Years in the past once I was first studying refuel my physique after a exercise, I might seize no matter snack was out there within the gymnasium’s merchandising machine. It was 2009, and everybody was nonetheless on the low-fat food plan craze. I bear in mind wolfing down bars with bizarre components: pretend fiber and sugar, plus loads of components I couldn’t pronounce. Shortly after the bars with insane quantities of fiber got here on the scene; they had been stuffed with fiber that isn’t even present in nature, however slightly made in a lab. These sketchy mofos.

Quickly after I began making my very own fiber and protein packed bars stuffed with easy components and tons of taste.

Enter: these do-it-yourself no bake coconut chocolate protein bars filled with actual, healthful components and a very good ratio of fat, fiber and carbs. AKA excellent for publish exercise, or a fast on-the-go snack.

Fall in love with these do-it-yourself no bake protein bars

I first made these coconut chocolate protein bars again in 2017 and so they grew to become a real AK staple. They’re certainly one of my favourite protein bars to make and preserve within the fridge.

  • Protein-packed. These infants are filled with 10g of protein per serving from nut butter and your favourite protein powder, making them the proper post-workout snack.
  • Loads of wholesome fat. The nut butter, chia seeds and coconut all add the proper increase of wholesome quick to maintain you full and glad.
  • AMAZING style. These protein bars are significantly ok to take pleasure in for dessert! With wealthy darkish chocolate, nut butter and coconut they’re nearly like a wholesome almond pleasure. They’re additionally naturally sweetened with slightly honey as a substitute of stevia or erythritol (generally present in packaged protein bars).

mixing peanut butter to make coconut and chocolate protein bars

What you’ll have to make these coconut chocolate protein bars

You’re going to like the straightforward components in these wonderful protein bars. They’re the proper means to make use of pantry staples in a filling, scrumptious snack. Right here’s the whole lot you’ll have to make them:

  • Peanut butter: the principle ingredient on this protein bar recipe is peanut butter. The vital factor to recollect is to make use of a pure, drippy peanut butter made with simply peanuts and salt. I like Wild Associates peanut butter: use the code ‘ambitious15’ for 15% off your order!
  • Coconut oil: slightly little bit of coconut oil helps the bars keep moist and chewy with the addition of peanut butter. It additionally helps the bars arrange properly and gives the addition of wholesome fat and taste (hiya a touch of coconut!) Don’t skip it.
  • Honey: I naturally sweetened these coconut chocolate protein bars with slightly honey.
  • Protein powder: I like me some common or vanilla protein powder and particularly love sharing how it may be utilized in issues apart from smoothies. I like to make use of Important Proteins Collagen Peptides or Bob’s Pink Mill. For plant based mostly or vegan, I like Aloha and 4 Sigmatic.
  • Oats: get a pleasant chewy texture from rolled oats! Don’t neglect them. Additionally, make sure you use gluten free licensed oats in the event you’re GF.
  • Dried fruit: I used dried cherries on this recipe however I believe you would go along with no matter is your favourite or skip it altogether! They’re fully non-obligatory.
  • Chia seeds: utilizing chia seeds provides a lift of fiber, protein, omega 3 and crunch. I’m in love.
  • Coconut: you’ll get one other increase of wholesome fat and fantastic taste from unsweetened shredded coconut.
  • Chocolate: gotta do it up with that drizzle of darkish chocolate. YUM.

no bake chocolate and coconut protein bars in a loaf pan

Make these protein bars your individual

Be happy to combine and match the components in these coconut chocolate protein bars. Work with what you’ve got! Listed here are some recommendations:

  • Select your nut butter. I like utilizing peanut butter in these protein bars however you should utilize any nut or seed butter you’d like! Simply make sure it’s a pure, drippy form that’s simply nuts or seeds and salt. Sunflower seed butter could be fantastic for the kiddo’s lunch packing containers.
  • Get artistic with dried fruit. I used dried tart cherries however be at liberty to go loopy along with your fav sorts. Chopped dried figs, dates, or dried blueberries (MY FAV) would all be wonderful! Or you possibly can skip the fruit all collectively like I do more often than not.
  • Preserve them vegan: these coconut chocolate protein bars are naturally sweetened with honey however be at liberty to make use of maple syrup or coconut palm syrup to maintain them vegan. You should definitely use dairy free chocolate chips for the drizzle, too!

drizzling chocolate onto coconut protein bars

Can I skip the protein powder?

