Triple Chocolate Protein Cake Bars

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.

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

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

Yield: 9 servings

Triple Chocolate Protein Cake Bars

Triple Chocolate Protein Cake Bars

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 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)


  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.


-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.


  1. Cait's Plate

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

  2. Margarita

    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!

  3. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    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.

    1. Gina

      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! :)

  4. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    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.

  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    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

  6. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    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!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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 ;)

  7. Kristina

    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!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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” ;)

  8. Elizabeth

    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!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

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

  9. Leonor @FoodFaithFitness

    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.

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  13. Carlie

    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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  16. Melanie A

    I made this twice already and I love this recipe. I am not sure if I did something wrong but it ended up with more of a bread-like consistency but isn’t bad at all! I love the flavors and I use 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (whey, low carb protein powder) instead. I also don’t have any almond flour so I ended up just using oat flour. Everything is great despite the changes I’ve made and I look forward to making more next week for my work weekend when the cafe is closed and I have no time to make anything for breakfast! This is definitely a great addition to my high protein diet though I haven’t had these as a post or pre-workout snack since I have my usual 2:1 shake for those but they are great for just random snacking or breakfast.

  17. Lai S

    I did something wrong because my turned out so dry :-) It also doesn’t look as good as your picture. Mine was also less dark. What protein powders do you use? I used Pro7ein from Nutrishop for the chocolate and I just bought a packet of Sprouts Whey Vanilla protein powder. Maybe my protein powders are no good?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hmm, that stinks! Hard to say what went wrong, I used Designer Whey for this recipe at the time. Did you alter anything else in the recipe?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I haven’t tried it with coconut flour. You could probably use 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flour in place of the almond flour but not as a substitution for the oat flour, they’re just not comparable.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      That’s not a substitution I’ve tried so I can’t say for sure. Oat flour is a pretty “normal” flour but I’m not sure how amaranth flour reacts.

  18. Nicole Willoughby

    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.

  19. Pam

    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. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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!

  20. Heather

    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. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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.


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