These No-Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars are made with just 7 ingredients and in just 20 minutes! No need to turn your oven on or spend hours slaving in the kitchen to make the ultimate on-the-go snack.
Does food ever go missing in your home? At my house things mysteriously disappear all the time. Not surprisingly they tend to be the sweets I bake. I have a feeling why they go missing… Because I’m terrible at sharing.
You would think growing up with three older siblings I might have learned this skill, but it seemed to do the opposite. I became very territorial about my food. I was blissfully unaware of this until I went to university and my poor roommates had to deal with my death stares after my food was eaten.
I should clarify that I am actually great at sharing food when I make something for the purpose of being shared i.e. decadent treats which I clearly can’t eat all by myself. But when it comes to healthy snacks or any of my weekly food prep meals, you better back away slowly before even considering eating any of them. I swear this relates to today’s recipe…
The other day my brother mentioned that a tea I was drinking tasted a lot like the mint chocolate protein bars I used to make all the time. I was a) shocked he actually ate something of mine that was healthy and b) enraged to discover he was my protein bar thief! All this time I’ve been blaming my Dad for eating my bars (sorry Dad!) when in fact it was my sneaky older brother. Do you see why I became so territorial? It also reminded me that I hadn’t made these deliciously healthy treats in a while and all of you definitely deserved the recipe.
Moral of the story is that these must be good since one of the pickiest eaters I know was ballsy enough to steal and enjoy them. Oh and that I clearly need to move out…
Serves: 12 Bars
- 1 cup of dates
- 1 cup of nuts (I used 1/2 cup cashews and 1/2 cup of almonds)
- 3/4 cup protein powder (I used Vega One French Vanilla but whey protein works too)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 T almond milk (if using whey protein, you will need to use slightly more)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Place dates in food processor and process until pea-like consistency is reached.
- Add in nuts and continue processing until dates and nuts are finely ground.
- Add in protein powder, cocoa powder, salt, peppermint extract and almond milk and process until a well-combined sticky ball is formed.
- Take a 9 x 9 inch baking dish and line with plastic wrap.
- Place bar mixture into dish and flatten, making sure the top is even.
- Place in freezer for at least 15 mins.
- Remove from freezer and lift plastic wrap out of dish.
- Cut into 12 bars.
- Store in fridge or freezer.
*edited: the original recipe used 1/2 cup puffed cereal (I used puffed millet but puffed rice or amaranth works) stirred in at the end. The recipe works with or without it.
*Now that I’ve sufficiently thrown him under the bus, I would like to redeem myself by wishing my big bro a very happy birthday today!!!