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!)!
8 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Covered Mocha Protein Bars”
What kind of chocolate are you dipping the bars in? I didn’t see any chocolate in the ingredient list except cocoa powder, and I was assuming it got mixed into the mixture with all of the other ingredients for the bars? Are you just melting dark chocolate to dip them in? If so, how much and did you use unswettened or semi-sweet? Thank you for clarifying this for me 🙂
Ahh! You’re totally right, I forgot to list chocolate in the ingredients. I used 85% dark chocolate – about half a bar though you can use as much as your taste buds require!
These look delicious! What is better in the world besides coffee and dark chocolate?? (besides chocolate and peanut butter of course 😉 ) I can’t wait to make these! Also, just completed my first 12 minute work out. I downloaded the pdf and app about 4 months ago and FINALLY got the courage to try it out. LOVED it! I’m wiped. Can’t wait for more! Thank you so much for your awesome workouts and recipes!
12MA is one of my favorite resources.
I love making these bars to stow away in my pack lunches: can’t seem to keep up with my metabolism some days! Just made batch v2 and doing some experimentation. 🙂
Yum! These bars are totally perfect for experimenting with, you come up with any good substitutions?
Krista, thanks for the protein powder discount code! All these flavors look fantastic – do you have a favorite flavor of this brand? Cinnamon Roll sounds excellent…
Mmm no problem! I actually really like the cinnamon roll one. It’s really awesome for baking too if you like that sort of thing 🙂
Krista – whey protein powder and me don’t do well. I have some plain egg white protein powder – do you think I can substitute that? Should I add more cocoa powder (and perhaps honey, since it’s unsweetened?)to make up for it not being chocolate flavored?
Thanks for the awesome recipes!
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