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Salted Mocha Protein Bar with Coconut

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 bars
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy, dreamy energy bars made with wholesome ingredients like dates, almonds, coconut and vegan protein powder.


  • 1 1/2 cup almonds (225 g)
  • 1 1/4 cup tightly packed soft, pitted dates (270 g)
  • 3/4 cup vegan chocolate, vanilla or mocha pea protein powder (75 g)
  • 1 cups unsweetened fine coconut (100 g)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, optional
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup strongly brewed coffee


  1. Place the almonds in a food processor or high-powered blender. Process until broken down into a coarse flour consistency. A few larger pieces left behind are ok.
  2. Add the dates and process into a crumbly mixture.
  3. If you have a large, strong food processor, add the rest of the ingredients and blend into a thick dough you can press together between your fingers. If not, add the food processor mixture and the rest of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to work the dough together.
  4. Line a 7-8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper so the edges stick out over the sides of the pan. Use your hands to firmly press the dough into the lined pan, taking the time to really press it in and work it into the corners.
  5. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Lift out of the pan and cut into 12 bars or 24 mini-bars.


    Be sure to use decaf coffee if you’re sensitive to caffeine or want to enjoy these later in the day. Almonds can be subbed or mixed and matched with with cashews and pecans. Replace coconut oil with additional coffee or nut butter for oil-free.

    Storing: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months or fridge for 2 weeks.


      • Serving Size: 1 bar
      • Calories: 299
      • Sugar: 18 g
      • Sodium: 107 mg
      • Fat: 21 g
      • Carbohydrates: 26 g
      • Fiber: 5 g
      • Protein: 6 g