Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars

These Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars will CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE. 💪🍵

Drizzled with chocolate and secretly packed with protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, fiber, and all natural goodness, these sweet and fudgy, no-bake treats are incredibly unique and totally sophisticated.  This is the perfect recipe to officially announce…

*drum roll please*

I FINALLY FINISHED THE DIY PROTEIN BARS COOKBOOK REVAMP!!

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DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

I published DIY Protein Bars (my very first cookbook) late in 2014.  Still in college, not sure how the publication process went.  I was incredibly proud of the 1st edition, but over the years, my photography skills have progressed and my style has changed.

I’m so lucky to have such a large group of responsive and proactive readers who send me pictures of their homemade protein bars, as well as feedback and some recipe modifications that they made to better suit their personal health/fitness goals.  This cookbook got an overwhelmingly, mostly positive response (ya can’t please everybody 😕), and its popularity hasn’t died down once since it was originally published.

The 1st edition was very basic.  Which is fine, I mean, it shows the texture of the bars and gets the point across of what the final product should look like, but all of the bars were shot on a white background with minimal food props.  I could do better than that.  I spent a good chunk of the last few months retesting the books’ recipes, rephotographing the bars, and completely redesigning the book’s interior.  Lots of work, but so so worth it.  A slow and dreadful process that was only made better by knowing that over 100 protein bars awaited in my freezer, and that I was always able to grab a couple fresh protein bars on my way to work every day.  When it’s 3:30am, all my brain can handle is opening the fridge door and grabbing something that’s already prepped and ready to go.

Now that the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook [2nd Edition] is now published and available on Amazon, I can sit back, sip on my coffee and munch on some protein bars, relax and reflect.

I could NOT have done any of this without you guys.  I wouldn’t have written a cookbook in the first place without so many of y’all asking for me to write one.  I wouldn’t have continued on blogging if it wasn’t for your love and support.  And I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be on the path that I am now without every single one of you being so positive and uplifting and encouraging and kind to me.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! 🤗😝🙏💕💕💕

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

I know a green protein bar is a weird concept to wrap our heads around, let alone eat…  but you gotta admit, they’re pretty fascinating, yes? 😏

And once you think about it, people eat green sweets all the time!  Green Lucky Charm marshmallows, green Fruit Loops, pistachio bundt cakes, Granny Smith apples, kiwis, etc.  Matcha ain’t so weird after all.

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Let’s please have a moment of silence to embrace this beautiful chocolate drizzle.  A generous drizzling of chocolate can (and will) make anything taste better.  I must admit, I’m not the biggest fan of matcha’s flavor, but I will GOBBLE. THESE. UP.

These Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars are fun, easy, and healthy.  They’re the perfect snacks to keep on hand for those long and busy work days.  Or any day at all, really.

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

There are so many health benefits to organic green tea and matcha, so I love finding new ways to incorporate them into my diet (I’m not a huge tea-drinker…  my heart belongs to iced coffee).

A few bonuses:  they’re surprisingly filling, super easy to make, and 100% nutritious!  Yes, they’re naturally green too.  No artificial food coloring here.

Healthy Homemade Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Homemade Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I have probably made these protein bars over a dozen or two times.  I’ve tried these using raw almond butter instead of roasted, I’ve tried these with extra almond extract, I’ve tried these with chocolate protein powder and different kinds of chocolate drizzles (white, milk, dark).  The final recipe published in my cookbook is my all-time favorite recipe, made with roasted almond butter for a robust flavor, and white chocolate to mask matcha’s natural bitterness.

These bars have all the nice stuff.  Just good and wholesome organic, natural ingredients that are good for the body.  No need for the high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings, synthetic food dyes, or preservatives.

These Matcha Green Tea DIY Protein Bars are damn good and will make our taste buds happy as can be 💪🍵

10 bars

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Ingredients:

Directions:

You can find the full recipe and instructions in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!

Notes:

I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing DIY Protein Bars.  But, I understand not having a recipe here can be frustrating.  So, I'll meet you halfway...  how does that sound?  I'll show you all the ingredients I use in the recipe.  That way, you can determine on your own whether or not the cookbook is for you!
Do not use whey/egg/casein protein!  The mixture will be gooey and won't solidify.

