Triple chocolate protein cake bars

These triple chocolate protein cake bars are a healthy high protein snack with three different kinds of chocolate.
chocolate protein bars

Want to know the secret to having consistent motivation to workout?

Things like these waiting for you either pre or post exercise.

I’m not even kidding when I tell you my mood went from slightly dreading my workout for the last two days (only because of the length of these phase 2 livefit workouts, not because I don’t like the program) to full out excited when I remembered these were in the fridge. Chocolate has that kind of affect.

chocolate protein cake bars

It’s a sad thing to come home to an empty fridge after traveling, but it’s a whole other level of sad/difficult/frustrating to not have any good prepped workout food on hand. If I’m going to be anywhere near successful in eating well and focusing on protein content, I need stuff on hand and ready because if I come up the stairs from our gym in the basement (currently inhabited by a rogue cricket who will not shut the hell up as I type this from a level above him) without a post workout snack planned out, things go south quickly.

It just so happens that these planned snacks have 3 different kinds of chocolate going on with their 10g of glorious protein a piece.

Funny how that happened.

protein bars with chocolate

If Jamie is going to superset me to death for an hour and a half, you can bet there will be more of these being made for the remainder of phase 2.

chocolate protein cake bars

Oh, and pb on top? It’s protein, why not?

4.3 from 3 reviews

Triple Chocolate Protein Cake Bars
 
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A decadently chocolate filled high protein snack perfect for pre or post workout.
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Recipe type: cake, high protein, snack
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites (or 2 whites)
  • ¼ cup NuNaturals stevia baking blend
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  2. Combine through salt in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. Combine eggs and stevia and whisk together until fully incorporated in a medium bowl.
  4. Add remaining wet ingredients to the medium bowl and whisk together.
  5. Pour wet into dry ingredients and add in chocolate chips and walnuts if using.
  6. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely in pan and then cut into 9 squares, wrap individually and store in refrigerator.
Notes
-you can use all oat flour if you don’t have almond flour. I just ran out of oats and had to improvise. -use any sweetener you like, it doesn’t have to be stevia. Adjust measurements as necessary. *Each piece is about 145 calories with 10g of protein including the walnuts and chocolate chips.

Inspired by Jamie Eason’s chocolate protein bars

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  1. 1

    Oh my gosh! I have to make this, this weekend. Where do you get almond flour? I have almond meal, but not flour. Should I grind my own? Can’t wait to try this!! Yum!!! have a great day!! Almost Friday!,geesh!!

  2. 2

    I need some of them in my life! :)

  3. 3

    wow. Isn’t really a feast! Oh how I love this recipe.!!

  4. 4

    yum yummy!! I love it. I will try this very delicious recipe at home.

  5. 5

    Haha – I’m completely with you. My ONLY motivation to get up early and workout in the morning is breakfast following :) These look great.

  6. 6

    Uh yeah…these are so getting made.

  7. 7

    I totally understand the motivation aspect and I could definitely use these bars!! :)

  8. 8

    I can already see these coming out of my oven this weekend!

  9. 9

    When I saw this on your instagram feed I was waiting anxiously for the recipe! Yum!

  10. 10

    i’m all about some triple chocolate-ness. add some peanut butter and i’m even more of a fan!

  11. 11

    Wow that’s a whole lot of healthy awesome!! Now that is some clean eating this carboholic and chocoholic can get behind :) Looks divine.

  12. 12

    YUM! PB on top would definitely be necessary.

  13. 13

    Ohhhhh I love protein. Needless to say, I’m TOTALLY gonna make this asap :) Thank you!

  14. 14

    3 different kinds of chocolate in one recipe is a-okay! :)

  15. 15

    Yes, please, and can I have a second for later?

  16. 16

    I’m definitely the most unpleasant person to be around with when I’m done with my workouts and starving and I still need to cook. It is the most awful feeling and I just feel like stuffing my face with any junk I get my hands on. Then, the workout is lost. I love all your chocolate protein snacks! This definitely will make me workout!

  17. 17

    Holy moly that looks amazing! So making these!

  18. 18

    Whoa, if you’re telling me that’s healthy then I’ll believe anything you say! They look SO decadent and delicious, Gina!

  19. 19

    The fact that you succeeded in making a moist-looking baked good with protein powder in it is reason enough for me to kinda worship you. I’ve never had much luck with baking protein powder into goods without it tasting pretty darned dry.

    • 20

      It’s funny you say that because I always thought the same thing but seriously, every single baked good I’ve attempted with protein powder has actually come out moist. No idea how I’ve managed it, (it must be the protein powder, b/c I’m not that smart) but I’m not complaining! :)

  20. 21

    yes yes yes and YES. I was hoping these were on docket for today. I had questions about substitutions but you mentioned both of them at the bottom. LOVE IT! These are getting made this weekend.

  21. 22

    Great recipe! Love it. Chocolate could definitely motivate me to work out!

  22. 23

    haha this is going to sound weird but i totally started licking my lips when i saw triple chocolate. these would be a great post-workout snack for me as a reward. i need to get my butt into gear so i can see myself making these and running towards the chocolate like a carrot hanging in front of a horse or donkey

  23. 24

    So delicious looking and healthy to boot, you’re a woman after my very own heart :)

  24. 25

    Yes, these look like an awesome motivation – I would so workout for one of these :D I’m laughing about your cricket because we had one of those a couple years ago. Jeez those things are annoying!

    • 26
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      He’s still alive and kicking tonight b/c I hear him chirping away down there. Hoping a few days without food and he’ll magically shut up ;)

  25. 27

    when I get home from traveling, I inevitably eat peanut butter straight from the jar with a spoon.

  26. 28

    OMG these look amazing! I can’t believe there’s actual “good stuff” in there.

  27. 29

    Yessssssssssssssssss plz! <3

  28. 30

    Love them even more with the PB on top!

  29. 31

    I will now have no excuse not to go running! Thanks!

  30. 32

    You are a genius! I can’t wait to try these!

  31. 33

    can you tell I’m catching up? ;) so happy I never mark all as read in my reader – because I am absolutely going to make these tomorrow – they will motivate me to work out, indeed!

    • 34
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I’m so behind too! I should be using the slow weekend to catch up, but instead, this is the first time I’ve even opened my computer in 2 days! I hope you like them if you do make them. Chocolate tastes good all the time, but even better when it’s “fuel” ;)

  32. 35

    Chocolate and protein. You are speaking my love language.

  33. 36
    Elizabeth says:

    YUMMY!! I just venturing into using Stevia to bake. I see you used NuNaturals. Is that the one with fiber? or are there two separate styles, with and without fiber? Can’t wait to have these with my beloved PB, or maybe even some of that high protein ice cream I have been wanting to try!

    • 37
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I don’t think this one has any extra fiber but I’ll have to check (not home right now to see!)

  34. 38

    I made these last night finally, don’t know why it took me so long! I had all of the ingredients. DH said he would eat again, my 2 boys (ages 4 & 6) enjoyed it too! I will definitely be making this again. I love how fluffy and cake-like it is.

  35. 39

    I just put these in the oven! The batter was amazing. I made just a couple changes though. I didn’t have any applesauce, so I subbed a small banana, mashed. I omitted the stevia. I used two scoops vanilla whey since I don’t have chocolate, and added about 1/2 T regular cocoa powder. Lastly,the only greek yogurt I had was vanilla, so that’s what I used. I can’t wait until they are done! :) Thanks for a great recipe.

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