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

Hi friends! How’s the morning treating ya? Thank you for all the well wishes for the doc yesterday. I had a great appointment, and feel a thousand times better about things. I really appreciate those of you who sent a little note.

This week, we’ve been back in the swing of life and back to the usual crazy routine. It’s Liv’s LAST week of kindergarten (hold meeeee), and then we’re catapulting right towards summer mode. I can’t wait! With everything we have going on, I like to think my snack game has been pretty strong this week! The past few weeks I found myself skipping meals because I was either stressed with the doctor stuff or I hadn’t planned ahead, and then made it up with chocolate-covered pecans later. (Probably the #3 thing I’ll miss the most about Valdosta when we leave. Good thing they ship, ha.) This week, I’ve loaded up the fridge with chopped veggies, homemade hummus, turkey meatballs (I’ll share the recipe soon!) and old blog favorites, like these ridiculous chocolate protein bars.

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


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
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 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)


  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.


  • 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.


  • 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 happy Tuesday and I’ll see ya in the morning with a new workout!



Photos: Ari at Well Seasoned

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  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’

  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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