Vanilla Cashew Protein Bars

These mouthwatering Maple Vanilla Cashew Protein Bars not only keep you full and satisfied they are also super delicious. Creamy cashews and vanilla protein powder combine with sweet, pure maple syrup and luscious salted dark chocolate to make for one really enjoyable snack.

Vanilla cashew protein bars topped with chocolate and flaked sea salt

These yummy Vanilla Cashew Protein Bars are a true reward! Each bite is positively blissful.

Cashew nuts are just such a decadent treat and these bars are a tasty way to showcase their goodness. Cashews and coconut make up the base, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and the topping is a thick layer of dark chocolate, made all velvety and lush by melting it together with coconut oil.

A dusting of flaked sea salt on top is the ultimate finale.


These bars a perfect solution for that snack attack that hits you mid morning or afternoon.

You know the one. 😉

healthy protein squares stacked on top of each other

Your tummy starts rumblin’ and you want something quick! It’s too early for a meal and these bars are the perfect size for tying you over until lunch or dinner.

The protein is key for satiation.

I stock up on things like cashews in the bulk section of my grocery store. That way I have the specific amount that I need and nothing is going to waste. You can also bring your own bags to lessen your environmental impact when shopping.

Every little bit helps!

Vanilla cashew protein bars on a white surface


Protein Bars are easy to find on your store shelves, why make them at home?

Vanilla cashew bars cut into squares

Two reasons.

Firstly, who knows how long those bars have been sitting in that plastic casing just getting all old. I want my food to be the freshest it can be.

Let’s cut down on all of this waste while we’re at it. The world definitely doesn’t need more garbage and not tossing protein bar wrappers in the trash every day could be a great contribution.

Secondly, what are IN those bars?

Some are great, like larabars for instance.

Others are not so great. They boast such ingredients as sugar or high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, soy, sugar alcohols, and other synthetic additives.


No weird ingredients here.

The quality is totally in our control!

cashew protein bars

This simple protein bar recipe is great for meal prep! You will be looking forward to this treat all week.

Want to try protein DONUTS? I say yes! Check out these Collagen Donuts from my friend Shelby at Fit as a Mama Bear. <3


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*Originally posted May 15, 2013. Updated February 23, 2020*

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Maple Vanilla Cashew Protein Bars

Sharon Rhodes
These mouthwatering Maple Vanilla Cashew Protein Bars not only keep you full and satisfied they are also super delicious. Creamy cashews and vanilla protein powder combine with sweet, pure maple syrup and luscious salted dark chocolate to make for one really enjoyable snack.

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 181 kcal


For the topping


  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside
  • Add cashews to a food processor and process until they are broken down and tacky to the touch
  • Add the old fashioned oats, liquid coconut oil, protein powder, maple syrup and sea salt to the cashew mixture and process again until it forms a dough
  • Transfer the mixture to your parchment lined pan and press it in really well. Put the pan in the freezer
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, stir together the topping ingredients until it is smooth. 
  • Take the cashew base out of the freezer and pour the chocolate topping evenly over top. Sprinkle with sea salt
  • Freeze for one hour
  • Take out of the freezer and slice into 8 bars or 16 squares
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for up to a week


Serving: 16Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gluten free recipes, protein bars, snack recipes
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  1. 5 stars
    Sharon, again, thank you so much for coming up with this delectable recipe. It is so darn tasty. This is my favorite protein bar to curb hunger pains whether on the go or the craving for something sweet shows up unexpectedly.
    I also have made this recipe with chocolate protein. Both are good, but honestly the vanilla is exceptional. I am ready to try another protein bar from your recipes.
    Maple Vanilla Protein Fudge is next on the list….today.

  2. 5 stars
    Yes, I made them and they came out looking exactly as they do in your photo.
    I didn’t top with salt, but the quick/easy chocolate on top turns this delicious
    protein snack with oats into an epicurean delight. The cashews, maple, and chocolate
    flavors with the addition of protein powder is magic…and nutritious.
    Each bite is satisfying. I can only eat two – that’s the magic of protein powder.
    I keep ample in the fridge for company (and me) who are amazed how good they are.
    Thank you.

    1. Aw, thanks Marty! What a great comment. That totally made my day. So happy you enjoyed the recipe and I love that you are ready to share with company. xo

  3. 5 stars
    Oh yum these would so be perfect for the mid morning hunger pangs, I totally agree! I’m so impressed they only have a ten minute prep time! xx

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