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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 make for a delicious post-workout snack and a satisfying treat.
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
Servings 10 bars
Calories 207 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts
Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.6g21%
Carbohydrates 17.2g6%
Fiber 2.1g9%
Sugar 7.7g9%
Protein 7.6g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.