutes at room temperature before eating
chocolate protein bars stacked

These would make a great post workout snack or a lunch box pick me up. All you need is just 7 ingredients and a few minutes to throw these together.

Protein Bars FAQs

Do I have to use peanut butter?

No, you can substitute the peanut butter for another nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter.

What kind of protein powder do you use?

I like using Garden of Life Raw Organic Chocolate Protein for this recipe.

Can I substitute maple syrup for the honey?

Yes, this should work just fine!

chocolate protein bars cut into 16 pieces
no bake chocolate protein bar

Meal prep a batch of these next week for quick and easy snacks!

chocolate protein bars stacked

No Bake Chocolate Protein Bars

Joy Shull
These easy homemade chocolate protein bars are made with simple ingredients and taste delicious!
4.39 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 183 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup no stir creamy peanut butter
  • cup honey
  • cup rolled oats
  • cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Flaked sea salt for topping

Instructions
 

  • Use a rubber spatula to stir together the creamy peanut butter, honey, rolled oats, protein powder, and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with wax paper
  • Spread the chocolate protein bar batter evenly into the pan
  • Melt the chocolate chips until smooth and spread evenly over the top of the protein bars with a rubber spatula
  • Sprinkle with flaked sea salt before the chocolate hardens
  • Chill the protein bars in the fridge until the chocolate is set (1-2 hours)
  • Slice into 16 squares
  • Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
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