Be sure to follow @DessertsWithBenefits on Instagram!  If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture of it, tag me @DessertsWithBenefits, and hashtag #DessertsWithBenefits #DIYProteinBars #DIYProteinBarsCookbook.  I’d love to see it and feature you on #FanFaveFridays!

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I am so blessed to be a part of such a loving, adoring, and supportive online community.  Here are some of the pictures readers have shared with me on social media and via email of their Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bar remakes!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Thanks @sharelgiovana!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Thanks @komschlies!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Thanks @foodbabywanders!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Thanks @brekbp!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Thanks @_klyne_!

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER!

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook + SunWarrior Protein Powder Giveaway!

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Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat protein bars.

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With love (and healthy dessert),

– Jess

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96 comments on “Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge DIY Protein Bars

  1. They look absolutely addicting)) Jessica, how do you think, is it possible to substitute almond butter with smth else? Or they won’t hold together in this case?

    • Irina-
      Aww thanks!! You can substitute the almond butter with any nut butter you like, such as walnut butter, cashew butter, macadamia butter, etc. Any nut butter will work (except peanut butter, because the flavor will overpower the matcha), but for the best flavor, I recommend using roasted over raw.
      I wouldn’t recommend omitting the nut butter because the protein bars won’t hold together and they won’t be as fudgy 🙂
      -Jess

  2. This looks interesting but wondering if it is gluten free

  3. any way to make this without grain and upping the protein still? do you think more protein powder would work? or maybe some almond flour?

    thanks for another great recipe!
    i just bought some matcha tea too! mind-reader!

    • Zosia-
      WOW perfect timing! What are the odds that this recipe would come along right after you bought some matcha? 🙂
      You can try using other flours to replace the oat flour. I haven’t tried it, but I think almond flour might work! As long as the mixture looks like the dough in the Instagram pic it should be perfect. Hope you like the recipe!
      -Jess

  4. Are protein powders interchangeable? I have vanilla and chocolate whey protein and plain egg white protein. Do you think any of these would work in this recipe?

    • Karen-
      Like Zosia said above, whey protein powder and egg protein powder cannot replace the brown rice flour. I’ve tried it SOOO many times but every batch ends up being a total failure. It gets really gooey and sticky and just plain weird! 🙁 I think the brown rice protein powder works because of the fiber content, which helps bind the mixture.
      Sorry!
      -Jess

  5. KAREN: She write right in the recipe, “**Do not use whey protein! The mixture will be gooey and will not solidify.”

    I have made some of her protein bars and the ones I have found that worked are only vegan protein powders, so brown rice, hemp, a mix (so SunWarrior blend or Vega), which include pea, cranberry, rice, hemp proteins.

    • Zosia-
      Good to know that hemp protein and Vega both work in here! I’ve always wondered if Vega would work because I have that in my pantry, but I’m scarred by all those failed whey protein batches to actually try it out 😉
      Thanks!
      -Jess

    • Good to know that hemp works as well since that is generally what I have on hand. You don’t think I’ll have to adjust it at all, do you?

  6. Bridget @ The Road Not Processed

    This looks really awesome, I need to make this soon :3

  7. You honestly make the best recipes! Everything you post looks incredible!

  8. I just found your website and love so many of your recipes! This one looks delicious! I was wondering if the brown rice protein powder is a complete protein?

    Also, I’m allergic to tree nuts, is there anything besides another nut butter that I could sub for the almond butter? Hopefully I’ll be able to try these matcha bars! Thanks!

  9. ~ I definately want to try this recipe! I am not a big fan of Stevia, do you have another suggestion for sweetening these?

    • Megsie-
      You can try using a packeted sweetener instead, like Truvia. I would add 12 packets at first, give the dough a taste, and add more if you feel like it needs it. Just know that matcha is very bitter so you will likely need to use more sweetener 🙂
      I wouldn’t recommend liquid sweeteners, like honey or agave, because they will make the dough to moist and the bars won’t hold together.
      Hope you like the protein bars!!
      -Jess

  10. Alicia Nuszloch

    THANKS for this recipe, these bars look so delicious, loved the color that the matcha gives them.

