Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

This chewy no bake protein bar recipe takes 1 bowl and 5 minutes of prep to have a batch of high protein snack bars on hand- These delicious and healthy bars are refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free- Suitable for a vegan diet! 

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Happy Sunday folks! Being the 22nd of the month means it’s once again time for the Recipe Redux! I think for the first time in a long time, it’s fallen on a Sunday which is new for me but fits well with sharing a recipe too! 

This month’s theme was all about a pairing with chocolate.

The first thought that came into mind was without a doubt my favourite combination which was chocolate and peanut butter. Secondly, it was chocolate and coconut. Then of course it wandered into the realms of chocolate and raspberry, followed by going hardcore and salivating over WHITE chocolate and raspberry. My phone buzzed with a message and it was my friend Andria, who you might remember from here asking to catch up for breakfast the next week. Immediately, I scrapped both those ideas as I had one in mind- Chocolate and Mint.

Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars- These #healthy bars take minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree and high protein- The perfect grab and go snack and festive for #StPatrickday - thebigmansworld.com

How might this be related to Andria? Well, here’s the backstory.

Andria and I try to see one another as often as possible, and nine times out of ten, it’s usually surrounding a meal of some sort. What is ALWAYS a guarantee whenever I see her is a pit stop at a novelty chocolate shop (or one which has unique chocolate from around the world) in which she will stock up on Junior Mints

To say Andria is obsessed with Junior Mints is an understatement. I remember one time we went to a cheap chocolate/candy store which had a tonne of chocolate which were close to nearing their ‘best before’ date. Junior Mints were on sale for $2 a box (Usually around $4.50-$5…..damn American postage). Adria stocked up and bought around 5 or 6 boxes, saying half was for her aunty. 

What a good niece right? 

Wrong. 

The next time we caught up, we once again went to buy some junior mints. I asked Andria if her aunty appreciated them and she said she ate them all. Within a week. 

Never have I had such respect for Andria than when the time she arrived 15 minutes early to an event (That in itself is another story). Life lessons from this story? Real chocolate lovers never share their favourites with others. Ever. 

Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars- These #healthy bars take minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree and high protein- The perfect grab and go snack and festive for #StPatrickday - thebigmansworld.com

Now for the recipe- As usual, I’ve gone the no bake route because I love minimal prep time, get satisfaction from pressing the ‘batter’ into a pan using my hands. These No bake mint chocolate chip protein bars are the perfect grab and go snack between meals or for those fitness buffs- Before or after a workout. What I love most about these bars is they don’t need refrigeration after they’ve set- So many times I’ve made recipes in the past where I keep a bar in my briefcase or backpack and it turns into a McFlurry minus all the happiness. 

Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars- These #healthy bars take minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree and high protein- The perfect grab and go snack and festive for #StPatrickday - thebigmansworld.com

These chewy no bake mint chocolate chip protein bars are many things besides delicious. High in protein, gluten free, dairy free and completely vegan- You bet there are some of these babies set aside for the forthcoming vegan month. They take barely any time to prep and the annoying part is waiting for it to set- Maybe whip your hair back and forth for 15 minutes. I recommend you to crush the crispy rice cereal when you mix it because the texture is pretty epic and they hold up better but that’s your choice. For those not a fan of protein powder, that’s completely optional too. I think I’ve touched all the bases so now you have no excuses.

Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars? I think so. 

Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
This chewy no bake protein bar takes 1 bowl and 5 minutes of prep to have a batch of high protein snack bars on hand- These delicious and healthy bars are refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free- Suitable for a vegan diet!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1/4 cup gluten free oat bran (can sub for more oats)
  3. 2 cups gluten free crispy rice cereal (I used a cocoa flavoured one)
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1 scoop protein powder of choice*
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice**
  7. 1/2 cup nut butter of choice (I used homemade nutella)
  8. 1/2 cup + 1 T brown rice syrup
  9. 1 tsp peppermint extract***
  10. Dairy free milk****
  11. 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat bran, cocoa powder, protein powder, crispy rice cereal and sweetener of choice.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the nut butter of choice with the brown rice syrup and heat until the mixture is melted completely.
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and add the peppermint extract and stir until combined. Allow to cool slightly and stir through half the chocolate chips and mix very well. If mixture is not 'batter like', slowly add dairy free milk very slowly until one is formed.
  4. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with baking paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and press firmly with your hands evenly. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Remove from the pan and cut into 8-10 bars.
Notes
  1. * If you do not use protein powder, add an extra 2-3 tablespoons of oat bran or oats
  2. ** If protein powder is unsweetened or you prefer a sweeter bar
  3. *** The brand I used here in Australia is very strong- Adjust depending on brand
  4. **** Only use milk if your batter cannot be picked up by hand and pressed firmly into the pan
Adapted from No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars
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Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars- These #healthy bars take minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree and high protein- The perfect grab and go snack and festive for #StPatrickday - thebigmansworld.com

Want some other healthy no bake chocolate snack recipes?

