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No-Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars

September 18, 2018

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.

No-Bake Protein Bars - Mint Chocolate

No Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars

Do you ever get flashbacks with recipes? This recipe brings me right back to when I was still living with my parents and my siblings stole all of the treats I made. I love that this recipe has stood the test of time and I still make (and crave!) them today.

The world seems to go crazy over protein balls and energy bites but I don’t see many people make their own protein bars. That changes today! I promise this recipe is just as easy as energy balls… maybe even easier because you don’t have to roll out 32859 balls.

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.

Why Protein Bars?

In my past life, I would have thought protein bars were what bodybuilders and extreme weightlifters needed and ate. That is so not the case! Everybody needs protein… Protein helps with bone health, boosts your metabolism, and helps your body repair after a workout or injury. I don’t think we necessarily need to look to add more protein to our diet but making sure you have a little bit of protein with every snack and meal is a good goal! Which is where these chocolate protein bars come in. They taste amazing and are a balanced snack that you can enjoy any time of day! Plus, you can’t beat the flavor combination of chocolate and mint… so good!

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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.Ingredients in No-Bake Mint Chocolate Bars

  • dates
  • nuts – I used cashews and almonds
  • protein powder (whey or plant-based works great)
  • cocoa powder
  • peppermint extract
  • almond milk
  • sea salt

How to Make the Best Protein Bar

You need two kitchen supplies to make these bars: a food processor and a baking pan. Start by pulsing the dates in a food process until they’re chopped up into pieces the size of a pea. Add in the nuts and process until the mixture is finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until a sticky ball is formed. 

Place the bar mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and flatten using your hands. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow the bars to set a bit. Remove from the freezer, cut into 12 bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. 


No-Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Bars 1x


  • 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 tbsp almond milk (if using whey protein, you will need to use slightly more)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Place dates in food processor and process until pea-like consistency is reached.
  2. Add in nuts and continue processing until dates and nuts are finely ground.
  3. Add in protein powder, cocoa powder, salt, peppermint extract and almond milk and process until a well-combined sticky ball is formed.
  4. Take a 9 x 9 inch baking dish and line with plastic wrap.
  5. Place bar mixture into dish and flatten, making sure the top is even.
  6. Place in freezer for at least 15 mins.
  7. Remove from freezer and lift plastic wrap out of dish.
  8. Cut into 12 bars.
  9. 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.


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  • Reply
    March 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, would love to try these. First what should the consistency be if I use whey powder? Also, any nutritional value for these? thank you.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Whey and other protein powders will yield similar results! You may need to add a bit more liquid (1-2 tbsp) if using whey. I unfortunately don’t have the nutritional value of the recipe. Feel free to enter it into a nutrition calculator online!

  • Reply
    March 10, 2016 at 7:45 am

    What is the nutritional content?

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    January 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I stumbled upon this recipe today looking for some healthy snack ideas. I made them and I loved them! I had to add a bit more of the almond milk (maybe 2 tsp?) to get them to that sticky point, but you were spot on with that suggestion I also did some rough calorie counting and divided by 12 and they come out approximately 100 cals. Talk about the best 100 cal snack I’ll have in a day!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Maven
      January 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      so happy to hear you enjoyed them! I make them all the time and just love having them on hand to snack on!

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    December 7, 2015 at 2:13 am

    hi there, just to be clear… •2 T almond milk means 2 tablespoons?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 7, 2015 at 8:26 am


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    Jessica Wilson
    July 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Made these and love them!!! They’re so good straight out of the freezer!

    Didn’t have almond milk so just used water since I used half almonds and half cashews like you did and when I make almond milk I always just blend almonds and water so I thought it’d be fine, and it was!

    Also don’t have a food processor (yet lol obviously need one for these recipes eventually!) but I have a Vitamix so I just blended the nuts in that then mixed them into pre-pureed baking dates along with the rest of the ingredients. Took a little while but worked! – Just in case anyone else doesn’t have a food processor. And you can also buy almond meal/flour or another nut flour if you don’t have a high powered blender!

    Thanks for the recipe!! Will be making again 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:32 am

      So happy you enjoyed them and thank you for your thoughtful comment! I always love hearing about people’s variations and I know they are so helpful to others as well. Now I’m inspired to go whip up a batch! Thanks so much Jessica!

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    May 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    never mind i loaded it on my fitness pal
    110 calories per bar
    7gr fat
    15gr carbs
    4gr fibres
    8gr sugar
    3gr protein

    you’re welcome 🙂

    • Reply
      May 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      sorry this is the correct
      Nutrition Facts
      Servings 12.0
      Amount Per Serving
      calories 126
      % Daily Value *
      Total Fat 6 g 10 %
      Saturated Fat 1 g 4 %
      Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
      Trans Fat 0 g
      Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
      Sodium 97 mg 4 %
      Potassium 122 mg 3 %
      Total Carbohydrate 11 g 4 %
      Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
      Sugars 8 g
      Protein 8 g 16 %
      Vitamin A 3 %
      Vitamin C 3 %
      Calcium 6 %
      Iron 1 %

  • Reply
    May 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    anybody knows the macros in this bar?

  • Reply
    April 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I just want to thank you for this! I know this post is a year and a half old, but I somehow just stumbled upon it yesterday and decided to try them last night. OMGosh. Delicious! You’re awesome!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Aw thank you! You totally made my day 🙂 One of my fav recipes too! So happy you’re enjoying them 🙂

  • Reply
    February 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    what is the measurement for the almond milk?!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 11, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      TWO tablespoons! Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    September 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

    What’s the nutritional information on this?
    Anyone know? I’d really appreciate it! !

  • Reply
    Nadia. Cabrales
    September 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Hi, want to try these tomorrow , can I substitute the mint ? What are your substitute suggestions ?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      September 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      you could certainly leave out the mint though I haven’t tried it myself. Perhaps try replacing it with vanilla extract or almond extract. Let me know how it tastes without it!

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