    Keep bringing more sweetheart

    Alicia

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  12. Hello,

    I just found this blog, and IT IS AMAZING!! I want to try so many recipes, but a lot of the ingredients I cannot find where I am living. What other things can I replace for these ingredients: Stevia Extract and Oat Flour. I have protein powder without whey, would that be okay to use?

    Thanks so much!! And keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Polly-
      I’m so glad you found my blog! 🙂
      It’s going to be hard to replace the Stevia Extract, but you can try using packeted sweeteners meant for coffee instead (such as Truvia). Since matcha is very bitter, you need to use a lot more sweetener to overpower that, so I would recommend using about 16-18 packets of sweetener. Give the “dough” a taste and add more if you feel like it needs it. Otherwise, just coat more chocolate over the protein bars 🙂
      It’s also going to be hard to replace the Oat Flour because the flavor is neutral and it doesn’t require baking, like Whole Wheat Flour. If you have access to oats (instant oats or basic rolled oats) just blend some in a blender or food processor until it’s flour-like and use that 🙂
      I hope this helps. If you try out the recipe I hope you LOVE it!!
      -Jess

  13. Looks great! I bought a BUNCH of matcha powder and I’m trying to find recipes to use it all! Glad I came across your link on pinterest! 😀

  14. Oh I forgot to add, how long can you keep these out? Do they go bad quickly? I would love to make a big batch once I perfected the recipe but I don’t want it to go to waste if it spoils quickly.
    Thanks!

    • Justine-
      They can stay out for a couple hours before they get a little too soft and fudgy. It’s best to eat them straight from the fridge.
      You could also freeze each individual bar wrapped in plastic wrap or a sandwich baggie and take them out a few hours before eating.
      When they’re stored in the fridge, they’ll keep for about 2 weeks tops 🙂
      Hope you like the protein bars!!
      -Jess

  15. I didn’t listen, and I used whey.The flavor was outstanding however:-) I’m guessing I can use hemp protein instead of rice? I will definitely attempt these again.Thank you

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  17. Hi. I thought I followed the recipe and when I pulled out my pan this morning..it was mush and didn’t solidify..did I do something wrong? Also my mix before putting into the pan didn’t look nearly as thick as yours did. I left out the stevia and used whole wheat flour instead or oat flour..was that wrong? Pls help! I really was looking forward to these and thought it was super simple.

    • Jenn Park-
      Whole wheat flour should work just fine in place of the oat flour (it’ll just taste a little different). Did you use whey protein? Whey, casein and egg white protein powders don’t work in this recipe.
      Just let me know! 🙂
      -Jess

      • Two more questions… How much is a scoop? And can I still omit the stevia? And add equal amounts of honey to replace it?

        • Jenn Park-
          I’m not sure how much one scoop is, but 168g/8 scoops should be 1+1/4 cups lightly packed.
          I wouldn’t recommend omitting the stevia because they will be bland and slightly bitter (matcha is very bitter alone!). The stevia in the recipe has the sweetness of ~1 cup of sugar, so you’d probably need ~3/4 cup of honey to add the same amount of sweetness. However, the honey will add too much moisture/liquid to the recipe and the bars won’t solidify.
          -Jess

  18. I know others have asked about the appropriate type of protein powder, but mine is a bit different. I do NOT have whey protein powder but mine is vegan. It is not completely brown rice protein powder. It’s made up of pea protein, alfalfa protein, and rice protein (listed in that order on the nutritional info). Do you think that will be ok or will it also be mush if rice protein is lower down on the list (individual proportions of each type of protein are not listed). I’m ready to make these but just need that bit of information so I don’t ruin perfectly good ingredients! TIA!

    • Kalan-
      I can’t say for sure whether or not your protein powder will work… I think it’s worth a shot, since many vegan protein powders absorb a lot of liquid, but I still don’t want it to be a total failure :/
      I would say try it out, and if it doesn’t turn out like pictured, you can add the mixture to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. Hope this helps! 🙂
      -Jess

  19. Wonderful protein bars! I am making them in batches for the week. So much better than buying them at the store. Thank you!

