Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars Recipe

Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars Recipe

These Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars will fill you up with nuts, fruits, and other whole foods. They’re portable and better than sugary store-bought bars. For more homemade snacks, try this Easy Homemade Honey Cashew Butter recipe or this Macadamia Blueberry Breakfast Cookies recipe.

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Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars Recipe
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Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 411kcal


  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup unsalted pistachios , shelled
  • 2 cups pitted dates , chopped
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • ¾ cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) bar dark chocolate, chopped
  • Sprinkle of coarse sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. In a food processor, pulse the nuts together until coarsely ground. Add in the dates, cherries, egg whites, and vanilla until a paste forms. Add in chocolate and give a quick pulse. (Do not over-mix the chocolate so you can taste the big yummy chunks!)
  • Push the mixture into a parchment-lined 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center feels firm. Remove from the oven, let cool, and cut into bars. Sprinkle a little sea salt over top to enhance the sweetness, if desired.
  • These will last on the counter for a few days or up to a week or more in the fridge.


Pro Tip: Use clean parchment to wrap each one and place in small baggies or containers for clean and easy transport!


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 549mg16%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Protein Bars

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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  1. Fiona Manoon
    April 11, 2019

    Your blog and your recipes are seriously fab.
    This is one of my favorite food blog.
    Well Again thanks for this wonderful recipe .
    Keep Blogging !!

  2. Iris
    June 6, 2019

    411 calories is a LOT!
    No rating since I have not made it. Just offering my thoughts and ideas:
    Low sodium is really attractive.
    High protein and potassium are EXCELLENT.
    8 g of fiber Is welcomed, but total sugars/carbs are really high.
    I figure that 2 cups of dates contributes significantly to unacceptable (for me, anyway) total calories, high sugar count….dates are better than using sugar but still unattractive count per bar
    IF I were to make this, I’d replace the pecans with walnuts for the beneficial omegas. Not sure yet what I’d replace the pistachios with…maybe buckwheat groats? Hmmm…

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 7, 2019

      Yes, 411 is a lot. I double checked our nutrition facts and everything seems correct. Nuts just have a lot of calories. I guess this just means these are a filling snack, something with more substance than a store-bought bar might have. I will say that you could probably cut the bars into smaller sizes to have fewer calories per bar. The sugar is because of the dates and might also depend on the chocolate used. We use a plugin on the website that calculates nutrition facts based on somewhat generic measurements for certain foods (i.e. dark chocolate bar is an option but we didn’t input a specific brand, if that makes sense). If you choose a dark chocolate that is low in sugar then you’re only looking at the sugar from the dates.

      Hope this helps!

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