Easy, no-bake plant-based protein bars that are naturally vegan, Paleo, grain-free & gluten-free!
- 1 cup (packed) pitted dates
- 1 cup chopped nuts or seeds (or a combination)
- 1/2 cup (packed) unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chocolate or vanilla plant-based protein powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Optional garnish: mini semisweet chocolate chips & more coconut flakes
- Soak the dates in a small bowl of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes until soft; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the water.
- Meanwhile, line a loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.
- Place drained dates and nuts/seeds in the bowl of a large food processor. Process until finely chopped and sticky.
- Add the protein powder and cocoa powder to processor bowl. Pulse mixture 4 to 5 times to combine and then scraped sides and bottom of bowl. Process until the ingredients come together into a cohesive “dough,” adding some or all of the reserved date water as needed.
- Place dough into prepared pan and very firmly tamp down (I use a second loaf pan to press down evenly).Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or freeze for 1-1/2 hours) until very firm.
- If desired, press a few chocolate chips and coconut flakes on top of bars.
- Remove from pan and cut into 8 bars.
Storage: Store the bars, wrapped, in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 1-3 days (they will become soft if kept out longer) in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.
Plant-Based (Vegan) Protein Powders: The options in this category have expanded substantially in recent years, so pick the one you like best. Note, however, that powders vary slightly in total calories and protein, as well as dryness, so adjust the recipe as needed (more powder, more liquid, etc).
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 198
- Sugar: 11.5 g
- Sodium: 67.9 mg
- Fat: 11.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 16.8 g
- Fiber: 4.3 g
- Protein: 11.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg