Chunky Monkey Protein Bars

chunky monkey protein bars

I gave these bars the ‘chunky monkey’ name because they consist of a fudgy chocolate base, studded with chunks of walnuts, coconut and dried sour cherries.

I love the combination of fudgy, crunchy, sweet and sour. But feel free to get creative with what you add to the mixture.

The chewy, fudgy base has a cookie dough-like texture so it will hold pretty much whatever you choose to add. You could use any nuts you like. Macadamia nuts would be super deluxe. If you don’t have dried sour cherries, dried cranberries or even dried golden Inca berries would work well.

Gluten free | Grain free



Active Time:

10 minutes

Total Time:

1 hour


  • 1/4 cup Bare Blends Raw Cacao WPI
  • 1/4 cup Bare Blends Organic Raw Peruvian Cacao
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons rice malt syrup
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes


  1. Place the protein powder, cacao powder, rice malt syrup and softened coconut oil into a bowl and mix until you get a smooth dough. You will need to slowly work the syrup and oil into the powders. I find it best to work the mixture together by continuously pressing it against the side of the bowl using the back of the spoon.
  2. Add the walnuts, sour cherries and coconut flakes to the bowl and use your hands to squash them into the chocolate dough.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Shape the mixture into bars and place on the tray. Leave in the fridge for about an hour to set. Store in the fridge or freezer.

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Lilian Dikmans

Hi, I'm Lilian. Lilian Dikmans if you like full names. I'm a lawyer from Melbourne, Australia who recently stepped out of the corporate world to pursue my love for food, health and fitness. I'm all about simple, nourishing meals and healthy treats. I eat well because I like to feel good. I'm addicted to Muay Thai and I love yoga, mountains and good coffee. I started my blog to share my recipes and efforts to live a healthy life- Real Food Healthy Body

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