This recipe is not only no-bake, but also Paleo, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. Modeled after the Rx Bar, they’ve got a little caffeine and a lot of protein—all at a fraction of the cost.

Photo and recipe credit: Nicole Handler at Fitful Focus


  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 2 dozen)
  • ¾ cup egg white protein powder
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp water (add more if needed)


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process until everything begins to stick together to form a sticky ball of dough. You may need to stop every few minutes to push everything down with a spatula.
  3. Note: If things don't seem to be sticking, slowly add more water about a ½ Tbsp at a time until it does.
  4. Once you have a ball of dough, remove it from the food processor and press it into a parchment lined 8x8" baking dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Slice into 10-12 bars, and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.
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