homemade protein bars

This recipe for protein bars was totally new for me as I generally don’t consider myself a baker or treat maker. Mostly because it seems to be more of a science (you need exact amounts of ingredients) whereas I like to experiment and throw together flavours I think will work! BUT I have great news for you – these are healthy, full of protein, require NO BAKING and there is room to play around with ingredients. OH and the best part they taste like sweet treat! I’m in ­čÖé

I was inspired to come up with a recipe for protein bars because a) I love snacks and b) if I am looking for one I usually opt to buy one from a coffee shop, grocery store or where ever else I can get something quick easy and hopefully healthy. The problem is…

Well there are two:

  1. A lot of granola and protein bars have a TON of sugar in them – kinda eliminates the purpose of a healthy snack.
  2. The healthy, low-sugar ones I found can range from $3-4 bucks

SO I figured why not create a recipe for protein bars where I know exactly what is going into my body and save money in the meantime. Little did I know I would come up with something even better than what I BUY!

I promise you won’t regret trying out this recipe – in fact good luck stopping yourself after the first bar ­čśë

Here is what you will need:

This recipe was inspired by My Darling Vegan – but I made a few tweaks. I consider this to be my simple version, I’ve also come up with another recipe that adds a few more ingredients which I share at the bottom!

Here is what I used:

1/2 cup oats ( I use Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats)
1 cup Chocolate Shakeology Powder

side note: (other alternative is 1/2 cup protein powder & 1/4 cup cocoa powder. I happened to have chocolate flavoured Shakeology on hand which is the best of both worlds, so I used it instead!)
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
┬Ż cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats or granola (pulse in food processor)
┬╝ cup shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
water as needed (up to ┬╝ cup)
2 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
food processor

homemade protein bars

To begin, pulse your oats in the food processor until they are a flour like consistency. Mix in the Shakeology powder (or protein powder + cacao powder) and pulse to blend the mixture. Get a large bowl and pour this mixture in then add the remaining ingredients (only about 1/2 water recommended at this point). You can do an initial stir with a spatula BUT you will need to dive in there with your hands to get the best mixture. After an initial mix you can add more water- because of all the dry ingredients you need the liquid to bring everything together.

homemade protein bars

Once you have the mixture ready, get a piece of parchment paper and lay it on a flat surface. Add the mixture and flatten with hands or spatula. Then take another piece of parchment paper and roll out the mixture to about a half inch thickness.

homemade protein bars

Then with your hands, shape it into a square so that you can cut it into even rectangle or square bars.

Finally, (and this is the hard part but worth the wait) let them sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours. I usually make them at night so I let it sit over night while I sleep and then cut into portions in the morning.

Wrap individually and then take it to go for breaky or a snack!! SOOOOOO YUMMY you’ll be tempted to have it for both ­čśë

OTHER RECIPE:

Here is my other version that requires a few more ingredients.  I starred the ingredients that are additions from the first.

1/2 cup oats ( I use Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats)
1 cup Chocolate Shakeology Powder
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
┬Ż cup chopped walnuts (you can also use walnuts)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds ***
1/3 cup almond slivers ***
┬╝ cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons almond butter (or peanut butter) ***
1 tablespoon coconut oil ***
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
food processor

Follow the same directions as above. The only added step here is to melt the almond butter and coconut oil together in a pot (only takes about 1-2 minutes). Then mix it with all of your other ingredients once they have been mixed together! Let me know if you have any questions!

homemade protein bars