I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of chocolate, coffee, and protein. So putting the three together to create mocha flavored protein bars just seemed like a very logical—and delicious—idea.
Plus, since most store bought protein bars are loaded with sugar and uncool ingredients, it’s a better option to make your own whenever you can. And since these bars require no baking and are easy to throw together, you can make them whenever you’re in need of an easy, totally satisfying, protein-packed snack.
Here’s how to make dark chocolate covered mocha protein bars:
1 cup All Pro Science Barvarian chocolate whey protein powder (get 40% off with code Twelve40!)
1/2 cup gluten-free oats (or 1/2 cup oat flour)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp coconut flour (could use almond flour instead but you might need to adjust liquid amount)
2 Tbsp ground espresso or coffee (use just one Tbsp if you don’t want as much coffee taste)
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
About 1/2 a bar of dark chocolate (I used 85%)
If you’re using whole oats (instead of oat flour), put the oats into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the oats in a medium sized bowl, then add the remaining ingredients and use a spoon to stir everything together so there are no chunks of anything left.
Warning: the mixture will be sticky! If it seems a little too dry though, add a little more almond milk, and if it’s a little too wet, add a little more protein powder or oat flour.
At this point, you can try and mold the dough into bars, or stick it in the fridge for an hour (or freezer for 15 to 30 minutes) to make it easier to work with. Mold the dough into four bars, and place on wax or parchment paper to keep the dough from getting everywhere.
Next, melt your chocolate on the stovetop or in the microwave, making sure not to burn it. Dip the bars into the chocolate so that they’re fully covered, return them to wax paper, and stick back in the fridge or freezer.
Once the chocolate has firmed a bit, feel free to cover them individually in plastic wrap or foil so they’re easier to take with you.
Eat chilled or frozen with a shot or two of espresso on the side (optional, but delicious!)!