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German Chocolate Protein Bars

German Chocolate Protein Bars

These German Chocolate Protein Bars are filled with chocolate and coconut flavors for a gluten free, vegan, refined-sugar free, protein-packed treat. 
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Set up Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn


Original Recipe

New & Improved Recipe

  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup vegan protein powder I used soy
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Medjool dates pitted and soaked for 30 minutes
  • ½ cup + ¼ cup chopped pecans divided
  • ½ cup + ¼ cup shredded coconut divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • water as needed up to ¼ cup
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips


  • In a food processor grind up the oats until they are a fine flour. Add protein and cocoa powders and blend again until well combined.
  • Drain and rinse the dates then add them to the food processor along with ½ cup of pecans, ½ cup of shredded coconut, vanilla, and salt. Blend again, adding a little water at a time, until a dough forms.
  • Transfer dough to a bowl, stir in the remaining ¼ cup of pecans and coconut along with 2 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips.
  • Scrape dough onto a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll the bars out to about ½ inch, shaping into a square as you roll.
  • Place the bars in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, allowing them to firm up before cutting into 12 equal pieces.
  • Store in refrigerator for 5 days or a month in the freezer.


When making the original recipe, add the brown rice syrup in along with the dates and omit the water.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.7mg