Easy Protein Bars
Published Feb 26, 2024
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Packed with 12 grams of protein each these no-bake protein bars are delicious and super easy to whip up. They’re the perfect snack to meal prep for the week.
Why I Love These Protein Bars
- Protein-packed – Each bar is loaded with 12 grams of protein.
- Easy to make – These bars require less than 10 minutes of prep time and just one bowl to whip up. Plus, they’re no-bake, so there’s no need to turn on your oven!
- Healthy – Many store-bought protein bars are loaded with preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other questionable ingredients, but these homemade protein bars are naturally sweetened and made with only 8 real-food ingredients.
// ★★★★★ Review //
“I am addicted to this protein bars. I’ve made them already three times and now I have it always in my fridge for a snack or quick dessert. Thank you!” – Marina
You only need 8 simple pantry staple ingredients to make these protein bars! I bet you already have most, if not everything in your kitchen right now. Here’s what you need:
- vanilla protein powder – you’ll need a plant-based vanilla protein powder for this recipe. I’ve tested it with Sun Warrior and Nuzest and I highly recommend one of these brands. You can use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your Nuzest order.
- oat flour – use store-bought or make homemade oat flour. I wouldn’t swap the oat flour with another flour as I’ve only tested this recipe with oat flour.
- salt – omit if your peanut butter has salt.
- natural creamy peanut butter – you want to use natural, drippy peanut butter not a thick peanut butter spread. Look for a peanut butter with just one or two ingredients, the nuts and salt. I love Crazy Richard’s creamy peanut butter. Feel free to use almond butter or a seed butter in place of the peanut butter if needed.
- honey – this natural sweetener holds the bars together and gives the bars a subtle sweetness. Maple syrup will work as a substitute.
- coconut oil – you want this to be in its liquid state when you measure it!
- vanilla extract – a delicious flavor enhancer.
- chocolate chips – I recommend Lily’s chocolate chips because they have zero sugar added.
How to Make Protein Bars
These protein bars are so easy to whip up. You just need one bowl and less than 10 minutes of prep time. The hardest part is waiting for the bars to chill in the fridge!
Step 1: In a medium mixing bowl combine the protein powder, oat flour, salt, peanut butter, honey, vanilla and coconut oil. Use a spoon or your hands to mix together. If the dough is too dry, add more coconut oil, 1 teaspoon at a time.
Step 2: Stir in the chocolate chips. Press the dough into a lined loaf pan and top with additional chocolate chips. Let the bars chill in fridge for at least one hour before cutting. Once chilled, remove the pan from the fridge and cut into 6 equal-sized bars. Enjoy!
- Use the right protein powder: Make sure to use plant-based protein powder for this recipe. Don’t use whey protein powder as it doesn’t soak up as much liquid and will change the consistency of these bars.
- Mix dough with hands: The dough will be quite thick after combining all the ingredients so I suggest mixing it with your hands to ensure everything gets evenly mixed together.
- Add more liquid as needed: If your dough is too dry/crumbly you can add more melted coconut oil or water, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Peanut-free – Have a peanut allergy? Use almond butter or cashew butter instead.
- Nut-free – Swap the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter or tahini.
- Gluten-free – Make sure you’re using gluten-free oats or oat flour.
- Vegan – Make sure you’re using vegan chocolate chips and swap the honey for maple syrup.
- Low-sugar – Use monk fruit sugar free maple syrup instead of honey
How to Store Protein Bars
- In the fridge: Store these protein bars in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.
- In the freezer: These protein bars can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, let them thaw in the fridge before eating.
More Protein Snacks
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
- Strawberry Protein Muffins
- Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
- Double Chocolate Protein Muffins
- Protein Chia Pudding
- Blueberry Protein Muffins
Be sure to check out my full collection of snack recipes here on EBF!
- ¼ cup plant-based vanilla protein powder, I used Nuzest
- 1 cup oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt, omit if peanut butter has salt
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter, or almond butter
- ¼ cup honey, or maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil, plus more if needed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-4 Tablespoons chocolate chips, plus more for topping
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine protein powder, oat flour and salt.
- Add in peanut butter, honey, vanilla and coconut oil. The dough will be quite thick. I suggest combining the dough with your hands. If it’s still too dry add more melted coconut oil or water, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Mix in chocolate chips with hand or spoon.
- Press dough into a lined loaf pan and add more chocolate chips on top. Press the chips in with your hands.
- Let bars chill in fridge for at least one hour before cutting.
- Remove bars from the fridge, cut into 6 equal-sized bars and enjoy.
- Bars will last about one week in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Peanut butter: any natural, drippy nut butter should work. You can try almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.