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Rich chocolate taste with a fudgy texture, these Vegan Chocolate Protein Bars are perfect post-workout snacks or afternoon desserts for chocolate lovers, like me!
One thing I always crave is chocolate bars. And sometimes I would think of different kinds of chocolate bars so I could enjoy them in different situations (hence more opportunities to enjoy them).
Then I suddenly thought of protein bars, which I haven’t shared much before. Thus, this recipe was born.
But this recipe is not a common protein bar recipe. It’s specially designed to suit as many people’s dietary needs as possible.
What’s special about these chocolate protein bars?
- Vegan, no dairy, no animal products
- No-bake, very easy to put together
- Slightly fudge and chewy, like delicious cookie dough
- Rich in chocolate flavour, not overly sweet
- Only 7 ingredients needed! (I didn’t count water in)
Vegan Dark Chocolate Protein Bars
Vegan Chocolate Protein Bars
- 20 g dark chocolate, 70% (0.7oz)
- 120 g sunflower seed butter, (1/2 cup)*
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extrat
- 60 g drinking water, warm (1/4 cup)
- 45 g vegan protein powder, (~1.5 scoop)**
- 24 g cacao powder, (1/4 cup)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 28 g dark chocolate, 70% (1oz)
- 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds, toasted, optional
- Line an 8” loaf tin with baking paper.
- Chop the chocolate and add it to a heat-safe bowl. Melt the chocolate by using a double boiler (bain-marie) or microwaving for 30 seconds.
- Add sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and warm water to the melted chocolate. Use a whisk or a fork to mix all together.
- Then add vegan protein powder, cacao powder, and salt to the syrup/seed butter mixture. Mix everything together evenly.
- Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin. Use a spatula to spread the mixture out evenly, about 2/3 of the loaf tin. Use the sides of the baking paper to press it down firmly.
- Place the loaf tin into the freezer for 20 minutes or in the fridge for 40 minutes to set up.
- Take the loaf tin out from the fridge. Grab the baking paper on both sides to remove the protein bars from the tin. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 8 bars.
- Melt the chocolate (for topping) with a double boiler or microwave. Then drizzle it on top of the protein bars. Sprinkle the toasted sunflower seeds on top. Enjoy!
- *Sunflower seed butter: Here I use sunflower seed butter to make these bars nut-free, so more people can enjoy these bars. But if it’s not a concern for you, feel free to use nut butter, like almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter. (See How to Make Nut Butter)
- **Vegan protein powder: I use cocoa flavoured vegan protein powder. You can also use plain or vanilla flavoured ones.
- Storage: Store the chocolate protein bars in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days or 2 weeks in the freezer.
- Adatped from Bake It Paleo
How to Store Dark Chocolate Protein Bars
Store the chocolate protein bars in an air-tight container and put it in the fridge. It can last for about 4 days. If you want them to last longer. Pop them in the freezer, where they can last up to 2 weeks.
Extra Tips for Success
- Weigh the ingredients. Here we want the right ratio between each ingredients, so it’s always a good idea to use a kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients than using measuring cups.
- Use warm water when mixing. Temperature is important for chocolate. Because there’s some chocolate in the mixture, using cold water might make the whole thing hard to mix and combine.
- Melt the chocolate completely before adding more ingredients. Chocolate is one of the sensitive ingredients you need to pay attention to. Make sure to melt it completely before combining it with other ingredients.
Questions You Might Have
I don’t have cacao powder, can I use cocoa powder?
I’d say yes, you can, as long as you don’t might the difference in taste. Cacao powder is richer in cacao flavour and the colour is lighter as well. I’d say use what you have in the beginning and make the purchase if you really want to make the best version.
Are there other substitutions for sunflower seed butter?
Yes, if nuts are not a concern for you, feel free to use nut butter, like almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter. (See How to Make Nut Butter).
What kind of vegan protein powder can I use?
Here, I use cocoa flavoured vegan protein powder to make it more chocolatey. But you can also use plain or vanilla flavoured ones if that’s what you have.
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