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

These Healthy Homemade Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars are incredibly unique and totally healthy — packed with quality protein, healthy fats and all natural goodness, these sweet and fudgy treats are surprisingly filling and 100% nutritious!  Plus, they’re no bake and super easy to make.  Oh, and 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

Yes, I know a green protein bar is a really weird concept to wrap our heads around, let alone eat…  but you gotta admit, it’s pretty fascinating  ;)  And once you think about it, people eat green sweets all the time!  Like green Lucky Charm marshmallows and green Fruit Loops…  or Granny Smith apples and kiwis, for those who eat au naturel.

I mean, look at those chocolate drizzles.  A generous drizzling of chocolate can make anything taste better, and it sure did the trick here.  I don’t even like matcha and I loved these protein bars!  Fun, easy, healthy — these are the perfect treats to keep on hand for long and busy days.  Or any day at all, really.

I genuinely love love love my Abnormal Psychology class, but I really looked forward to it being over so I could eat one of these green things  ;)

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

To be honest, I was just making these protein bars for myself…  I wasn’t planning on posting the recipe.  There are so many health benefits to organic green tea and matcha, so I try to incorporate them into my diet any way possible.  Unfortunately, it’s hot here in Arizona so I don’t like drinking tea (plus, my heart belongs to iced coffee), and I’m not a big fan of green tea supplements.

But when I posted these pictures on my Instagram …

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 got more likes than ever before and I promised to post the recipe.

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

Yum.

So here it is!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars [low fat, gluten free, vegan]

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 protein bars

Serving Size: 1 protein bar

Calories per serving: 130

Fat per serving: 5g

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars [low fat, gluten free, vegan]

These Healthy Homemade Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars are incredibly unique and totally healthy -- packed with quality protein, healthy fats and all natural goodness, these sweet and fudgy treats are surprisingly filling and 100% nutritious! Plus, they're no bake and super easy to make. Oh, and they're naturally green too (no artificial food coloring here!)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch brownie pan with parchment paper both ways, set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the almond butter, milk, stevia and lemon flavor. Mix on low speed.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the protein powder, oat flour and matcha powder. Slowly add this to the mixing stand mixer.
  4. Mix until the mixture is even, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. It should have a texture like cookie dough.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and flatten the surface with a rubber spatula or pastry roller.
  6. Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. The next day, slice the protein bars and drizzle them liberally with chocolate. Serve!
  8. To store, place the protein bars on a plate and wrap tightly.

Notes

*The lemon flavor just brightens up the matcha flavor. If you omit this, simply increase the amount of chocolate.

**Do not use whey protein! The mixture will be gooey and will not solidify.

This recipe is: low fat, low sugar, high fiber, high protein, gluten free and vegan!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-matcha-green-tea-fudge-protein-bars/

I made these protein bars three times — once with raw almond butter and twice with roasted almond butter (both ABs have no sugar/salt/oil added).  The protein bars made with the roasted almond butter definitely tasted better, it helped take away the matcha’s bitterness and it added a stronger, richer flavor.  If you don’t want to use almond butter you can use any other neutral nut butter you like, such as walnut butter, cashew butter, macadamia butter, etc…  not peanut butter.  The same goes with these other nut butters — roasted will taste better!  If you want to use raw, though, just add more chocolate to the recipe  ;)

Also, if you’re a matcha newbie (or if you’re just not a fan of matcha flavor, like me), I would recommend using 4oz of chocolate and coat the bars completely.

I used Theo 70% Cacao Chocolate because it’s organic, non-GMO and fair-trade.  But if you wanted to make these protein bars sugar free, use sugar free dark chocolate.  To make things simpler you could just mix in some mini dark chocolate chips into the protein dough and skip the annoying chocolate-melting part (or am I the only one who thinks that?)

Wow, all this talk about chocolate is making me hungry.  So while I go to grab one of these protein bars out of my fridge, check out the nutrition label:

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

I didn’t include the chocolate in the nutrition label because I provided so many options…  2oz or 4oz of melted chocolate, sugar free chocolate for a sugar free option, and mini chocolate chips.  And honestly, the next time I make this recipe I’m going to go for the mini chocolate chips.  While the drizzled chocolate makes the protein bars look much more appealing, chocolate chips are easier to add to the protein dough and I like the crunch!

This is a nutrition label I feel good about, and the ingredient list makes it that much better.  No high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavorings or food dyes, no preservatives, no starches, no bad stuff.  Just good wholesome organic ingredients that are good for the body and the earth!

But really now, it’s just damn tasty and it makes our taste buds happy  ;)

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

Labels: Almond-Butter, Bars-Blondies-and-Brownies, Brown-Rice-Protein, Chocolate, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Matcha, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Oat-Flour, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (23)

  1. Irina: March 11, 2014

    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?

  2. dessertswithbenefits: March 11, 2014

    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

  3. Donna@GardensEyeView: March 11, 2014

    This looks interesting but wondering if it is gluten free

  4. dessertswithbenefits: March 11, 2014

    Donna @ Gardens Eye View-
    Yup! As long as you use certified gluten-free oat flour, like Bob’s Red Mill (http://astore.amazon.com/chockohlawtay-20/detail/B003LPKETS), these will be gluten free. If you have allergies or Celiacs, ALWAYS check the packages and labels to be 100% sure :)
    -Jess

  5. zosia: March 11, 2014

    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!

  6. dessertswithbenefits: March 11, 2014

    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

  7. Karen: March 11, 2014

    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?

  8. zosia: March 11, 2014

    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.

  9. dessertswithbenefits: March 11, 2014

    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

  10. dessertswithbenefits: March 11, 2014

    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

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

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

  13. Sarah: March 13, 2014

    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!

  14. dessertswithbenefits: March 14, 2014

    Sarah-
    YAY I’m so glad you found my blog too!
    And yes, the brown rice protein is a complete protein.
    You can substitute the nut butter with raw tahini (not roasted or toasted) or roasted sunflower seed butter :)
    Hope you like the recipe!
    -Jess

  15. Megsie: March 24, 2014

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

  16. dessertswithbenefits: March 24, 2014

    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

  17. Alicia Nuszloch: April 2, 2014

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

    Keep bringing more sweetheart

    Alicia

  18. Polly: May 27, 2014

    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! :)

  19. dessertswithbenefits: May 27, 2014

    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

  20. Justine: July 17, 2014

    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! :D

  21. dessertswithbenefits: July 17, 2014

    Justine-
    YAY! Perfect timing to get a bunch of matcha powder huh?? :)
    I got quite a few matcha recipes on the blog in case you wanna check them out:
    -Whole Wheat Matcha Almond Layer Cake with Matcha Frosting
    -Matcha Almond Shortbread Cookie Dough
    -Matcha Green Tea Milkshake
    -Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
    … and they’re all healthy too, just like these Matcha Green Tea Protein Bars :)
    I hope you like the recipe(s)!!
    -Jess

  22. Justine: July 17, 2014

    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!

  23. dessertswithbenefits: July 18, 2014

    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

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