5 High-Protein, Gluten-Free Vegan Snacks With Just 5 Ingredients

May 14, 2020

I really enjoy baking but I don’t like that some recipes require ingredients I have never heard of and that I probably will never use again. I prefer my recipes to be simple and easy, yet delicious. This is where these 5 protein-packed gluten free, vegan snacks with just 5 accessible ingredient come in quite handy. Bon appétit!

1. Chocolate Mousse


  • 1 cup (200g) pitted dates
  • 1.5 cups (400ml) coconut milk
  • 4-5 tablespoons cocoa powder (depends on how rich you want it to be)
  • 1/8 cup (30g) protein powder (I use vanilla or banana)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional toppings: vegan whipped cream, berries, banana, chocolate chips, nuts


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.
  2. Serve right away or store in fridge for an hour or two to let it become more stiff.

Note: If you eat it directly it is more like pudding. Store it longer and it becomes more like mousse. I like to eat it the next day.😊chocolate mousse

2. Flourless Banana Muffins 2 Ways (Chocolate & Blueberry)


  • 7 medium sized ripe bananas
  • 1 cup (160-170g) nut butter of choice (I love it with peanut butter)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup (50-60g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (50g) blueberries
  • protein powder (not necessary, to taste)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Mash the bananas in a big bowl.
  3. Add the peanut butter and incorporate it well.
  4. Separate the mixture into two bowls.
  5. Add cocoa powder in one of the bowls and blueberries in the other.
  6. Pour in muffin molds.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Flourless Muffins

3. Snickers Smoothie


  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1-2 cups (250-500ml) non-dairy milk
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a a high speed blender.
  2. Top with peanuts, chocolate chips or peanut butter.

note: depending on how creamy you want it, add less or more milk.

snicker smoothie 5 ingredient smoothie

4. No-bake Chocolate Almond Date Snack Bar


  • 1.5 cups (150g) raw almonds
  • 1 cup (200g) pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup (150g) Tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon syrup (I use date syrup)
  • 1/2 cup (75g) dark chocolate


  1. Soak the almonds over night (makes it easier to blend them).
  2. Pulse almonds until they are almost completely broken down.
  3. Add dates, tahini and syrup.
  4. Line a squared pan with parchment paper and fill it evenly with the mixture.
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour it onto the dough.
  6. Put it in the freezer until the chocolate hardens.
  7. Cut in bars and serve.
  8. Store in the fridge.

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5. 5-Ingredient Vegan Brownies


  • 2 cups (400g) pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup (120g) peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable or coconut)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • optional: walnuts, chocolate chips, pistachios


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Blend dates until they form a gooey mixture.
  3. Separate the dates a bit and add the water and blend again.
  4. Add the peanut butter, oil and cocoa powder and blend everything until everything is incorporated.
  5. Add optional nuts or chocolate chips and mix shortly.
  6. Pour the dough into a brownie pan and press down evenly.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 10-20 minutes before removing from the pan.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

entire Brownie 5 ingredient brownie

If you are looking for quick snacks with even less ingredients check out my 3 Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegan Cookies With Just 3 Ingredients or my 4 Simple, Gluten-Free, High-Protein Vegan Snacks With Just 4 Ingredients.


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Rebecca Willems
A self-described queer vegan feminist, Rebecca is also trying to live a more zero-waste and minimalist life. During her undergraduate and graduate studies she put a lot of focus on sustainability, LGBTQ+ rights and gender issues across the globe. Having lived on 5 continents in many different cultures and being an avid traveler, she loves to learn about new cultures, learn languages, and try all the amazing vegan food across the world.


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