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Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

Incredible no bake cashew butter chocolate protein bars with a sprinkle of sea salt. These decadent bars pack over 7g of protein and make the best post workout snack or satisfying treat! Gluten free and vegan friendly.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 10 mins

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I constantly have a supply of proteins bars (omg GoMacro is my current fav) but sometimes it’s fun to make your own! Not only are homemade protein bars easy to make, but they’re also an amazing, inexpensive alternative to buying protein bars.

These simple yet oh-so-delicious cashew butter chocolate protein bars are made with plenty of pantry staples and your go-to protein powder. The result seriously tastes like dessert, so you’re gonna want to keep some in the fridge for when that sweet tooth hits!

Post-workout, post-dinner or even lunch dessert — make a batch of these babies and get ready to devour.

chocolate protein bars on parchment paper

I get a lot of questions about my favorite snacks to pack and what I eat. Usually I snack on a few favorites during the week to mix it up:

apples with peanut butter drizzled all over

homemade protein bars (like these ones!)

homemade energy balls

carrots + hummus

banana with nut butter

chocolate protein bars in a stack

So let’s talk about how to make homemade protein bars and why these bars are pretty great (and so freaking easy to make):

Cashew butter: I love using cashew butter because it’s mild and really allows the chocolate flavor to come out. Don’t worry though, you can also use peanut butter or almond butter.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil helps to keep the bars together and adds additional flavor. There is no substitute (except butter) so please don’t ask me for one!

Honey: I like to use honey to sweeten the bars a bit, but if you’re vegan, you may want to use brown rice syrup or coconut palm syrup.

Rolled oats: I like using oats because they add a complex carb to the protein bar. You can use gluten free oats if desired.

Chocolate protein powder: I want to recommend my favorites for you. I use Aloha Plant Based protein powder in most of my baking recipes. Another great one is Tera’s Whey Chocolate. Please let me know if you use any other chocolate protein powders that you recommend in the comments section!

Dark chocolate: The dark chocolate adds a double chocolate dose of love to the bars so don’t skip it!

chocolate protein bars in a stack

I hope you love keeping these bars in the fridge and enjoying them as a snack or after dinner treat. They’re packed with both protein and a good amount of fiber to fuel you post workout.

chocolate protein bars in a stack

If you make these, be sure to tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram or leave a comment below and rating the recipe! xo.

More high protein snacks to try:

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars

Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Protein Candy Bars

Coconut & Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

5-minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Layered Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

5 from 11 votes
chocolate protein bars in a stack
Course Dessert, Gluten Free, No Bake, Protein, Snack, Vegan Friendly
Keyword chocolate protein bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves 10
Incredible no-bake cashew butter chocolate protein bars with a sprinkle of sea salt. These decadent bars make for a delicious post-workout snack and a satisfying treat.


  • 1/2 cup cashew butter (just cashews + salt)*
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey (use coconut palm syrup if vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup your favorite chocolate protein powder* (OR ½ cup vanilla protein powder + 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats, gluten free, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • For the topping:
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips or 1 ounces 85% dark chocolate, dairy free if desired
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Fancy sea salt, for sprinkling on top


  1. Heat cashew butter, coconut oil, honey and vanilla in a saucepan over a very low heat. 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder until smooth, then fold in oats and chia seeds. Place in a 8x4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Add chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted. Drizzle over the tops of the bars and tilt pan to cover completely (or a nice thick drizzle will do). Sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Place in fridge for 1 hour before removing from pan and cutting into 10 squares. Store bars in fridge tightly wrapped or in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to use your favorite chocolate protein powder. I like to use Aloha's Chocolate protein powder, which is plant-based.

*To keep these bars vegan: Use a vegan protein powder and coconut palm syrup or brown rice syrup instead of honey.

*Feel free to sub peanut butter or almond butter for the cashew butter. If you are looking for a nut-free protein bar, try using sunflower butter & using a protein powder that is nut free.

Servings: 10 bars
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 207kcal
Fat: 13.6g
Carbohydrates: 17.2g
Fiber: 2.1g
Sugar: 7.7g
Protein: 7.6g

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