Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

I had a little fun in the kitchen baking with protein powder yesterday afternoon. Baking and protein powder? Yep, that’s right. Protein powder is actually a fairly versatile ingredient! I wanted to make something delicious, but also semi-healthy and satisfying to eat before or after a workout. With that said, here’s a tasty recipe for Chocolate Chip Protein Bars. Chocolate chips and vanilla protein powder combine to make a sweet, light, and fluffy treat packed with protein.

ChocolateChipProteinBars

I used vanilla Fitmixer protein powder, but I think pretty much any whey protein or flavor would probably work in this recipe. Mmm… I bet chocolate protein powder would be really yummy!

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend well.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 8X8 baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 23-25 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through and the top begins to brown.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting.

Makes 16 bars

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78 Comments

        1. @Michelle @ Eat Move Balance: I made them with the Sunwarrior natural flavor today. They looked nice out of the oven but after they cooled they were very crumbly, I think something extra would be needed as a binder to firm them up. Not sure what….

  1. There is only one cup of dry ingredient (protein powder) in the whole recipe? I’m just wondering if some sort of flour was missed in the recipe or if it is intended to be solely protein powder.

  2. Could I use applesauce in place of the coconut oil? PLus I cannot have chocolate, hmmm peanut butter chips wouldn’t be very healthy to put in, any other ideas for a substitution?

  3. These look great! I am always looking for new protein bar recipes. I have never had coconut oil before, so that would be a new ingredient for metro play around in the kitchen with! I have wanted to try it for awhile, but it seems so pricey. Maybe it is worth the splurge though..?

  4. Oh, those look super tasty! My boyfriend has been experimenting with baking his own protein bars and seems to think protein powder works pretty well. He prefers to use the egg-based protein and says that bakes better than whey.

  5. O-M-G, these look amazing!! I love making my own homemade protein bars… it’s cheaper & I know what’s going into them. I recently made some pumpkin spice no-bake ones that were delish, but I’m out so I’m going to have to try these next. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    1. @Candice@allthingsyogi.com: Yes and no. I found that certain whey protein powders upset my stomach (and caused awful bloating) while others did not. GNC whey-bolic is great on my tummy but MRM whey is horrible on my tummy. You could do an experiment to figure out if its brands or just whey all together?

  6. Yum! I love trying out new protein bar recipes! I’ve done alot of baking with protein powder and I love it. I’m confused though.. why do people want to replace the coconut oil in this recipe? Coconut oil is SO good for you. Protein + fat before a workout is the way to go.

    On a seperate note I forgot to post my time for the plank challenge. 2:30. I was trying to get to your time of 3 minutes but I couldn’t! Just something else to work up to! 🙂

  7. These look interesting! I am always looking for high protein baked goods, so I will definitely be trying these. Thanks for posting.

  8. Just came across your blog and as these are the first things I see, I know I’ll definitely be coming back more often! 🙂 These look so delicious, and I can’t believe how few ingredients there are and the fact I know I have all of them in my house! Can’t wait to try these out this weekend!!!
    Look forward to reading more posts from you!

    1. For this recipe or just in general? This recipe actually calls for coconut OIL. When I use coconut milk in other recipes, I usually buy the canned stuff.

  9. Just tried them out. Followed everything to a T but mine are not fluffy at all. They are tasty, but just flat and compressed. I wonder if the type of protein powder makes a difference? It was definitely next-to-liquid when I put it in the oven.

  10. Ok Tina, I have to try these! They look scrumptious! I am going to try them with my cinnamon roll protein powder. I have the coconut oil, which by the way, is already in liquid form (you mention it being melted) – I keep mine in a cool place (not refrigerated), so guessing that is ok. Could I substitue the egg for egg whites or egg beaters? Can’t wait to try these! 🙂

  11. I made these last night!! Except I made mine as “muffins” instead. Cooked for about 20 min and they turned out great. They made 8 muffins — so they are each about 16g of protein and 200 cal so it was the perfect grab and go breakfast for me this morning. I also used cacoa nibs instead of reg. chocolate chips to keep the sugar down. THESE ARE AMAZING! My husband even loved them! Great recipe! Thanks!

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