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Crunchy Protein Bars

These crunchy protein bars combine brown rice cereal and rolled oats with honey, coconut, peanut butter and protein powder for a delicious, healthy snack that tastes just like the Luna Bars! Gluten-free, dairy-free + perfect for meal prep!
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Bars and Balls
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crunchy protein bars
Servings: 10 bars



  • Add cereal and oatmeal to a small food processor and pulse a few times until the cereal is chopped up. Don’t process it too much or else you’ll end up with flour!
    Cereal and oatmeal after being blended in a food processor.
  • Place cereal and oat mixture in a large mixing bowl and add in the coconut, protein and cocoa powder.
    Cereal and oat mixture in a large mixing bowl with coconut, protein and cocoa powder.
  • Add the honey, peanut butter, coconut oil and vanilla to a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir mixture and heat until everything is melted and combined, about 2 minutes.
    Honey, peanut butter, coconut oil and vanilla melted in a sauce pan.
  • Pour over the dry ingredients and stir very well, making sure to coat everything.
    Wet ingredients poured over dry ingredients and incorporated together.
  • Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Really press it down! Place bars in the freezer to set up for at least an hour before cutting.
    Bar mixture pressed into a lined 8x8 baking dish.
  • Once bars are firm, add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a medium sized microwave safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals until melted.
    Chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl.
  • While chocolate is melting, cut mixture into 12 even bars.
    After being set, the bar mixture is removed from the pan and cut into 12 equal squares.
  • Once chocolate has fully melted, dip the bottom of each bar into the chocolate and place on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment or wax paper. Drizzle the top of the bars with chocolate and chill in the fridge or freezer until chocolate has set.
    Squares dipped in chocolate and then drizzled over with a spoon.



Serving: 1 bar | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g