These Mint Chocolate Protein Bars are the perfect no-bake snack with 8 grams of protein, 11 grams of healthy fats and 4 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full! No-bake, vegan, cheaper than store-bought, and only 30 minutes in the freezer.
Remember when I said I ran out of nut butter and I needed some for my next recipe? Yup, these Mint Chocolate Protein Bars are why. I had my heart set on them for two reasons: because I wrote them down in my blogging calendar for today’s post, and I wanted homemade snacks for this week. Ha! Yup, that’s pretty much it. Not to mention they’re easy, quick, cost-effective, and tasty.
True story: I just tried my first GoMacro bar yesterday… Alright, hold on. Here I am giving you a protein bar recipe and I’m telling you I just tried a pre-packaged one. But let me be clear, I don’t ALWAYS have my own on hand and I like to figure out which pre-packaged ones are good for when I’m traveling, etc. Anyways, back to this GoMacro bar. They’re… OK. The ingredients, cool. The taste, fine. The texture, a little too much like a Quest bar for my liking. They weren’t bad or anything, and the macros are pretty decent (duh), but I was expecting something a little different. I mean all in all the bar isn’t bad, just not my favorite. Okay, I’ll stop rambling, just my
two ten cents. ?
THESE protein bars are however, exactly what I expected. (Obviously, I’ve only made them a dozen and one times.) Today’s batch is mint chocolate, courtesy of Rebecca, who gave this flavor suggestion from the last time I made protein bars. ?
The process is super simple and pretty much goes like this ::
dry ingredients ^^
add your wet ingredients (minus milk) ^^
after combined, add milk 1 TBS at a time ^^
Mix with your hands at the end until the dough is thick and moist ^^
Press into pan, working dough into all the corners and cover in melted chocolate ^^ Then pop in freezer for 30 minutes
And voilà! You’ve got yourself homemade protein bars that are just as tasty (if not tastier) as store-bought. Plus, CHEAPER. I went through the cost breakdown in my Gingerbread Protein Bars, which you can see here. ?
- 2 scoops (3/4 cup) plant protein powder (I used MRM Veggie Vanilla)
- ¼ cup almond meal/ or flour
- 2 TBS cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
- 2 TBS hemp protein powder*
- ½ cup natural nut or seed butter (no oil/sugar added)
- 3 TBS brown rice syrup (or honey if not strictly vegan)
- 1 TBS extra virgin coconut oil, melted
- ¼ tsp peppermint extract
- 3 TBS unsweetened non-dairy milk*
- Chocolate Topping:
- 2 TBS dairy-free mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- ⅛ tsp peppermint extract
- Line a medium-large bread pan with parchment paper, letting hang over sides and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine protein powder, almond meal, hemp protein powder, and cacao powder. Stir until well mixed and set aside.
- Add in nut or seed butter, brown rice syrup, melted coconut oil, and peppermint extract. Stir gently until well combined.
- Add one tablespoon of milk at a time, until mixture forms into crumbled dough texture (see picture in post). Dough should be moist, but slightly crumbly. Use your hands if necessary to make sure everything is well mixed at the end.
- Press mixture into prepared pan with slightly wet hands. Flatten as much as you can. (I used the overhang of parchment paper to press and get really flat.)
- In a small microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together, 10-30 seconds, in increments, until chocolate is completely melted, then add in peppermint extract and stir again.
- Pour melted chocolate over bars and place in freezer for 30 minutes, or refrigerator for at least 1 hour to set. Lift parchment paper from pan and cut into 10 bars.
- Store bars in airtight container in fridge up to 2 weeks, and in freezer well wrapped for up to 3 months.
*Make sure to add milk only 1 TBS at a time, stirring in between. All protein powders are different and will absorb liquid differently.
-I like to individually wrap bars and store in fridge and/or freezer for a quick snack or easy lunch packing.
SO, if you’re not making your own protein bars… What’s stopping you? (kidding, kind of ?)
What is your favorite protein bar to buy?? I have yet to try Squarebar but I’ve heard great things!
Happy hump ? day peeps!
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