Foodie Friday: 5 Ingredient Double Chocolate Protein Bars


Double Chocolate Protein Bars {Gluten Free, Vegan}

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

Our theme today is a healthy on-the-go snack so I’m sharing my easy-peasy 5 ingredient NO BAKE gluten free and vegan protein bar recipe.  These literally take no-time to whip up and once you let them sit in the fridge for a few hours, they’re ready to grab and go!

The ingredients consist of just almond butter [even though raw almonds are pictured- they were just more photogenic 😉 ], vegan chocolate protein powder, vegan and dairy free chocolate chips, Crunchy Flax + Chia cereal and pitted dates!

5 Ingredient Double Chocolate Protein Bars {Gluten Free, Vegan}

 I apologize for the lack of photos…the lightening in my house was terrible .  These were actually taken out in the snow in single degree temps all for the sake of good lighting.  You’re welcome. 😉 

5 Ingredient Double Chocolate Protein Bars {Gluten Free, Vegan}

 


Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax + Chia Cereal
  • 1 cup all natural almond butter
  • 1 scoop of vegan chocolate protein powder (I used Plant Fusion)
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup of dairy free chocolate chips, melted

Directions: 

  1. In a large blender combine cereal, almond butter, protein powder, and dates.  Blend until combined.  
  2. Transfer to an 8X8 glass dish and smooth out with a spoon until flat and even. 
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a cup in the microwave for approximately 40-60 seconds.  Add either dairy free milk or coconut oil to thin (a little splash or dab) if necessary. 
  4. Drizzle over top of protein bar mixture and cover. 
  5. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours or so to let harden. 
  6. Remove and cut into bars. 
  7. ENJOY! :) 
You might also like:  Meatless Monday: Honey & Hemp Peaches 'N Cream on Toast

 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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47 Comments

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply January 30, 2015

Pure chocolate love! You know I'll be sharing these on the PlantFusion page!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Woohoo, thank you! Plant Fusion is by far my favorite for making treats, has the best taste!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 30, 2015

You best bring me these when you come and visit in MAYYYYYYYY
If we don't meet up then my life is for naught. Just saying.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    I will whip up a batch just for you! And I so better see you or I WILL CRY!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply January 30, 2015

wow- those look great! and what dedication to take such beautiful pictures! I've never heard of that cereal but I will put in on the grocery list and see if we can find it or is it a health food store only item? Protein bas are expensive and I would love to learn to make them, nice job!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    I actually found it in my regular grocery store in the gluten free section. You can sub oats too or rice krispies :)

jess meddows
Reply January 30, 2015

Oh my gosh! Annmarie, these look so tasty! And vegan too :D
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Thank you!!! :)

Brittany
Reply January 30, 2015

these look delicious! I have never had that cereal!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Thank you! I found it in the gluten free section of my grocery store- you can also sub oats or rice krispies too :)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 30, 2015

These look so good! I've never seen the cereal though, where did you get it?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Thank you! I found it in the gluten free section of my regular grocery store but something like rice krispies would work too :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply January 30, 2015

These look great! You really took one for the team by going out in that cold. brrrrr
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    Reply January 30, 2015

    Haha, yes- it was necessary ;)

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply January 30, 2015

Yummmm for a date recipe!!! I Love them and think they are highly underrated. :) I won't even admit how may outside in the snow photos I've taken over the years for lighting. Great job!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    I honestly just started using more dates in my recipes and I am in love! These pics still aren't the best but the white snow really helps for back lighting and brightening everything up :)

Sarah
Reply January 30, 2015

Oh these look delicious and my family and I love chocolate and peanut butter! Thanks for hosting and can't wait to check out all the other delicious recipes in the link up!
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    Reply January 30, 2015

    I can't wait to check out your Chocolate Chai Power Balls- I was drooling over them when you posted the picture yesterday!!!

Jill
Reply January 30, 2015

These look yummy! Plant Fusion is my all time fave vegan protein! But I don't know where to get that cereal?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Plant Fusion rocks!!! The cereal was in the gluten free section of my regular grocery store. You can also sub oats or rice krispies :)

Larissa
Reply January 30, 2015

These look great! I way to indulge a chocolate craving with less guilt. :-)
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Haha, exactly! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply January 30, 2015

I am not sure how I feel about dates but those look amazing! I've not heard of that cereal before.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    You literally can't even taste the dates in them. Just adds a touch of sweetness and helps hold it together a bit!

GiGi Eats
Reply January 30, 2015

I am CRAVING vegan protein powder right now, is that weird??? lol!
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    Reply January 30, 2015

    LOL! It is sorta weird but I completely understand it. I guess I'm weird too ;)

Marcia
Reply January 30, 2015

These look so good I'm definitely making them. Pinned!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Thanks! I hope you enjoy!!! :D

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 30, 2015

Ok - we need to start a legit list of things I need to make when you're in NYC and things you need to make when I'm in Syracuse because this is about the 500th thing I want you to make. Annnnnnd go!
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    Reply January 30, 2015

    OMG I know...there are so many things you have made and now I can't even remember- I should have been writing them down. CRAP! I will have to go back and blog stalk. We are certainly going to be busy cooking, baking and #drinkingallthewine ;)

Cassandra @PoweredByBling
Reply January 30, 2015

No Bake! I'm all about that for a healthy treat. I love that you used Plant Fusion as your protein - my personal fav!!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    I love Plant Fusion for baking (even though these is no bake). Has the best taste in my opinion :)

Nora @ 2 Generations Running
Reply January 30, 2015

Oh yum, those look amazing!!! I definitely want to test these out. Haha and props to you for braving winter weather in the quest for good lighting! The pics you did take look great :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Thanks Nora!!! It was a terrible time of day but I am just happy they aren't all dark and muted :P Hope you have a great weekend!

Sharon
Reply January 30, 2015

Wow! These look great! Just pinned it to make later! Thanks! :) Is this cereal at Whole foods?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Thank you! It should be? I don't have a Whole Foods here (sad story, I know) but if I found it in my rural little grocery store, I am assume you would be able to find it at Whole Foods too- maybe in the GF section?

Farrah
Reply January 30, 2015

These look amazing, and I totally feel ya on going out in the bitter cold/snow just to attempt to get better lighting, hahaha. ;_;
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    Reply January 30, 2015

    Oooh the things we do for a good foodie pic! ;)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 31, 2015

Annmarie! These look amazing :) I've been using dates in my smoothies and LOVE it - natural sweetener ;) happy Friday!!
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Kierston
Reply January 31, 2015

Yum! And easy to make too :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 31, 2015

    So easy! Maybe takes 5 minutes :)

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply February 2, 2015

These look amazing. I need to start making homemade bars instead of spending a fortune on them at GNC.
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 2, 2015

    Thank you! They are so easy to make and so much less expensive than store bought ones!!!

MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog
Reply February 2, 2015

I am so making my own version of these! What is the cereal like? Do you think there are some more generic substitutes out there?

MB
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    Reply February 2, 2015

    Definitely do it- they're delicious! Hard to say- I think Rice Krispies might work but these are definitely a bit more dense than that. I'd say anything of the puffed variety might work!

Esther
Reply February 5, 2015

They look fabulous!!! Yummy and easy! 2 of my favorite things!
Thanks for sharing :)
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    Reply February 5, 2015

    Haha yes, they are both ;)

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