These No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Butter Bars double as a protein bar recipe and a healthy dessert. It’s an irresistible dark chocolate protein bar recipe that requires just one bowl and a fridge. Vegan and Gluten-Free, too!
Well, my friends, I am officially one year away from being the big 3-0… Meaning today is my 29th birthday. It feels weird writing that… 29. I AM 29 YEARS OLD. Weeiirrddd. Not sure how I feel about it yet.
It’s kind of fun to think about my early twenties though… I graduated with a degree in Fashion Design but here I sit (literally) six years later writing a blog that I get to call my full-time job. Though I’ve only had my blog for two and a half years (you can listen to the full story on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast here) so I did use my degree for four years before I started Fit Mitten Kitchen.
But nope, I write to you guys and create healthy recipes for you that I develop in my own kitchen like these AMAZING cashew butter bars. They are no-bake, topped with dark chocolate and packed with vegan protein!
No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Butter Bars
That’s right! I come to you today with a no-bake chocolate cashew butter bar recipe that can literally be stirred together in one bowl! Packed with light and delicious plant-based protein and rich dark chocolate, you can eat these protein bars as a healthy snack or satisfying dessert!
Chocolate Cashew Butter Bars Ingredients
- creamy cashew butter
- coconut oil
- honey, or brown rice syrup
- plant protein powder
- cashew meal, or almond meal
- dairy-free dark chocolate chips
How To Make Chocolate Cashew Butter Bars
- Prepare loaf pan. Line a 8 x 4 or 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Stir together wet ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix together cashew butter, coconut oil and honey (or brown rice syrup).
- Add dry ingredients. Stir in the plant protein powder and cashew meal until well combined.
- Set in the fridge. Transfer the cashew butter bar mixture to the prepared loaf pan and set in the refrigerator to chill.
- Melt the dark chocolate topping. In a small saucepan, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil and melt over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour over the set cashew butter bars and place them in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes-1 hour.
- Slice and serve. Allow the dark chocolate protein bars to come to room temperature and then slice into 10 bars. Enjoy!
A Little Note on Vegan Protein
The texture of your cashew butter bars will vary based on the brand of vegan protein powder you use in this homemade recipe. Some protein powders absorb more moisture than others, so be mindful that you may need to add a few tablespoons non-dairy milk to get the right consistency.
Healthline offers a bit more information about the differences between plant-based protein powders.
Tips For The Best Cashew Butter Bars:
- Use your favorite nut butter. I chose cashew butter since that’s my favorite, but feel free to substitute an equal amount of almond, peanut or sunflower seed butter.
- Add non-dairy milk, if necessary, depending on the brand of vegan protein. Each brand of protein absorbs moisture differently, so add 1 Tablespoon at a time of plant-based milk if the mixture seems a bit dry and crumbly.
- Sub the plant protein with coconut flour for Paleo cashew butter bars. If going this direction, use 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons coconut flour. The texture of the bars will be softer, but it offers a nice contrast with the hard chocolate.
How To Store
These healthy no-bake chocolate cashew butter bars will keep best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
For longer storage, place the sliced protein bars in a plastic freezer storage bag, seal tight, label, date and freeze for up to 1 month. Remove from the freezer for 5 minutes to take the chill off and enjoy!
More Protein Bar Recipes You’ll Love:
- Coconut and Almond Butter Protein Bars
- Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars
- Vegan Baked Banana Protein Bars
- Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Protein Bars
- Paleo Cacao Coffee Protein Bars
- 4-Ingredient Homemade Protein Bars
- Nut-Free Ginger Chocolate Protein Bars
If you make these No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Butter Bars, be sure to leave a comment and review on the blog! I love hearing from you, and it helps others learn more about the recipe too! Xx Ashley
for the base:
- 3/4 cup creamy cashew butter* (I used homemade)
- 1 TBS coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup organic raw honey, or brown rice syrup if strictly vegan
- 3/4 cup plant protein powder**
- 1/4 cup cashew meal (or almond meal)
for the chocolate topping:
- Line a loaf pan (8×4 or 9×5) with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, add cashew butter, oil and honey or brown rice syrup. Use spoon or rubber spatula to stir until well combined.
- Add protein powder and cashew meal, gently stir until the powder is well mixed in – mixture will be thick, almost feeling like soft cookie dough. You may need to use your hands at the end to combine. Note: plant protein powders are all different and may absorb the wet ingredients differently. If the mix feels dry, simply add 1 TBS non-dairy milk at a time until the dough comes together.
- Transfer cashew butter dough into lined pan, pressing evenly into all four corners. Transfer to fridge while you make the chocolate topping.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, continuously stirring until smooth. You can also use a microwave, melting in 20 second increments, stirring in between each time.
- Remove pan from fridge and pour melted chocolate over top of dough. Return the pan to the fridge and allow the bars to set – about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Allow the bars to sit at room temperature before slicing into 10 bars. Letting the bars sit at room temperature before cutting into will help keep the chocolate top from cracking.
*You can use your choice of thick, creamy nut butter here – almond, peanut butter, or even sunflower seed butter will work.
***Feel free to use your favorite chocolate here – semi-sweet, milk chocolate, non-dairy-free, etc.
- Serving Size: 1/10th
- Calories: 379
- Sugar: 37g
- Sodium: 156mg
- Fat: 17g
- Saturated Fat: 5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 47g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 13g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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