No-Bake Orange Date Walnut Protein Bars - Easy Dessert in 10 minutes!
Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: Californian
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Serves:: 16 bars
Make this instead of a store-bought energy bar!
  • 3 T Unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 2 ½ C Very soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ C Vanilla Protein Powder (sweetened)
  • ¼ C Orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 T Orange zest
  • ¼ C Walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bake walnuts on a baking sheet placed on the highest shelf, for 3-4 minutes or until lightly toasted, being very careful not to burn them.
  3. Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons coconut over the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish.
  4. Into a food processor, add dates, protein powder, orange juice and zest.
  5. Process until coarsely chopped for about 30 seconds.
  6. Test the date mixture to see if it compresses easily in your hand. If too dry, add slightly more juice.
  7. If too wet, add more protein powder.
  8. Firmly press date mixture over coconut, covering bottom of dish.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon coconut and the toasted walnuts, gently pressing into dates with parchment paper.
  10. Cut into 2-inch squares, or as desired.
Recipe by My Sweet California Life at