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Chocolate Fudgy Protein Bars ~ Gluten free & plant based

This Chocolate Fudgy Protein Bar is the bomb. Fellow chocolate lovers, you are in luck. I’ve got a rich, fudgy, and surprisingly healthy treat for you to try.

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Everyone who’s tried these protein bars agrees, that they deserve two thumbs up. These gluten-free protein bars are best served cold or frozen.

Since these protein bars are a refrigerated treat, so if you take them on a picnic or road trip bring a cooler.

This recipe is adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie, she calls it, Chocolate Workout Brownies. I added a peanut butter, and chocolate drizzle combination over mine with chopped nuts.  We add chopped walnuts to almost all our cookies and brownies. Plus the bars look kind of fancy with nuts.

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I love these rich chocolate bars and I’ve made them five times already! Why are they called Fudgy Protein Bars? For me, it’s like eating a healthier piece of fudge with a protein boost. And…I don’t just save them for workouts.

gluten-free fudgy protein bars

Looking at all this wonderful chocolate you can see why I have made them several times in just a few weeks. These fudgy bars are another great use of those ripe bananas.

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To Make These Chocolate Fudgy Protein Bars You Will Need These Ingredients:

  • Ripe or spotted bananas
  • Peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice. I’ve used sunflower seed butter with great results.
  • Chocolate protein powder. I use Orgain Organic Protein Powder; it is gluten-free and plant-based.
  • Cocao powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pure maple syrup or agave ~ honey is an option for nonplant-based.
  • Chopped walnuts ~ optional
  • Mini allergy-friendly chocolate chips
  • Additional peanut butter, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts for topping (optional)

Each fudgy square has 7 grams of protein. If you want to reduce the number of calories in these bars just leave off the nuts and drizzle on top, this will remove 66 calories from each bar.

You might also want to try these chocolate protein whoopie pies, every bite is a dreamy delight.


Chocolate Fudgy Protein Bars    

Allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and vegan chocolate protein bars that are rich and fudgy.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: allergy-friendly chocolate protein bars, chocolate protein bars, gluten-free and vegan chocolate protein bars
Servings: 14 Bars
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Mary Krick


  • 1 cup Ripe or spotted bananas ~ mashed
  • 2/3 cup Peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice.

    ~ I've used sunflower seed butter with great results.

  • 3 tbsp ~ or 1 scoop chocolate protein powder. ~ I use Orgain Organic Protein Powder; it is gluten-free and plant-based.
  • 1/3 cup Cocao powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup

    Pure maple syrup or agave ~ honey is an option for nonplant-based.

  • 2 tbsp

    Chopped walnuts

  • 2 tbsp

    Mini allergy-friendly chocolate chips

    ~ I use Enjoy Life
  • Additional 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and chopped nuts for topping (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Peanut butter ~ optional
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate chip ~ optional
  • 3 tbsp Chopped nuts ~ optional


  • Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8"X 8" pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl add mashed bananas and peanut butter. Mix well.

  • Stir in chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix well.

  • Add vanilla, syrup, nuts, and chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.

  • Pour mixture into a lined baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Don't test doneness, just remove them from the oven and let them reach room temperature. At this point, you can melt the additional chocolate chips and peanut butter together in the microwave in a small custard dish. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. I heat the mixture for about 40 seconds on 50% power. Stir to combine and drizzle or spread like a thin coating of frosting over bars. Sprinkle chopped nuts overall. As the chocolate cools it will become firm and this helps the nuts stick to the bars.
  • Another option is to sprinkle the nuts over the bars first and drizzle the chocolate peanut butter mixture over top. Either way works to help the nuts stay it's tasty too!
  • Cut the bars and enjoy! Now with that said, these bars are intended to be eaten chilled or frozen. I love them frozen best. They are like fudge candy. But...I always eat a warm one as well.


147 Calories without additional drizzle topping and nuts


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg


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