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Vegan Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

Full of Plants
These chewy protein bars are coated with a crispy layer of dark chocolate. Healthy and taste like a candy bar!
5 from 3 votes
Course Snack, Sweets
Servings 7 Bars
Calories 227 kcal

Ingredients
  

Coating

  • 15 ounces dark chocolate I used 70% cocoa

Instructions
 

  • Combine the almond butter and date syrup in a small sauce pan. Heat on low for about 1 minute until melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Place the date syrup/almond butter, and protein powder in the bowl of a food processor. Process for about 5 minutes. At first it will look like a fine powder, just scrap the sides of the bowl from time to time until small bits are starting to form. Test the dough to see if it holds together well by squeezing a little between your fingers.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler and add to the food processor. Process for another 20 seconds. Add the almonds and process for another 5-10 seconds until roughly chopped (to add some crunch).
  • Transfer the dough to a large bowl and add the brown rice crisps. Mix well with your hands until well incorporated.
  • Form a ball and transfer the dough to a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture very firmly into an even layer. The size of your pan will define how thick your bars will be. I like my bars to be around 1/3 inch thick.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Once firmer, cut into 6 square bars. Set aside.
  • Melt the dark chocolate in a double-boiler. One at a time, completely dip squares in melted chocolate using a fork. Let excess chocolate drip off and place onto waxed paper, or silpat. Sprinkle with some sea salt if you want and let stand 30 minutes or until set.
  • Once cooled, wrap each bar in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature or in the fridge in you want your bars firmer. If found the bars even tastier after a few days as the protein powder aftertaste tends to disappear.
  • The bars will keep for at least 1 month at room temperature.

Notes

Don't try to replace the date syrup with maple syrup, the bars would not hold together well. If you don't have date syrup, use brown rice syrup (you might have to add an additional tablespoon to the 1/3 cup).
Do not omit the melted chocolate, it is important to harden the bars. It also adds flavor.
Almond butter and almonds can be replaced with peanut butter and peanuts for "Peanut butter cups protein bars".
The nutritional information provided is just an estimation. Depending on the protein powder, sweetener and how thick the chocolate coating is, numbers might not be accurate.
To get a thin coating, use high-quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa butter. Chocolate chips are not recommended and may result in a thicker coating.
 The overall final taste will depend mostly on the protein powder you are using.

Nutrition

Serving: 1BarCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 20.4gProtein: 11.5gFat: 10.8gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 12g
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