Power Bars with Chocolate Protein Frosting

My husband says he can't go through the day without having at least one or two of those. Which is why I always make a large batch and keep in the fridge. These power bars are fantastic as they are easy to make (if you own a food processor) and keep for several weeks. These bars are packed with protein, healthy mono-unsaturated fats, complex carbohydrates and slow releasing energy.

You will need a food processor to make these power bars.

My husband eats at least two of those each day!

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Vegan

Power Bars with Chocolate Protein Frosting

Makes 10-12 bars


Power Bars

  • 125 grams (4¼ oz) cashew nuts
  • 50 grams (1¾ oz) desiccated coconut
  • 50 grams (1¾ oz) puffed rice
  • 45 grams (1½ oz) almonds
  • 20 grams cocoa powder
  • 45 grams (1½ oz) soy protein (or whey protein)
  • 250 grams (8¾ oz) figs, short stalk cut off, figs chopped coarsely
  • 125 grams (4¼ oz) pitted dates, chopped coarsely
  • 160 grams (5½ oz) raisins
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Chocolate Protein Frosting

  • 40-50 grams (1½ -1¾ oz) soy protein (or whey protein)
  • 3-4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup



Power Bars

  1. Place 125 grams cashew nuts, 45 grams almonds, 50 grams desiccated coconut and 50 grams puffed rice in a food processor.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds or until fairly finely ground.
  3. Add the 20 grams cocoa powder and 40 grams soy protein and continue blending for 5 seconds.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Cut the small stalks off the 250 grams figs. Chop coarsely.
  6. Chop the 120 grams dates coarsely.
  7. Transfer the figs and the dates to the food processor. Add the 160 grams raisins. Blend for 1 minute or until finely chopped.
  8. Add the 4 tablespoons orange juice and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. You might need to scrape the sides of the bowl. Continue blending for 15 seconds.
  9. Transfer to the large bowl and with a large wooden spoon (or you can use a stand mixer) combine everything.
  10. Mould the mixture into whatever shape you desire (I always make either bars or small "hamburger" shaped balls).

Chocolate Protein Frosting

  1. In a small bowl, mix the 40 grams soy protein, 3-4 teaspoons cocoa powder and 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup. The mixture should resemble a very thick chocolate sauce (not too runny and not too dry).
  2. Spread 1-2 teaspoons frosting on each power bar, arrange on a large dish and allow to harden completely in the fridge. This usually takes a couple of days.
  3. Once the frosting has dried, wrap each bar into cling film and place in the fridge.
  4. Keeps for several weeks.


  • I prefer to use maple syrup as it becomes quite hard over time (unlike the agave nectar or honey).
  • You can use carob powder instead of the cocoa powder.
  • You can use any protein you prefer. Some are vegan and other are non-vegan. Pea protein, soy protein and whey protein are popular and available in most health food stores.
  • You can use other nuts instead of cashew nuts, try a mixture of Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and more.
  • Add a little orange peel and organic orange jam for a nice zesty taste