Cocoa Chai Protein Squares

I am so excited to be sitting down to write this post! Not only because these squares are to die for, but I am officially done with my junior year of college! I can't believe I first striated blogging when I left for my freshman year almost three years ago. My oh my how things have changed! - Of course for the better. The past few weeks, and pretty much all of April, has been the busiest month of classes this year. Every time I tried to sit down to write a post, I knew I had something school related to look at and just couldn't put together anything. Anyways, it is all over now, hello summer vacay! If you missed my last post about these brain happy energy balls, be sure to check it out! I swear they kept me sane last week between their sweetness (though no added refined sugars) and amount of brain healthy fats. I've come to realize balls, bars, and bites are all the rage right now and I have to admit, I am loving it! I am such a "snack" person and honestly I am okay with that. I have such an odd schedule that sometimes snacking just works better for me and also helps with outrageous cravings throughout the week. But hey - if it doesn't work for you, that is totally alright. It's all about listening to your body, eating for your lifestyle, and finding the healthiest you!

We headed to the gym a bit earlier today and I must say it felt great to come home before ten o'clock. Plus with not having school work, I felt like my entire morning was up to me. So of course that means recipe time! I quickly got out my food processor and large bag of dates and not soon after I heard Chad exclaim, "Ooooo balls?!" Sorry no balls, just squares - oh and they're the best squares!

The first layer is a crunchy and nutty mix of walnuts, dates, cinnamon, vanilla extract and vanilla protein powder. The hint of cinnamon with the sweetness of vanilla makes for the perfect chai inspired combination. On the contrary, the final layer is a raw cocoa, coconut oil, cinnamon, and chocolate protein powder blend that hardens to the perfect fudge-like constancy. Between the crunchy and smooth textures and the spicy and sweet flavors, these cocoa chia protein squares are delicious! I hope you love them as much as we do!

Cocoa Chai Protein Squares


What You Will Need

These squares consist of two super easy to make layers. As I said above, the first layer, or base layer, is a crunchy and gooey walnut and date combo that is heavenly. It also has 30 grams of whey protein, but the best part about it is that it hides any "protein" taste that many protein bars give off. Here's what you will need for the first layer:

  • 1 cup of pitted dates (roughly 6-7 dates), 1/2 cup walnuts, 1 scoop (30g) of protein powder, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Like I said, this layer is super easy to make and you won't believe how quickly it comes together. Start by placing your pitted dates and walnuts into your food processor, blend on high until a "ball" forms and the dates are completely broken down. Next, add in the rest of your ingredients and blend until "pearl" like beads appear.


Once you've reached this consistency, pour your mixture into a lined 9x9 baking dish and spread evenly to make a base layer. Be sure to really pat this layer down so that it forms more of a crust. I found that using the warmth from my hands to really pat this down worked like a charm!


Allow your first layer to cool by placing it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. In the mean time, we can start mixing up our top and final layer! This chocolate layer could fool anyone into thinking you melted down a milk chocolate Hersey's bar. I kid you not, Chad repeatedly asked if I was lying about the ingredients because they are that good! Here is what you will need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted), 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of honey, 30 grams of chocolate protein, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Start by measuring out roughly 1/4 cup (4 tbsp.) of unrefined coconut oil. I found that this does not have to be a perfect measure and I just generally do 4 tablespoons to make measuring easier. Melt this down until it is completely clear and liquified before adding in your cocoa powder and protein. Combine your cocoa, protein, and cinnamon and pour over the top of your cooled date layer. Place the baking dish back into the fridge and let it cool for 20 minutes before cutting.


You will know it's done when the chocolate layer has a nice dull/matte finish to it. Simply cut your squares into 14 pieces and enjoy! I wish I could explain how unbelievable these squares turned out to be - they are so delicious you will question how they are even healthy!


{Nutrition Information: Makes 14 squares, serving size: 1 square - Calories: 125 cals. · Fat: 11 grams of fat · Protein: 5 grams of protein ·  Carbohydrates: 11 grams of carbs, 2.4 grams of fiber}