Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars
These Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars are like a delicious coffee-spiked candy cane hot chocolate in healthy snack form! Low in refined sugar, these are great to enjoy on the go!
Say hello to your new favourite snack bar! These Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars kinda remind me of packaged protein bars you find at the store. They're chewy, they're packed with healthy, wholesome ingredients and they're low in sugar and carbs.
And the best part? They're homemade, cost-effective to make and you can even store them in the freezer to save as a quick on-the-go snack for when you haven't exactly had time to meal prep but are running out of healthy breakfast ideas. Have one of these with a piece of fruit and you're looking at a full meal in terms of the protein content and calorie count.
And did I mention that they're a great way to get in the holiday spirit too?
While I find myself really starting to get in the holiday spirit, I know the number of holiday-related recipe ideas must be overwhelming and to be honest, I really actually like these Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars without the candy canes on top.
Whether you decide to add in the mint extract or not is up to you; for plain chocolate I leave it out but mint chocolate is one of my all-time favourite flavours. So much so that every single year I ask for one of those Laura Secord French mint chocolate bars and devour at least half of it while unwrapping presents on Christmas morning.
I know, I'm so extra.
On the top of extracts, they're a great way to get in a little bit of extra flavour, whether it's for coffee, baking or what have you, I always keep an almond, vanilla, coconut and mint extract on hand for recipes like this. A little goes a long way and you only need 1 tsp for this recipe so it's a good investment. They'll sit in your pantry for long, long time and it'll keep you from running to the store the next time you decide you wanna DIY your own coconut cold brew at home instead of going to Starbucks.
Now I've tried to keep these Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars pretty simple and using as few ingredients as possible so don't feel pressured to add the mint extract here if you don't have any at home. Really, you just need protein powder of some kind (I use a vanilla whey protein powder but rice/hemp/soy protein should work too) along with cocoa powder, a nut butter of some kind and a sweetener (maple syrup or honey works).
I know how expensive almond and cashew butter can get so even if you sub in peanut butter and take out the mint extract, these would make fabulous chocolate peanut butter protein bars. I would stick to the natural peanut butter over the thicker stuff though to ensure similar texture. Or, if you need to go nut-free, tahini (made from sesame seeds) works as well and is something I actually have on hand more often to make things like hummus or energy bites.
I love recipes that you can do lots of swap-ins with and these Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars are perfect for that!
To make them a real “mocha” bar I added in some ground coffee (you can use instant or just plain coffee grounds) but you don't even have to do that if you're also worried about the level of caffeine – it just lends more of a smokey flavour and isn't really necessary. But what's a peppermint mocha without the coffee, right?!
Will you be making these Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars?
So far I've had two people test them and they turned out to be a big hit! If you're looking to switch up your protein bar game or need a little sweet treat to tide you over til dinner, look no further. With just 10 minutes of prep there's no excuse to not have tasty, healthy homemade snacks on hand!
Looking for more ways to use up those candy canes? Check out a couple of my other favourite peppermint recipes below!
Healthy Peppermint Mocha Protein Bars
- 1 1/2 cups almond or cashew butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp mint extract
- 2 cups vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp ground coffee
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 candy canes, crushed
- Microwave almond butter for 1 minute in a large bowl. Add maple syrup and mint extract, stirring well.
- Add protein powder, cocoa powder and ground coffee to bowl, mixing well with hands. Add in water and mix well until combined.
- Press into a greased 8x11 baking dish and then press in crushed candy canes on top. Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and cut into 6 squares. Keep in fridge up to 2 weeks - enjoy!