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Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Protein Bark & Cookbook Giveaway!

Posted in Book Review, Desserts, Favourites by janet @ the taste space on November 9, 2013

Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Protein Bark

How do you feel about ridiculously easy recipes? Love them? Hate them?

I wanted to call this a 2-ingredient ridiculously easy chocolate protein bark but

While it could be as easy as mixing 2 (or 3) ingredients together, it is not altogether a 2-ingredient recipe. One of the ingredients is made up of a bunch more. I would hate to mislead you.

My photos will not deceive you, either. Almost psychedelic, the protein bark morphs from a light beige to a darker brown on the other side. Courtesy of the not-quite truthful ingredient: chocolate protein powder.

Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Protein Bark

The simplicity of this treat is simply chocolate protein powder and maca stirred into melted coconut oil which is left to freeze. Protein powders, especially the flavoured varieties, tend to include a bunch of ingredients that may contribute to the different settling rates that occur as it freezes. Or perhaps it is the maca, which is a lighter colour.

I will save my rant about protein powders for another day, but suffice it to say, my preference lies within simple, natural protein powder without any flavours or sweeteners. In times when the expensive Vega chocolate protein miraculously goes on sale, that is when I may try out something new… and then bust out these treats. Just make sure you pick a chocolate protein powder in which you enjoy its taste.

This recipe is courtesy of Amber from Practically Raw Desserts. I have mentioned her cookbook before,  gushing over her light raw carrot cupcakes and inherent flexibility to her recipes. I really enjoy her cookbook  because through her variations, you learn how to cook (or bake, or unbake as in this case). She has lower fat options, grain-free, nut-free, lower sugar and baked options, depending on the recipe. Some of my favourite recipes from her cookbook include this chocolate protein bark as well as protein power pudding, individual cherry crumbles, raw pecan shortbread cookies, goji berry granola bars, jingle balls and cherry-carob bars. My only gripe about the book are the photos. When compared to some other books, like Isa Does It (with gorgeous photography that I forgot to highlight in my review), they are lacklustre. While there are a lot of colour photos, the colours are off and framing could be improved (yes, says the one with the oddest photos for this post, HA!). At least the recipes are great and that is what counts.

Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Protein Bark

I really want to share this cookbook with you, especially as the holiday treat season gears up (share the vegan baketivism this season!). Thankfully the publisher is letting me give a cookbook to one reader living in the United States. To be entered, please leave a comment here, telling me about your favourite Amber recipe. If you haven’t made anything by Amber yet, have a look through the table of contents of Practically Raw Desserts on amazon (or my list below) or pick something from her blog and tell me what you want to cook the most. I will randomly select a winner on November 21, 2013. Good luck!

Other recipes from Practically Raw Desserts shared online (and other reviews listed here):

Superfood Snackers
Cocoa Crunch Clusters
Enlightened Raw Carrot Cupcakes (LOVED these!)
Devil’s Food Cupcakes
Coconut Heaven Cupcakes
Marzipan Buckeye Bars
Maple Streusel Coffee Cake Squares
Pecan Chai Spice Bars  (only ok; I found the flavours a bit muted and the frosting too soft)
Pecan Shortbread (very good)
Salted Tahini Caramels
5-Minute Blondies (nice and simple)
Dulce de Leche Spooncream
Velvety Chocolate Mousse
Russian Tea Cakes
Tuxedo Cheesecake Brownies
Linzer Torte
Tropical Fruit Tartlets

This is my submission to this month’s Pantry Party for quick foods and this month’s Dead Easy Desserts.

PS. Have you entered my worldwide giveaway for Plant-Powered 15 yet?

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from Amber as I was a recipe tester.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Protein Bark
Courtesy of Practically Raw Desserts

1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup chocolate-flavored nondairy protein powder of choice (I used Vega sport chocolate protein)
1 teaspoon mesquite or maca powder (optional)
Stevia to taste (or equivalent sweetener of choice)
Cacao powder, as desired

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, chocolate protein powder, and mesquite or maca (if using). Taste for sweetness and flavor—depending on your brand of protein powder, you may want to add a few drops of stevia or a couple teaspoons cacao powder.

Pour the mixture into a 6- to 8-inch square baking pan lined with waxed paper and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Once frozen, break the bark into chunks and enjoy.

Store the protein bark in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.

Yield: 6 servings


Cacao powder: unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder

Vanilla-Almond Protein Bark: Use a vanilla-flavored protein powder and add a few drops of almond extract.

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  1. Brenna said, on November 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I love all things coconut so can’t wait to try the coconut heaven cupcakes!!!

    • Sonja Hilton said, on November 12, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      i grew up with swiss chocolate and marzipan.. so thats marzipan.what Id pick;;;

  2. Shannon Y-I-V said, on November 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I’ve never tried any of Amber’s recipes, but I really like marzipan so those marzipan buckeye bars are jumping out to me!

  3. saniel said, on November 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Have made several recipes from practically raw book kelp noodles pad thai have not gotten to make any desserts but the raw carrots cupcakes sound delicious. Thanks

  4. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom said, on November 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Ummmm what to choose? The coconut heaven cupcakes sound like my kind of treat though – thanks!