No Bake Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats (Vegan, Gluten Free) 

Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats- These no bake bars take barely any time to whip up and are #glutenfree, #vegan and #dairyfree- thebigmansworld.com

No Bake Coconut Chocolate Rice Crispy Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Chocolate Protein Rice Crispy Treats- A delicious #vegan #glutenfree and #sugarfree no bake treat perfect for snacking or pre/post workout nutrition! - thebigmansworld.com

Healthy No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies- These require 1 bowl and 5 minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree and refined #sugarfree- High protein option too! -thebigmansworld.com

No Bake Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Paleo Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles- These #healthy truffles are also #vegan and #glutenfree! Perfect for Valentine's Day! -thebigmansworld.com

No Bake EXTRA CHEWY Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars- This chewy no bake protein bar recipe takes 1 bowl and 5 minutes of prep to have a batch of high protein snack bars on hand- These delicious and healthy bars are refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free- Suitable for a vegan diet! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

Chocolate and…..?

Are you a fan of the chocolate and mint combination?

Is your favourite chocolate worth sharing with others? NO. 

 

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70 thoughts on “Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

  1. Oh, I can never get enough of mint and chocolate! Can’t wait to try these. And no, I won’t share my favourite chocolate with anyone. Unless they are super super super special and it’s a special occasion, then I will probably make an exception 😉 Happy Sunday, Arman!

  2. Waiiittt this has all of my favorite things in one. I need to end these right now!! Come back to LA & smuggle them in your bag for me? Pretty please!!

  3. You are seriously the king of no-bake, healthy desserts, Arman!! Seriously! And now..I’m craving Junior Mints…haven’t had it in ages!! Look what you’ve done! 😉

  4. I have a love/hate relationship with the chocolate + mint combo. When I was 18 my best friend took me on their family sailing vacation for a week and literally the only dessert we had on the boat was a gigantic bag of york peppermint patties, so I hate like a million every day. To this day I can’t have a york patty without thinking of the desperation of having no other dessert alternatives, but eating them anyway.

    That being said, these look super delicious and I’d probably eat them anyway.

  5. okay, now I have like, FOUR more tabs open, with all these awesome looking no bake treats. chocolate mint is one of Jason’s favorites (he loves the Junior Mint as well!), so perhaps I should begin here. pinning them ALL though.

    are you currently IN the vegan month, or is it coming up? wondering how it is going, if so… 🙂

    1. It’s coming up and I’m already planning a post steak meal…Just kidding! You know I’m using your blog as a resource and by resource, I’ll be eating grilled portobellos dipped in sriracha cos I ain’t fancy like Iggy Azalea.

  6. Jee willikers do these beauties look enticing; it has a lot to do with such a fuss-free easy prep too..I’m all for no-bake. I think my favourite part when making bars is sneaking in a few pieces of the dough while transferring to the pan. And I wonder why I always need to resort to a slightly smaller one, hmmm.

  7. I have a cupboard full of about 17 bars of Lindt….so obviously I don’t do well with sharing my fave chocolate ;)! Love the mint & chocolate combo so am all over these bars. Please tell me you have tried the mint choc chip ice cream at Baskin Robbins- that is what sold me on the combo…to.die.for!

    1. 17 bars of Lindt? a) We officially are BFFs now 😉 and b) thanks for making me feel better about constantly ‘overbuying’ Lindt bars. Running out of my favourite is threatening so I’d rather be safe than sorry though 17 top my stock still.

  8. If my favourite chocolate is worth sharing? That’s a strange strange question. Yes, it’s obviously worth trying for others – why else would it be my favourite?! – but NO [way ever in the world]: I won’t share. I’ll bake a batch of cookies for you instead, ‘kay?
    Oh and yes, these look deelish.

  9. Junior Mints are the best! They were one of my Mom’s favorite candies growing up, so I would occasionally raid her secret Junior Mint stash. She probably knew I was sneaking in there, but she never said anything. That’s part of being a Mom. Now I want that chocolate + mint combo of deliciousness…these bars look awesome!

  10. Vegan, GF and high protein?! These protein bars are fabulous! I seriously love that we food bloggers can inspire people to make these kinds of bars at home! It saves so much money and you get the satisfaction of both making and enjoying them! Love these, Arman!

  11. Trying these for my husband… It’s in the fridge now! Few comments: i forgot to add the peppermint extract (i think you also forgot to mention it in the directions). I threw a little bit of coconut in. Not sure if that was a good choice or not. Guess I’ll find out! Also we have children allergic to peanuts so we used Sunbutter as the nut butter so they can have some too (husband is gluten allergy and lactose sensitive). Hope these work out!! They look good! Good luck with your e-cookbook!

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know, Stacy- I’ll add it in the recipe now! Ironically, I made it over the weekend and forgot the peppermint extract too. Adding coconut would be great (especially as you omitted the peppermint). I LOVE using sunbather too so please let me know how they turned out 🙂

      1. They were great! I also forgot to mention I couldn’t find oat bran or rice syrup so i just did additional oats (although it turned out a tad too dry so i should have just substituted the coconut here rather than adding it to the dry ingredients), and instead of rice syrup i used honey. I also didn’t add additional choco chips to the top as i am not a huge chocolate fan and felt like there was already plenty. Might i also add, i am NOT anywhere close to a professional cook, so if i can do it, anyone should be able 😉 Thanks for this recipe… I can tweak it how i want and hopefully never have to buy store-bought protein bars again!!!

        1. This makes me SO happy Stacy- I have a cashew coconut protein bar recipe which is one of my fall backs which I’m obsessed with- Otherwise I have an upcoming no bake protein cookie recipe to share 🙂

  12. I love the combination of chocolate and mint. These would be a good option for my son who is in college. He doesn’t like taking a proper lunch but would rather have snack foods that are easy to eat on the go.

  13. I had to use regular syrup added sliced walnuts but it looks fantastic in the refrigerator while it sets up. Thank you!!!

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