Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars

Fudgy Millionaire's Protein Bars

Can you guess what’s underneath that amazing, thick veil of chocolate?

Fudgy Millionaire's Protein Bars

Fudgy bars made with rich-tasting and expensive-looking Salted Marcona Almond Butter plus a gooey layer of Homemade Caramel.

Is your stomach growling yet??  Mine sure is.

Fudgy Millionaire's Protein Bars

These sweet and decadent Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars don’t taste healthy at all, they taste like candy bars full of sugar.  They actually taste like sin.  Pure sin.  This is THE perfect treat to have on hand for snacks, a breakfast on the go, or even dessert — it’s nutritionally balanced (with fiber, protein and zero refined sugar) so you will stay fuller for longer, unlike typical storebought candy bars.  What’s not to love??

Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars (low sugar, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 10 protein bars



    For the Protein Bar Base:
  1. Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with beater attachment, add the nut butter, almond milk and truvia/stevia. Mix on low.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein powder. Slowly add to the stand mixer, mix until incorporated.
  4. Fold the dough until you form a ball. Scoop the dough ball out of the bowl and press into the prepared brownie pan. Refrigerate uncovered 3-4 hours.
  5. For the Caramel Option #1:
  6. Slice the bars into 12.
  7. Top each bar with a caramel and flatten. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  8. For the Caramel Option #2:
  9. Add the caramels to a small bowl and squish them with a spoon.
  10. Stir in the almond milk.
  11. Stir in the protein powder (it should have the texture of chewed bubble gum... sorry for the gross image I just put into your head)
  12. Spread on the protein bars. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then slice.
  13. For the Chocolate Coating:
  14. In a double boiler, add the chocolate and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted.
  15. Dip the bars into the chocolate, drip off excess and let rest on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  16. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.


*I have made these bars plenty of times using different nut butters, but marcona almond butter just makes it seem more "millionaire-ish" and "expensive-tasting" ;) If using an UNsalted nut butter, add 1/4 tsp of salt to the recipe.

This recipe is: no bake, low sugar, high protein, gluten free, vegan!

Fudgy Millionaire's Protein Bars

You can pour the chocolate on top or dunk the bars into a bowl of melted chocolate. The second choice is easier but you just need a lot more chocolate to do that.

Fudgy Millionaire's Protein Bars

Caramel Filling Option #2

Fudgy Millionaire's Protein Bars

Caramel Filling Option #2



Like this recipe?  Then you’ll LOVE the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!  With 48 dessert-like protein bar recipes, full-color pages and photos for every recipe, you’ll never think twice about buying protein bars from the store again.  See this page for more information on the book, including the Table of Contents, some sneak peaks and sample images.

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Order it from Amazon here!

18 comments on “Healthy Fudgy Millionaire’s Protein Bars

  1. Mmmmm you should seriously just market and sell this stuff. So good.

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  3. What a great idea to make marcona almond butter! I can only imagine how divine it tastes – I’ll have to remedy that right away, and these millionaire’s bars seem like the perfect way to do it!

  4. These look delicious! And the pictures are gorgeous. Can’t wait to trey them!

  5. These look just like the Medifast Caramel Nut, bars except for the fact that yours look 10x better and are probably healthier. Im so glad your millionaire bars don’t hve a million chemical ingredients or sugars ending in “ose.” The only “ose ” word in your vocabulary is delici”ose”.

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  7. Hi! I see that a lot of your recipes call for protein powder.I would really like to make them, but I don’t buy protein powder.So what would be a good substitute that I could use?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      In my baking/dessert-making experience, I have never come across an ingredient that can replace protein powder. Coconut flour and peanut flour absorb a similar amount of liquid as brown rice protein powder, however they do not taste similar at all and the texture will either be too crumbly or too gooey. I don’t think protein powder is something to be against, it is just a supplement. It is not meant to replace healthy foods or protein sources, it is just there for those days where you lack protein or need a boost. I would certainly keep a tub of it around. Plus, it tastes good 😉

  8. Thank you Jessica! I cant wait to get started!(I’ll probably OD on them too! 😉 )

  9. Oat flour is full of gluten..?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      No, certified gluten free oat flour contains no gluten. See the link in the recipe to see the GF oat flour I use.
      Regular oats and oat flour might because oats are commonly grown adjacent to wheat fields, but not all.

  10. Wonderful recipe! Keep it up.

  11. I just tried making these because they look so good. The problem I had was that the dough never got thick at all. I am using whey protein powder instead of rice protein powder, otherwise everything is pretty much the same. What am I doing wrong, I wonder?

    • Hillary-
      It’s the whey protein powder… for some reason whey, casein and egg protein powder can’t replace brown rice protein powder at all. It turns the dough really gooey and sticky and it doesn’t solidify properly :(

  12. Hi, I would LOVE to make my protein bars at home and your recipes look super delicious! Unfortunately, you always use rice protein. I only have whey at home. Do you have any recipes with whey? Or could you make some? I would love that! <3

  13. Would it be possible to include the nutrition table with the recipes please?

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