Chocolate protein bars (with sweet potato)

These chocolate protein bars are gluten-free, grain-free, can easily be made vegan, and make an awesome balanced macro snack. You can make these as part of meal prep, or enjoy them as a healthy treat that tastes like dessert.

Chocolate protein bars

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For today’s post, I wanted to re-share this recipe because it’s such a good one and so convenient for busy days. I love to make at least one healthy snack to have on hand each week and this is one of my faves! It tastes like dessert and is packed with protein: chocolate protein bars!

You need this in your life.

Chocolate protein bars

These are super easy to put together, and I love that they have a natural sweetness + awesome texture from baked sweet potato. They’re a great component for meal prep, plus are gluten-free and balanced in macros.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try!

Chocolate protein bars with sweet potato

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Chocolate Protein Bars with Sweet Potato

A delicious and healthy treat that tastes like dessert. I like to have 2 squares for a sweet, protein-dense snack. This one is gluten-free and has an awesome texture with no added fat. Check out the notes below for vegan option.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1/3 C sweet potato flesh (from a large baked sweet potato. The canned stuff doesn’t taste as good)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 chocolate bar, melted (can use a double-boiler if you’re feeling fancy, or a glass bowl in the microwave. Microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stopping to stir in between)
  • 2 scoops protein powder of choice (I used vanilla Garden of Life; chocolate would be awesome, too)
  • 1/3 C brown rice flour (or any gluten-free flour)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • Sweetener of choice if needed (maple syrup, honey, Stevia, coconut sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a small baking dish (I used an 8×8 dish) with nonstick spray or coconut oil.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour mixture into the baking dish and smooth with a spatula.
  3. Bake 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the “cake” comes out clean.

Notes

  • To make these vegan, make sure to use a vegan chocolate bar, and substitute 3 chia or flax eggs for the regular eggs. To make the flax or chia egg, combine 3 tablespoons of either chia or ground flax with 3 tablespoons water.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3

Nutrition stats can be found here. (6 servings // 88 cal per serving // 10g carb // 5g protein // 3g fat // WW smart points: 3)

Please let me know what you think. 🙂

Have a great day and I’ll see ya in the morning with Friday Faves.

xo

Gina

Photos: Ari at Well Seasoned

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8 Comments

  1. Heather on May 22, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Not vegan because they have eggs

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Omg for real. I’ll fix it when I get home

  2. Mary on May 22, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I made the ‘spring roll in a bowl’ recipe last night and we really liked it. Thanks for the link!

  3. Kimberly on May 22, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    If you use chocolate chips instead of a chocolate bar how much should I use? Thank you! These look awesome!

  4. Kaya-Quintana on May 23, 2018 at 4:49 am

    It looks more like cake than brownie, but it might be worth a try if it tastes sweet enough. 😀

  5. Vince on June 2, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    The sweet potato aspect took me by surprise. That’s not an ingredient that I can even imagine in protein bars – although I bet the finished product tastes fantastic.

  6. Katie O'Leary on June 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    These are going on my ‘need to make list’
    Yum!

  7. Bryan on November 15, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Sweet potato in a chocolate protein bar is something I’ve never seen before! I definitely have to give this recipe a try

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