Cranberry Chocolate Protein Bars

A couple of weeks ago I shared a recipe for sugar-free dried cranberries.  I loved them so much I had to make two batches!  Besides just wanting to eat them by the handful, I decided to add them to a new protein bar recipe.

I used my favourite protein powder, Nuzest Clean Lean Protein, in strawberry flavour but chocolate or vanilla would work well in this recipe too. (Scroll down below to see how you can get 25% OFF!)

The key to these Cranberry Chocolate Protein Bars is pressing the dough firmly into the pan before baking.  I find cooking with coconut flour can result in a crumbly bar but these turned out quite well.

These protein bars make the perfect pre-workout snack, although I find myself having them before AND after the gym – they’re that good!  If you want to make them even more low-carb you can substitute the maple syrup with a low-sugar sweetener like Swerve or xylitol.

Cranberry Chocolate Protein Bars
Serves 16
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  1. 1 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup Nuzest Clean Lean Protein
  3. 1/4 cup raw nuts (I used pecans)
  4. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  5. 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  6. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  7. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  8. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  9. 1/2 cup egg whites
  10. 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  11. 1/8 tsp salt
  12. 5-10 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine coconut flour and protein powder and mix well.
  4. Add nuts, chocolate chips and cranberries to a blender or food processor. Pulse until crumbly. Add to the dry ingredients.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be a bit crumbly, you can add more almond milk so the mixture is not too dry.
  6. Press firmly into the pan. This step is important so the bars don't crumble when you cut them.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool.
  9. Cut into 16 squares.
  10. Keep leftovers refrigerated.
Nutritional Info per bar
  1. 118 Calories, 9g Carbs, 4g Fibre, 5g Net Carbs, 7g Fat, 5g Protein, 4g Sugar
  2. Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your !ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.
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  • March 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

    These look amazing! I love coconut flour and always have a large bag of it on hand so these will have to be tried.

    • happyhealthfreak March 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Patrick! I always have a big bag in the cupboard too…I hope you get a chance to try them 🙂

  • Karl May 27, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Any chance I can replace the cranberries with something else? Maybe Hemp Seeds? If so how much hemp seeds?

    • happyhealthfreak May 27, 2017 at 5:39 am

      You could replace them with any dried fruit or more nuts? Hemp seeds might work too. I would use the same amount, 1/4 cup.

      • Karl May 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

        I can not eat dried fruit 🙁 I have Diabetes. I will try with hemp seeds, thank you.

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