Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Blog

Have you ever had Red Velvet Fudge?  Maybe…  ;)

Well, how about this:  Have you ever had all natural, refined sugar free and 100% healthy Red Velvet Fudge?  No…  that exists?!

Yes, it finally does.  And you would never know that it’s actually good for you.

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Blog Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Blog

Look at how fudgy, dense and chewy it is!

It’s like any other chocolate fudge — sweet, rich, flavorful, fudgy — but it’s naturally red (no artificial food coloring here), refined sugar free (no processed cane sugar either), gluten free (yup, no bleached white flour), high fiber, high protein and vegan too.  I swear you’d never know it, though  :)

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Bites and Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars

Yield: 12 protein bars or 36 fudge bites

Serving Size: 1 protein bar or 3 fudge bites

Calories per serving: 180

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Bites and Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the beet puree, stevia, nut butter, milk, butter extract and vanilla paste. Mix on low.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the protein powder, oat flour and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing stand mixer and mix until mixture is even. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again, it should be thick like cookie dough.
  5. Dump the dough into the prepared brownie pan and press to flatten.
  6. Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve the next day.

Notes

These protein bars keep very well if covered and refrigerated.

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

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-red-velvet-fudge-protein-bars/

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Blog

Wow, I think that’s a pretty impressive nutrition label for RED. VELVET. FUDGE!  Only 180 calories with a punch of 17g of protein?  Typical fudge has 548 calories33g fat and 29g sugar!!  If that somehow didn’t convince you to make this recipe, I think the fact that this dessert squeezes in a vegetable should be a little persuasive, huh?  ;)

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars - Healthy Dessert Blog

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Comments (15)

  1. Emma: December 31, 2013

    These are so fun! Amazing ingredients list too :)

  2. Kira - The Healthable Old Soul: December 31, 2013

    I love how you use beets instead of food coloring! I am baking some today!

  3. Mary: December 31, 2013

    Wow, these bars not only look yummy, but they’re beauties!
    The only thing missing is Stevia in the Raw.
    I checked the link and some people really seem angry that this stevia is full of fillers.
    What’s your take on this? Is it to help bulking the recipe?
    Would just liquid stevia extract would do?

  4. dessertswithbenefits: December 31, 2013

    Mary-
    Stevia in the Raw is not full of a bunch of random ingredients, just maltodextrin and stevia :)
    One reason I used Stevia in the Raw in this recipe is because I found out a lot of my readers were using Splenda (sucralose) which is artificial/manmade, unlike stevia and maltodextrin. I would rather have my readers (and myself, my family and my friends) eat natural foods rather than artificial foods.
    Another reason is because the bag of Stevia in the Raw I have states that it is gluten-free, so it is safe for those with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (Splenda doesn’t say it’s gluten-free, the maltodextrin they use is probably from wheat)
    The last reason I used Stevia in the Raw is because it’s cheaper than the liquid stevia extract I usually use, is more widely available and is easier to find. If you use liquid stevia extract I would recommend using 3/4 tsp. Hope this helps!
    -Jess

  5. Rena @ No Way That's Healthy!: December 31, 2013

    DO you find stevia in the raw bitter? i have a bag of it, but every time I use it, I find it bitter…

  6. dessertswithbenefits: December 31, 2013

    Rena-
    In my personal experience, I only find stevia to be bitter when I accidentally use too much. In case you were wondering, these protein bars don’t taste bitter at all :)
    -Jess

  7. Chris: December 31, 2013

    I don’t think you can call using stevia and butter extract healthy. Just sayin’

  8. Medha: January 1, 2014

    Love the bright, vibrant red color!

  9. Hanna: January 2, 2014

    I find it really difficult to get hold of a couple of the ingredients you used, but you have no idea how much I want to eat this, that I may just embark on an Amazon shopping trip!

  10. dessertswithbenefits: January 2, 2014

    Hanna-
    I get pretty much all of my ingredients online from Amazon, it’s SO much cheaper than buying in stores! I hope you get to make these protein bars, a little shopping trip is TOTALLY worth it ;)
    -Jess

  11. zosia: January 6, 2014

    I am allergic to oats!

    Do you think I could substitute a protein powder or coconut flour?

    Thanks!

    (as a side: maltodextrin is very high on the glycemic-index and is therefore not really all that healthy)

  12. dessertswithbenefits: January 6, 2014

    Zosia-
    Thankfully this is a no-bake recipe so most flours can replace the oat flour, I just find that oat flour has a cake-like flavor in certain applications. You can replace the oat flour with brown rice flour, sorghum flour, almond flour or more protein powder (approximately 3-5 extra scoopfuls worth, or however much until you reach that fudgy cookie dough texture).
    Usually when one ingredient in a recipe is high glycemic I balance it out with other ingredients that are low on the glycemic index, like nut butters, oat flour, cocoa and protein powder. Healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fiber and proteins digest slowly within the body. If the stevia in the raw is a concern, you can replace it with 3/4-1 tsp of liquid stevia extract.
    Hope this helps, and I hope you like the recipe!!
    -Jess :D

  13. Brooke Larson: January 30, 2014

    The color of the protein bars is really good and gives a treat to eyes. Its nice to know that these protein bars come with a good texture and different flavor.

  14. Lili: April 7, 2014

    These look fantastic! I just made your red velvet brownies and it’s delicious! :) I was just wondering if I could replace the protein powder with Whey Protein Concentrate? If so, should I substitute an equal amount or different? Thank you!

  15. dessertswithbenefits: April 7, 2014

    Lili-
    YAY I’m so glad you liked the brownies!! :D
    As for the whey protein substitution, I’m afraid it won’t work :( For some reason whey protein doesn’t solidify and it turns all gooey. I’ve tried making whey protein bars (without liquid sweeteners like honey or agave) for so long but every batch seems to fail!

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