These frozen chocolate cherry bars are a healthy, protein packed summer treat. They’re paleo and gluten free too!
When I made these no bake strawberry cream bars I knew I’d be revisiting the method again to play around with flavors. And guess what? That’s exactly what I did with these frozen chocolate cherry bars. Don’t be surprised if you see more of these throughout the summer because I basically want to make them with every fruit possible as the season goes on. Mmmmm peaches….
Fresh off the paleo challenge, I wanted to go the paleo route this time around. Shocking right? Considering I’ve become that person slapping “paleo” in front of every recipe lately. I didn’t do it today because I kind of hate myself for it (the day I label a steak as “paleo” is the day I give someone the permission to virtually slap me) so I’m keeping my fingers from typing it in the title even though they’re kinda twitching to do so.
Anyway, instead of oats, the bottom layer is fruit and nut based this time around. It also has an added bit of protein from the addition of a scoop of powder (use any kind you want and if you have chocolate protein powder that’d be even better!) thrown into the mix. The middle layer is my favorite though. Two of my favorite things, frozen tart cherries and coconut cream, are blended into a creamy center that freezes up into a cherry creamsicle-like treat (and makes me think it’d be stellar as a standalone popsicle flavor combination…). Then of course, the top is drizzled with dark chocolate because, well, why not? Use the darkest chocolate you have, I typically do 85% and feel good enough about that being close enough to legit paleo but you can always grab some Enjoy Life chocolate chips if you really want to be on point.
The thing I love most about these bars though is that they’re decadent enough to be straight up dessert, but healthy enough to be a really great post-workout snack too. From the typical protein boost of the nuts and protein powder to the great recovery benefits of the tart cherries, one of these bars just might help you avoid muscle soreness after a tough workout or at least recover faster if you do!
For the base
For the middle layer
For the chocolate topping
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*This post is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions and content are my own.