Chocolate & Hazelnut Vegan Protein Bars

DIY Protein Bar Mix

I have an exciting new recipe for you! It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious and it’s featured in the second Protein Pow cookbook too: page 37, babies!

You can order the book directly from Amazon as well as a number of bookstores worldwide (e.g. Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and BAM Books in the US; Waterstones and Blackwells here in the UK; Dymocks in New Zealand and Australia). You guys will also be able to find the book in big box US stores like Sam’s Club and more! Because… you know, here at POW we’re all about world domination ;-)

Protein POW cookbook_Anna SwardIt’s also on our shop if you want a signed copy!

Let me give you two big reasons why this book belongs in your kitchen and these recipes belong in your life:

1. The book features what are probably my easiest and quickest recipes to date – you honestly don’t need any cooking experience to make anything in here.

2. The book is perfect for those of you who, like all of us here at POW, like to make your own snacks using simple ingredients! I actually used just three protein powders to make all 75 recipes in this book. You just don’t need to go nuts and stock up and any and all powders under the sun, you know? That’s something I’ve learned by cooking with protein for over 15 years and becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject.

It’s actually funny, sports nutrition and ingredients companies regularly get in touch and ask me to guide them, help them, consult with them and steer them when it comes to their protein foods. At the same time, endless others around the world repeatedly make mistakes when it comes to their protein-based products and food innovations: dry protein cakes, nasty protein brownies, bars that feel more like punishment than pleasure – the list goes on and on. Of course, this isn’t too surprising – it takes a long time to get to know protein powders thoroughly, you know? How they act and react. It takes a lot of study, trial, and a huge amount of error that you have to be constantly cataloguing and understanding. I’ve grabbed all those years, all that experience, and shook it all vigorously in order to condense it into this book for you, a book full of simple, quick, and above all EASY snacks for you to fall in love with.

How is the cookbook related to this recipe though? Well, it’s related because this recipe features right in it and on it too – upper left hand side of the cover, see these bars? Yup. I was adamant they had to be on the cover because this recipe is one of my favorite in the book! It’s a great example of what you can expect when you get the book: absolute protein-powdered snack perfection. Here goes:

Best Vegan Protein Bar Recipe


1⁄2 cup pea protein powder (unflavoured)
5 heaping tablespoons smooth almond butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons date syrup (or your syrup sweetener of choice)
6 tablespoons almond milk
1⁄4 cup chopped hazelnuts
Stevia drops to taste (add a couple to your dough to start o with and if, by the end, your batter isn’t sweet enough, add a couple more drops of stevia)


1. In a medium-size bowl, mix all the ingredients using a spatula until you get a dough that you can shape with your hands. If your dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more of the cocoa powder and/or pea protein.

2. Divide this dough into 8 balls and then shape them into rectangles. You can do this individually or, if you prefer, you can flatten the entire batch of dough onto a nonstick tray, put a sheet of parchment paper on top, roll it with a rolling pin, and then slice the dough into 8 bars.

Check out the video below to see just how easy – and fun – this is!

Nutritional data
per bar: 144 kcals, 10 grams protein, 5 grams carbs, and 9 grams fat.

Best Vegan Protein Bar Recipe

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