Healthy No-Bake Protein Brownies

The weather here in Las Vegas has been over 100 degrees, which is way too hot to turn on the oven and bake brownies. These gooey no-bake bars are the perfect solution because they set up quickly in the fridge. Plus, they are grain free, vegan, and paleo-friendly! That means I can eat 5 per day, right? 







  • 1/2 cup flour (almond meal or coconut flour -- I used coconut flour)
  • 1/2 cocoa powder 
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I used hemp protein)
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used homemade peanut butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown rice syrup (or other sweetener: maple syrup, agave, etc)
  • 1/2 cup cooked & mashed sweet potato (mash or blend until there are no lumps!)
  • pinch of salt




  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dates, soaked in warm water until soft
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tbsp nut milk (I used homemade brazil nut milk)


  1. Sift together the nut flour, cocoa powder, and protein powder and set aside. 
  2. Heat up the sweetener and nut butter until melted and combined. You can do this on the stovetop or microwaves. 
  3. Combine the two mixtures and stir well. Fold in the mashed sweet potato until everything is completely incorporated. The consistency should be similar to cookie dough. If too runny, add a little more flour. 
  4. Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish and refrigerate for at least an hour. 
  5. Meanwhile, blend all of the ingredients for the frosting in a food processor or high speed blender. Add the nut milk slowly until frosting consistency. Scrape down the sides often to ensure that the frosting is lump-free. 
  6. After refrigeration, spread frosting onto brownies and slice with a sharp knife. Enjoy!



  • You can omit the protein powder, and replace it with a little extra almond meal or coconut flour.
  • Warm the sweetener and nut butter just until melted -- don't continue to heat or the sugars will caramelize.