  5. Mary Romaine said, on November 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    This is another site I like…….want some chocolate

    Sent from my iPad

  6. […] Win Practically Raw Desserts over at The Taste Space – Giveaway ends Nov. 21st. Open to US residents. […]

  7. Jac and Jenn @ sketch-free eating said, on November 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    The Salted Tahini Caramels sound so good! I live for salted caramel…

  8. Ali Seiter said, on November 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I’d love to try the Pecan Shortbread!

  9. Kate said, on November 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Looks like a great book! I adore raw desserts- I just made a raw cheesecake for visitors today, love it :)

  10. Jennifer said, on November 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    My absolute favorites are the five minute blondies — they’re incredible!

  11. Linda said, on November 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    My kids clamor for cupcakes and brownies, so that would be my first attempts. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  12. raechel said, on November 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Oh my goodness, the maple streusel coffee cake squares look and sound so good! Thanks for the giveaway! (and your protein bark sounds great too. love simple recipes :))

  13. jacquie said, on November 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    the coconut heaven cupcakes look great.

  14. Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia said, on November 9, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    i’ve only ever made amber’s 5 minutes blondies but would love to try the carrot cupcakes with the apple cashew frosting that you love so much. also, on another note i don’t know if you’ve seen this but vega just recalled a ton of products – click on lot codes. just a heads up.

  15. Nicole O'Donahue said, on November 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I want to make the Salted Tahini Caramels. They sound soooo good!

  16. Joanne said, on November 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I don’t do many ridiculously easy recipes, but I do love them and am eternally grateful for them on some days! This bark sounds fabulous!

  17. Jenny said, on November 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Tuxedo cheesecake brownies!

  18. rika@vm said, on November 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I would love to make the Russian Tea Cakes & Tuxedo Cheesecake Brownies including the Salted Tahini Caramels. All of them sound lovely!

  19. Lydia Claire said, on November 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I love marzipan so I really want to make the Marzipan Buckeye Bars!

  20. Emily Lynn (@emily__lynn) said, on November 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I’d love to make the Dulce de Leche spoon cream!

  21. Corrine said, on November 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    The Dulce de Leche Spooncream sounds amazing!

  22. needledd said, on November 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I would love to make the coconut heaven cupcakes!

  23. Jess C said, on November 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Dulce de Leche Spooncream, oh myyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. bankruptvegan said, on November 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    All of the cupcake recipes look amazing, and that chocolate mousse recipe is definitely calling my name!!

  25. Yen Parrott said, on November 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I’ve never tried any of Amber’s recipes, but OMG those Marzipan Buckeye Bars look and sound incredible! I’ll definitely be making some for the holidays. Lol…actually, I may not wait.

  26. Donna F. said, on November 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Coconut butter fudge sounds amazing!

  27. Adele said, on November 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I would love to try the Velvety Chocolate Mousse!

  28. thepeacepatch said, on November 12, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Blueberry Dream Pie sounds superyumful…I love everything blueberry!

  29. Michaela said, on November 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Her cake batter balls which also due protein powder

  30. Laura said, on November 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Tuxedo Cheesecake Brownies?! Yes, PLEASE! Haven’t made anything specific of hers but definitely liked reading her blog. Hoping she’ll be back blogging soon!

  31. Gaby said, on November 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I’m somehow always late in figuring out this is a giveaway post and I need to comment haha. I have actually made the enlightened carrot cake too, but wasn’t that impressed. It wasn’t bad, more like carrot pudding and not like the cake I was expecting. I think I ended up baking it which made it a little better but still a warm carrot mush. I’d like to try the russian tea cakes!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on November 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Oh, sorry to hear about the carrot cake fail, I really liked them and they weren’t pudding-like. I suspect the coconut flour was to blame. Some absorb more than others. Which brand did you use?
      Also, regarding the giveaways, I always put it in the subject header although lengthy titles may push it form being front and center. They are meant to be thank you gifts for my readers, so I don’t mind too much if the masses don’t find them easily. ;)

  32. […] PS. Other giveaways I am sharing right now: Plant-Powered 15 and Practically Raw Desserts. […]

  33. Beth said, on November 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I LOVE Amber and I LOVE her recipes! the salted tahini caramels are one of my faves!

  34. Jan Scholl said, on November 15, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    As long as it doesn’t have chocolate in it, I am good to go. Those salted caremels sound decent.

  35. bitt said, on November 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    5 minute blondies

  36. debbie jackson said, on November 16, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Coconut heaven cupcakes sound great to me.
    roddjackson at hotmail dot com

  37. Sarah, Maison Cupcake said, on November 18, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Sounds very more-ish! I might snack on this too much! Thanks for entering to Dead Easy Desserts!

  38. Monica Mansfield said, on November 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I’m dying to make those Lemon Love Cupcakes!

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  40. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said, on November 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    What a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I love the happy colors too!. I’m so glad you shared it with Raw Foods Thursdays.

    And I would LOVE to win this book. First thing I would make would be New York Cheesecake. I thought that would be appropriate considering my new residence!

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  44. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on December 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I don’t have any chocolate protein powder at the moment, but this seems like a time to try my vega vanilla powder :)

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