No-Bake Chocolate & Coconut Protein Bars (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF, Vegan)

As requested, a recipe for protein bars with a vegan option. These protein bars have a chocolate and coconut flavour, with a chewy texture. They are perfect pre and post workout, or as an on the go snack.

Chocolate & Coconut Protein Bars

As a Personal Trainer I get asked a lot for snack ideas, to keep on track with healthy eating.  There are so many great nutritious foods that can be consumed as a snack, you just need to get creative in the kitchen. However, here is a recipe to cover your snacks, pre and post workout. These chewy bars are high in carbs, which is great for endurance sports. Similarly if you don’t have chance to prepare meals in advance you can quickly grab a bar to keep energy levels up.

AIP Chocolate & Coconut Protein Bars --No-bake, tasty, perfect post workout snack, GF, DF, Paleo, Vegan, AIP ||

Generally, many allergens are present in shop bought highly processed protein bars. With this in mind, shop bought are not great for anyone with food sensitivities and those avoiding processed foods. Hence why this recipe is perfect for those with dietary requirements. Definitely the best part is they are full of fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Packed full with gooey medjool dates, coconut in three forms, carob powder and the trusty tigernut. You can see how they taste so good!

AIP Chocolate & Coconut Protein Bars --No-bake, tasty, perfect post workout snack, GF, DF, Paleo, Vegan, AIP ||

Vegan Option

This recipe uses gelatin for the protein source. However you can sub this for any protein powder of choice. I would imagine that rice protein would work well, as it is flavourless. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. If the mix becomes dry from the protein powder, try adding some more maple syrup or coconut oil.

AIP Chocolate & Coconut Protein Bars --No-bake, tasty, perfect post workout snack, GF, DF, Paleo, Vegan, AIP ||

The topping is optional, but does add a nice coconut flavour. Similarly you could top with some raw chocolate drizzle, to enhance the chocolatey taste.

If you are looking for more snack ideas you can check out this blog post and my E-book.



Chocolate & Coconut Protein Bars

AIP, Paleo, GF, DF, Vegan option

Course Snack
Cuisine Post workout, pre workout
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 186 kcal


Protein Bar

  • 8 tbsp Great Lakes Unflavoured Gelatin Sub for vegan protein powder
  • 100 grams Coconut Butter
  • 100 grams Tigernut Powder
  • 300 grams Medjool Dates
  • 60 grams Carob Powder
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 50 grams Dessicated Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil


  • 30 grams Coconut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup


  1. Line a 8x8 tin with grease proof paper

  2. Firstly melt coconut butter and coconut oil in the microwave until creamy. Be careful not to burn it. 

  3. Add all ingredients for the protein bar into a food processor and blend until a dough mixture forms. Press firmly into the lined tin.

  4. Next melt the coconut butter for the topping and mix in the maple syrup. Drizzle on top of the protein bar mix.

  5. Place the tin into the freezer for 15 minutes. Then cut and serve 🙂

Recipe Notes

N.B. I haven't tested this recipe with any other protein powders. I think rice protein could work quite well as a vegan option. Let me know if you try it 🙂

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