I wouldn’t advocate omitting the protein powder because the bars received’t maintain collectively very properly. When you don’t have any protein powder readily available, be at liberty so as to add almond flour as a substitute and blend it in till a comfortable dough kinds.

no bake coconut chocolate protein bars on parchment paper

Coconut & chocolate protein bars in 4 easy steps

  1. Combine the moist components. You’ll wish to combine collectively the peanut butter, coconut oil, honey & vanilla in a saucepan over low warmth so that they get good and easy.
  2. Add the dry. Stir within the protein powder, then fold in your yummy add-ins: oats, dried fruit, chia seeds and coconut. Add the “dough” to a lined 8×4 inch loaf pan and press it down evenly.
  3. Soften the chocolate. Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a saucepan over low warmth and soften it. You too can do that in a microwave protected dish! Drizzle it over the bars.
  4. Refrigerate and luxuriate in. Put the bars within the fridge to set for about 1 hour, then slice and luxuriate in!

homemade coconut chocolate protein bars on parchment paper

How you can retailer do-it-yourself protein bars

  • Within the fridge: retailer these coconut chocolate protein bars in an hermetic container or a Stasher Bag within the fridge for as much as 1 week.
  • Within the freezer: be at liberty to maintain them in a freezer-safe bag in your freezer for as much as 1 month. When you do preserve them in your freezer, make sure you go away them out on the counter for a couple of minutes earlier than serving in order that they soften up a bit.

stack of coconut chocolate protein bars

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Coconut & Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

coconut chocolate protein bars on parchment paper

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Whole Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Scrumptious no bake coconut chocolate protein bars made with easy components like oats, peanut butter, chia seeds and your favourite protein powder. These wholesome coconut and chocolate protein bars are filled with wholesome fat, straightforward to customise and a fantastic do-it-yourself snack to have readily available!


  • 1/2
    pure peanut butter (simply peanuts + salt)
  • 2
    coconut oil
  • 1/3
    honey (use coconut palm syrup if vegan)
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    vanilla protein powder*
  • 1
  • 1
    chia seeds
  • 2
    chocolate chips + 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/3
    unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Non-compulsory: 1/3 cup dried tart cherries (or dried fruit of selection)
  • Fancy sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Warmth peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and vanilla in a saucepan over low warmth. Combine collectively till properly mixed and easy, then take away from warmth and switch to a big bowl. 

  2. Stir in protein powder till easy, then fold in oats, chia seeds, coconut and dried cherries, if utilizing. Place in a 8×4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper.

  3. Add chocolate chips and coconut in a small saucepan and place over low warmth till melted. Drizzle over the tops of the bars. Sprinkle with sea salt.

  4. Place in fridge for 1 hour earlier than eradicating from pan and reducing into 10 bars or squares. Retailer bars in fridge tightly wrapped or in an hermetic container for as much as 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

*When you don’t have any protein powder readily available, be at liberty so as to add almond flour as a substitute and blend it in till a comfortable dough kinds.

Vitamin information doesn’t embrace dried fruit, however does embrace chocolate.

To maintain these bars vegan: Use a vegan protein powder and coconut palm syrup, maple syrup or brown rice syrup as a substitute of honey.


Servings: 10 bars

Serving dimension: 1 bar

Energy: 210kcal

Fats: 13.1g

Saturated fats: 5.7g

Carbohydrates: 19.5g

Fiber: 3.1g

Sugar: 10.7g

Protein: 7.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Bold Kitchen | Pictures by: Eat Love Eats

This recipe was initially revealed on February 21, 2017, up to date & republished on April 19, 2021, and republished on October fifth, 2022.

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