Fridays are for fudgey thangs.
Just like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. For some reason, lately I've been getting some lovely comments regarding my old recipe for Salted Chocolate Chia Energy Bars. Ya know, the pictures with that funky blue writing on top. Not dated at all, nope.
I knew it was high time to make an even better, more updated version. And with the on-the-go nature of my life as of late, sneaking plant-powered protein into my snacks is a great way to help me stay fuller for longer. I used my favorite Vega Sport in these babies because I had it on hand, but any plant-based protein powder made with brown rice or pea protein should work just fine!
If you don't have protein powder, you can make the original version and just use shredded coconut or oats. Hakuna matata!
Salted almond dark chocolate is my favorite dessert ever (besides molten lava cake, but who can whip that up at home?), so why not turn that delicacy into a portable treat? My wish is my command!
If you're not a salted chocolate fan...I mean...who are you.
KIDDING! These will still taste dreamy without the salt, but I highly recommend not leaving it out. I even go so far as to sprinkle them with a bit of salt at the end. I just can't even with the sweet and salty combo these days. Remember these Salted Chocolate Chia Popcorn Balls? Oh my garsh! Hitting each and every taste bud, here.
Salted Chocolate Fudge No-Bake Protein Bars
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 9 1x
- Category: Snack
These vegan and gluten-free salted chocolate no-bake protein bars make the perfect snack or dessert. They're naturally sweetened and totally flourless!
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates, packed (about 12 dates)
- 1 cup almonds (I used roasted salted almonds)
- ½ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup vanilla plant-based protein powder (can sub coconut or oats)
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Heaping ¼ tsp salt (go heavy if using raw almonds)
- 1 tbsp water or almond milk (if needed)
- Line a loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.If your dates are hard, soak them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to soften up.
- Place dates, almonds and walnuts in the bowl of a large food processor. Process a minute or two, or until a crumbly mixture is formed.
- Add protein powder, cacao powder, chia seeds, and salt. Use a spatula to break apart and stir mixture a bit by hand before processing again until a dough ball is formed. If mixture won't form a ball, add a tablespoon of almond milk.
- Place mixture in pan and flatten well with hands until even and smooth. Freeze overnight.
- Cut into 8-10 bars. Store in air-right container in freezer for best texture.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 229
- Sugar: 22g
- Sodium: 84mg
- Fat: 12
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4g
- Trans Fat: 0mg
- Carbohydrates: 29g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 7g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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Emilie @ Emilie Eats says
These look like legit fudge! How do you do it, oh great Hummusapien?! I'm thinking that my fridge desperately needs a batch of these sitting in it.
Hehehe I just ate one with three trillion gulps of almond milk and it was just heavennnn!!!! MAKE 'EM, gurl!
masala girl says
seriously, how can you not love salted dark chocolate?!making these as soon as amazon gets my Vega in 😀
masala girl says
seriously, how can you not love salted dark chocolate?! yummm.
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen says
Oh my gosh these look amazing!! I loveeee me a good homemade protein bar recipe, and I'm betting I would be in a serious relationship with these guys. Chocolate is everything, and I like a little salted every once in a while 🙂
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
Great recipe. Perfect to put me in a weekend mood.
Kelly @ Eat the Gains says
I love the slaty and sweet combo. Salted caramel is my jam!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
Love all the fudge things for everyday of the week! Lobe that these are basically dessert and snack at the same time which means you're basically winning all the time! Pinned 🙂
I think I'll be making these later today 🙂
Jenni Schaffer says
Made with all staple ingredients too! Very cool!
Love from South Florida!!!
Erin @ The Almond Eater says
If you're not a salted chocolate fan, GET OUT because these are everything. Pinning!