  20. Does soy protein powder work?

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  22. Hi – I just made these and I have some questions/comments. I’ve never used brown rice protein before – this might be a dumb question, but are all brands brown? The reason I ask is my mixture did not turn out the vibrant green as in your pictures. The mixture of brown and green created a more unappetizing color that I could only describe in ways that would make readers gag. I’m going to still eat them, but I really want that vibrant green that’s in your pictures.

    I also didn’t use the same brand as you recommended. Consequently there was no scoop in my container so I used the one from my whey protein. Suffice to say that all scoops are not the same. I think I estimated as close as I could but I think I ended up too high on the brown rice protein content. Which could have been part of my problem, but I don’t think it was so much more that it would have gotten me closer to that vibrant green.

    At any rate, I’m gonna give this another shot after I eat these and perhaps tone down the brown rice protein and maybe try almond flour, which has more protein than oat flour.

    • Greg-
      All brown rice protein powder gives off a hint of brown, unlike whey protein powder, which is off-white. I can’t vouch for other brown rice protein powders, but I know that SunWarrior turns mixtures a tan color, not brown. If you don’t have the right scooper, try using a kitchen scale instead. It’s more accurate and you don’t need to bother with scoopers hidden half way down the bag 😉
      Your bars may have turned brown because of your matcha powder. Expensive, matcha powder is a vibrant green, while matcha powder tends to turn a mucky brown. I used to buy the cheaper matcha variety, but I quickly learned that it gave off the worst color 🙁 … so now I only buy the high quality stuff.
      Also, I just wanted to point out that almond flour and oat flour are pretty close in terms of protein content. And, I used oat flour in this recipe because, along with the almond butter, they create a complete protein. Almonds on their own are incomplete proteins, but I guess it’s not a huge deal since you have the brown rice protein 🙂
      If you get a chance to make the recipe again, I hope it turns out better than the first batch!
      -Jess

  23. Hi Jessica!
    I didn’t read carefully enough and I ended up subbing the vegan protein with my whey protein — and guess what — my batch is still gooey! 🙁
    What would you recommend doing with it? Try with the freezer? Bake it? Eat with a spoon?
    I will stock up with some vegan protein powder next week 🙂
    Thanks!

    Andrea

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  25. Hi! These were too tempting to not try! Unfortunately, after following everything step by step, they were a gooey mess. I guess I’m just not ever going to be good at baking :(. I’ll throw them in the freezer and see how they do then. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. Is it possible to substitute the vanilla brown rice protein for plain brown rice protein and just add a bit of vanilla extract instead? 🙂

    • Jenna-
      I don’t have much experience with unflavored protein powder, but I do know that SunWarrior’s version is unsweetened as well… so if you use an unflavored/unsweetened protein powder you’ll need to increase the amount of sweetener, vanilla and chocolate as well.
      I hope you like the protein bars!! 😀
      -Jess

  27.  No! I did everything I was supposed to 🙁 I’m going to try again today, maybe less drops of almond oil or I did a false measurement of the, I believe it i was, oh yeah it was the protein powder. hrm ill let you know how this batch comes out.

    • Carissa-
      Hmmm, that’s really strange. I would recommend using a kitchen scale because the protein powder and oat flour are difficult to measure properly using measuring cups… they seem to pack really tightly into the measuring cups. I hope the second batch turns out well! 😀
      -Jess

  28. Hi ! This looks really delicious. As I love matcha I can’t wait to try this receipe ! 
    I have plant based protein with vanilla falvor at home (vega) do you think it will work ? 

  29. Super excited to try these out, I’m going to be using Soy protein so I’m hoping it works out!
    as for the sweetened, nowhere around me carries it, so I’m going to use sugar in its place, I like my matcha on the more bitter side. hoping when i adjust to my tastes they still work!

  30. Hi I tried making this without any protein powder and it was just a liquid mess in the end. Is there anywhere to make this a fudge bar without the protein and still have the batter like cookie dough?

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