Fudgy Chocolate Protein Bars

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NOTE: Many readers have not had great luck with this recipe, so I am working on re-making it and re-writing it (you can read through the comments to get an idea of how the recipe may turn out). In the meantime, check out these other great protein bar/bite recipes: Homemade Chocolate Dipped Protein Bars and Chocolate Nut Butter Protein Bites.  

If you have food allergies and are watching what you eat, it can be hard to find portable protein sources. Most protein bars have milk or soy in them, which are problematic for me, and many commercial protein bars are full of mystery ingredients that make them little better than a candy bar. I love Larabars and Kind bars, but I often want more protein and less fat then they provide.

Making your own protein bars allows you to control the ingredients (no mystery there!), the flavors, and the calories. Here is a chocolatey protein bar recipe that is allergy-friendly, gluten free, and also happens to be vegan and mostly raw! This one is low in fat and sugar, and high in fiber and protein, making it perfect. If you like the “100 calorie” snack concept, you can easily make these 100 calories by dividing the recipe into 6 smaller bars.

Fudgy Protein Bars - The Fit Cookie

Fudgy Chocolate Protein Bars
Makes 5 bars

Vegan; Free of: nuts, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, corn

5 scoops chocolate rice protein powder * (I used SunWarrior Chocolate Rice Protein Powder)
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons gluten-free quick oats
3 Tablespoons flax meal
1-2 Tablespoons Truvia or Stevia in the Raw, to taste
10-12 Tablespoons water (or milk of choice)
2 Teaspoons vanilla

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the protein powder, cocoa powder, oats, flax meal, and Truvia.
  2. Mix the water/milk with the vanilla and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well until a dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough evenly into 5 portions and form into a bar shape. Wrap with plastic wrap, foil, or parchment and store in the fridge. Enjoy!

* One scoop is about 3 Tablespoons

Here is the nutrient breakdown for these bars based on the ingredients I used.

Nutrients per bar (5 bars):
Calories: 119
Fat: 3 g
Carbohydrates: 12.5 g
Fiber: 4.5 g
Sugar: 1 g
Protein: 18 g

Nutrients per bar (6 bars):
Calories: 99
Fat: 2.5 g
Carbohydrates: 10.5 g
Fiber: 3.5 g
Sugar: 1 g
Protein: 15 g

Recipe originally adapted from Clean Eating Magazine


  1. Barbara says

    I made these and they turned out rather fudge like as stated by the others. I rolled mine into balls instead and rolled them in quick oats to seal them. Could be done with coconut, ect to seal the outside. They are almost like drop cookies now. Very moist on the inside but at least workable thanks to the rolled oats.

  2. says

    Just made these…… Followed directions exactly with the exception of water which i only used 6 tbsp instead of the full 10-12. What it made was chocolate sauce the consistency of fudge. :(

    • says

      Hi Emilee! You can mix in more protein powder a little at a time until they firm up, then chill them to set up more. Different kinds of protein powders will absorb water differently, so I would use a bit less water or milk next time, then add water or protein powder as needed to get the texture you want.

    • thefitcookie27 says

      Yep, you could use agave, pure maple syrup, or honey in this recipe, just be sure to adjust the other liquid (non-dairy milk) as necessary to get the right texture.

  3. anne says

    I’d like to make this as a snack but don’t want to use the protein powder.
    Can I use something else instead to keep consistency of bar the same or just leave it out?

    • Sarah Jane says

      Hi Anne! For the best taste and texture, I would replace the protein powder with ground nuts or ground coconut shreds. Replacing with some kind of flour probably wouldn’t taste that very good. You can put some nuts or some coconut flakes in a spice or coffee grinder and process until they are fine and mix those into your mixture instead of using protein powder. They should taste pretty yummy, especially if you mix nuts and coconut! The recipe calls for 5 scoops protein powder (15 Tablespoons) = just about 1 cup so I would use 1 cup of nut meal or coconut to replace the protein powder. You might also need to add some nut butter or honey as a binder. Let me know if you try it out!

  4. Amber says

    What could I use instead of flax ? I have searched online for hours for dairy soy nut free protein bar. Not much luck ! I’ll try this one tonight!

    • says

      Hi Amber! In place of the flaxseed meal, you could use ground chia seed, more gf oats, or rice bran. Finding allergy-friendly protein bars is hard! Let me know how these turn out for you. I will try to post some more protein bar recipes in the future : )


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