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A chewy, gooey, chocolatey, no-bake, dairy-free protein bar.

Warning! These bars are definitely gooey. I recommend having a napkin close by to discreetly wipe your hands after you finish it. When mytoddler ate one his whole face and hands were covered in a sweet, sticky mess afterwards, which he delighted in, of course.

You could use powdered egg whites to reduce the stickiness but the cost is expensive in comparison to a carton of pasteurized egg whites. So I think it’s worth putting up with a bit of gooeyness. Speaking of egg white, make sure to use a carton of pasteurized egg whites since this recipe is no-bake. You don’t want to risk food poisoning anyone with raw eggs!

a true copycat recipe

The front package of the RX bar gave me a good starting point since they pretty much spell out the recipe right there. Using that as a starting point and then tweaking the ingredients to match the nutrition info, I nailed the copycat! Check this out:

RX BarCopycat Version
210 calories208 calories
9g fat8g fat
24g carbs27g carbs
6g fibre5g fibre
15g sugar17g sugar
12g protein12.5g protein
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why this RX bar copycat recipe a smart choice

The protein in egg whites is high in what we call “biological value.” First: a little primer on proteins. Proteins are composed of different building blocks called amino acids. A good comparison is the alphabet. Words are composed of a specific order and combination of letters. Likewise, proteins are composed of a specific order and combination of amino acids. During digestion, proteins get broken down to amino acids. The body then uses these building blocks to make the proteins it needs: whether that be muscle tissue, hormones, or immune cells, etc.

So when a protein has high biological value, it contains a similar proportion of essential amino acids to what our body typically needs to use.

Additionally, each bar provides 2 tbsp of nuts. In the nutrition world, we are realizing more and more how much a daily serving of nuts can help prevent heart disease and other chronic conditions. If it were up to me, I’d consider includingnuts and seeds as a separate food group with its own daily recommendation!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations!

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A chewy, gooey, chocolatey, no-bake, dairy-free protein bar.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole dried dates
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup whole cashews
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups pasteurized egg whites
  • coarse salt sea salt or pickling salt

Instructions

  • Place dates into a microwavable bowl

  • Pour water over dates until just covered.

  • Microwave dates until soft and water has evaporated (use 30 second intervals)

  • Pour nuts into food processor and pulse until finely chopped

  • Pour cocoa into food processor. Give it a couple of pulses to mix

  • Pour egg whites into food processor. Pulse until mixed

  • Dump contents of food processor into a bowl

  • Dump softeneddates into food processor

  • Pulse until blended

  • Add in the nut mixture and pulse until blended

  • Line a 9×9 with parchment paper

  • Dump mixture onto parchment and smooth out

  • Sprinkle with coarse salt (sea salt if you prefer)

  • Refrigerate until firm.

  • Cut into 12 bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

Servings: 12 bars

Calories: 171kcal

Author: Jessica Penner, RD

Calories: 208 | Fat: 8g | Carbs: 27g | Fibre: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Protein: 12.5g

For more high protein snack ideas:

  • Chocolate peanut butter protein bars (no-bake)
  • Energy balls (15 different types!)
  • High protein/low sugar afternoon snack ideas

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  1. Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (5)Andrea says

    How much water do you use for dates?

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    • Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (6)Jessica Penner, RD says

      I just pour some over until JUST covered. Thanks for asking for the clarification. I’ve updated the recipe!

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  2. Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (7)Candace Smith says

    I used powdered egg whites , I just guessed 3/4 cup, perfect.

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    • Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (8)Jessica Penner says

      Awesome!!! thanks for letting me know!

      Reply

  3. Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (9)Erin says

    Just made a batch earlier- they have been in the fridge for over 8 hours and are still too soft to cut, much less consider it a bar…… BUT- it does taste delicious.

    I am wondering if there was just too much excess water in the dates from softening them. Will definitely try to recipe again- but for now, I will consider it a healthy “fudge”

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    • Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (10)Jessica Penner says

      Hi Erin, I’m sorry that they were too soft for you to cut! They are a bit on the soft side, I will say that. When this has happened to me I’ve turned them into protein balls instead of bars. And yes, try cutting back on the liquid when softening the dates!

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  4. Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (11)Heather says

    Looks good! Is the powder egg white a 1:1 substitution? Thanks!

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    • Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars (copycat recipe) - Smart Nutrition with Jessica Penner, RD (12)Jessica Penner says

      No, it would be a different formulation as the liquid to solids ratio would be off. Unfortunately I haven’t tested it out with egg white powder. I was going to order some on Amazon but it was so expensive so I stopped myself!

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