These triple chocolate protein cake bars are a high protein snack with three different kinds of chocolate making each bar feel indulgent yet healthy.

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

Things like this protein cake recipe 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 protein bars were in the fridge.

When chocolate is involved, that kind of thing happens I guess.

See this chocolate baked oats recipe for more proof.

These triple chocolate protein cake bars are a high protein snack with three different kinds of chocolate making each bar feel indulgent yet healthy.
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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.

Post-workout high protein “fun” snacks (like these high protein cinnamon cake bars) are the main thing that gets me through workouts some days.

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.

chocolate protein cake bars

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

Funny how that happened, huh?

protein bars with chocolate

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

I can be bribed with anything with cake in its name.

Chocolate is just an added bonus.

These vegan black bean brownies also work as a bribe. A high protein brownie? Yep!

chocolate protein cake bars

Oh, and peanut butter on top?

It’s protein too so why not, right?

If you love this recipe for chocolate protein cake bars, try one of these high protein recipes too:

Perfect Protein Pancakes
Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Almond cherry protein cookies

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Triple Chocolate Protein Cake Bars

Servings: 9 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These triple chocolate protein cake bars are a healthy high protein snack with three different kinds of chocolate.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites, or 2 whites
  • 1/4 cup NuNaturals stevia baking blend
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips, optional
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • Combine through salt in a large bowl, set aside.
  • Combine eggs and stevia and whisk together until fully incorporated in a medium bowl.
  • Add remaining wet ingredients to the medium bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour wet into dry ingredients and add in chocolate chips and walnuts if using.
  • Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 159mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. I can’t for the life of me find any NuNaturals stevia baking blend. What could I use instead? Or perhaps how much sugar do you think it would call for, then I can use a conversion chart for whatever substitute I do find.

    1. Your best bet for stevia baking blends (doesn’t have to be NuNaturals) would be Amazon. But you can use any sweetener you like (coconut sugar would be my choice of substitute) just like the notes at the bottom of the recipe say.

  2. I’m going to try and make these Vegan by substituting Flax egg and Vegan yogurt. See any problems with that you’d like to point out?

    1. I haven’t tried this recipe with vegan substitutes and I’ve never baked with vegan yogurt before so I really can’t tell you what to expect. Hope they turn out!

  3. Just tried this tonight. I slightly overcooked mine I think. Outside was just a little hard. I was using vegan powder so I suppose that’s why. Otherwise it was great. Thanks for the recipe. Finally a good recipe with things i actually keep on hand. Can’t wait to make it again with the time reduced.