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Hazelnut Chocolate Bar Delight

These gluten-free and vegan treats created by SmartFit Pilates' resident nutritionist Sofie Bon Foster are as indulgent as a traditional candy bar but so much better for you.

If you're partial to a sugary treat, try these hazelnut chocolate bars instead. They're wonderfully sticky and will satisfy your sweet tooth but as they're made with good-for-you ingredients, won't cause a blood sugar spike. A grown-up chocolate bar, if you will. We love them as a pre-workout snack too.

Hazelnut Chocolate Bar Delight


2 cups (360g) puffed quinoa

1/2 cup (65g) roasted hazelnuts

1 scoop (29g) protein powder (note: we used Welleco Nourishing chocolate protein, which made them even more decadent)

2 tbsp water

2-3 squares dark chocolate (85-99%)

1/2 tsp coconut oil

Optional: splash of vanilla extract, pinch of salt


  1. Blitz the hazelnuts in a food processor/blender until they form a butter-like consistency. Pause to scrape down the sides every minute or so. There’s no need for oil/water – just be patient.

  2. In a large bowl, mix protein powder and water into a syrup consistency. Add the hazelnut butter tbsp by tbsp, stirring until smooth. Add vanilla extract or salt if using.

  3. Slowly add the quinoa, coating it evenly. The mixture should begin to stick together when packed.

  4. Line a rectangular/square container with parchment paper, then pour in the mixture, distributing it evenly. Ensure the mix is tightly packed and the top is flat.

  5. Refrigerate for 60 minutes. After 55 minutes, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave on low (400-600w) for 2 minutes.

  6. Remove the container from the fridge and drizzle the melted chocolate over the top. Return to the fridge until firm, then slice into bars and enjoy!

Each bar contains approx. 188 cals, 9g protein, 17.7 carbohydrates and 9.9g fat.

SmartFit Pilates is a boutique Pilates studio located in Tanglin, Singapore, offering Stott Pilates and functional fitness classes. Learn more about them here.

Sofia Bon Foster is a certified sports nutrition coach, personal trainer and licensed psychologist with a Masters in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.