These No-Bake Protein Bars are a homemade version of your favorite store-bought peanut butter protein bar, without all the crazy ingredients. They’re the perfect snack after a tough workout.
**Photos updated 12/2017**
As you guys know, I’m not a huge protein powder fan. I don’t drink protein shakes and I only eat protein bars on occasion.
However, I know that a lot of people swear by it. So, this year I decided to whip up some homemade protein bars to give as Christmas present to some friends at the gym!
I had several taste testers for the first batch and they got the seal of approval from everyone… so I decided they were worth sharing with you guys!
*EDITED TO AD: It’s been 3 years since I first shared this recipe and I still make these regularly for my husband and friends. They’re always a hit!*
No-Bake Protein Bars
Here’s how you make them:
No-Bake Protein Bars
These No-Bake Protein Bars are a homemade version of your favorite store-bought peanut butter protein bar, without all the crazy ingredients. They're the perfect snack after a tough workout.
- 1.5 cups oat flour (simply grind oats in food processor)
- 1.5 cups vanilla protein powder (3 heaping scoops)
- 1.5 cups Rice chex cereal
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup honey, depending on sweetness preference
- 2-4 Tbsp water, if necessary
- 3 Tbsp chocolate chips, optional
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, cereal and chia seeds.
- In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, milk and honey.
- Microwave wet ingredients if peanut butter is not liquidy.
- Add liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add water if necessary to make sure all dry ingredients are moistened. (Mixture will be crumbly.)
- Use parchment paper to press the mixture into a 9x9 pan.
- Freeze for 20 minutes.
- Cut into 12 bars. Top with melted chocolate chips if desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Feel free to customize to your liking:
- Sub your favorite nut butter for the pb.
- Try Rice Krispies or another crunchy cereal instead of Chex.
- Eat them plain or just drizzle with chocolate instead of covering the whole top.
- Use unflavored protein powder instead of vanilla, but you may need to increase the honey and decrease the milk.
Added bonus? You can wrap a batch of these up in some pretty paper and ribbons and give them to a friend as a present at Christmas, their birthday, etc!
Hope you like them! Be sure to store them in the fridge – or the freezer if you like them a little colder!
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