Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars
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!)
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 😉
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 …
… I got more likes than ever before and I promised to post the recipe.
So here it is!
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:
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 😉
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