This recipe for Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Protein Bars makes a healthy post-workout or afternoon snack! They can easily be made paleo and are grain-free.
Meet my new favorite protein bar. I’ve made these 3 times in the past 2 weeks so I’d definitely call them a winner. They’re actually a spin on my Sweet Potato Banana Bites, one of my most popular recipes. I changed things up a bit and made them into bars and added a few extra ingredients, including some protein powder to give hubby another post-workout snack option.
I’ve made them with both chocolate and vanilla protein powder, and with peanut butter and almond butter. Peanut butter and chocolate protein powder is by far my favorite combo….but all are delicious.
The chocolate topping is optional and doesn’t do much but make them look pretty 🙂 You could also mix in some chocolate chips. These aren’t your typical protein bars. They have no flour or oats so they’re kinda chewy but more almost spongy. I made them with yogurt but if you wanted to make them paleo-friendly you could try coconut milk or coconut yogurt.
Here’s how you make them.Print
Sweet Potato Protein Bars + 6 Healthy Ways To Eat Sweet Potatoes
Gluten-free, grain-free protein bars that make the perfect post-workout snack.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 8 bars 1x
- 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato (approx 2 medium)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup nut butter
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt (I used whole milk)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
- Optional: chocolate chips to melt and drizzle.
- Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. (For a completely smooth batter you could use a blender but I just mash everything with a fork.)
- Add baking powder and protein powder and stir until well combined.
- Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan (line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes.
- Let cool, slice into 8 bars and drizzle with chocolate if desired.
These are super easy and they taste great. I stored mine in the fridge but they’d probably be fine on the counter for a few days, I would just leave them loosely covered, not tightly sealed.
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Now, in case you adore sweet potatoes as much as I do, it’s time to share a few more recipes. It’s recipe group day and you definitely need to check out these 5 other delicious sweet potato recipes from my bloggy buddies!
Sarah took my love for loaded sweet potatoes to the next level:
Black Bean Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Julia may have just created my new fav breakfast:
Sweet Potato Home Fries
Arman made the perfect snack for Squish and me:
Flourless Sweet Potato Muffins
Kylie made the newest addition to my Thanksgiving menu:
Crispy Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks with Maple Vanilla Bacon
Alexis added to my dinner menu for next week:
Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas
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Lenka Istvanova says
OMG – Thank you for this! I’m trying them today!!! I’m a self-proclaimed sweet potato addict who could eat them every day for the rest of my life. As an ultra-runner I use my sweet potatoe brownies
These all look amazing! Just a heads up the link to the black bean sweet potato is broken.
rachel @ Athletic Avocado says
Adding sweet potatoes to protein bars is a great idea! i bet that they give the bars a nice chewy texture and natural sweetness too, pinned 🙂
Dieititan Jess says
Just stocked up on sweet potatoes so this months recipes are perfect timing! Sounds like a unique different kind of bar- interested to try!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
you’re so creative!
Heather Mason @NuttyNutrition says
I love a good whole foods protein bar, these looks awesome Lindsay!
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
Totally genius! And I’m seriously loving the chocolate drizzle. I keep hearing that SP and chocolate is an amazing combo, but I have yet to try it!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
So rude. You conveniently forgot to bring me some on Sunday.
Sarah Grace says
ummm, the chocolate peanut butter combo with these bars sounds RIGHT up my alley! I love love love making homemade bars every week as snacks, so I’ll have to try these out Lindsay 🙂
Lokness @ The Missing Lokness says
I have never seen any protein bars made from sweet potatoes. Very creative recipe!
I just shared these with one of my challenge groups and plan to try them this weekend- they look awesome!
Yum, these look delicious!! Totally inspired me to make a sweet potato recipe of my own. Pinned for later to try these out 🙂
Josefine @ Sprouted Fig says
These bars look so good! I love finding new protein bars. And the rest of your little recipe collection here looks fantastic too
Amelia @ Eating Made Easy says
You are an animal with all your recipe development! And every single post that comes to my inbox looks delicious enough to add to the must-make list. These are so unique & would be perfect on-the-run. Keep up the good work, girl!
Christine Szalay-Kudra says
If you don’t mind me asking I know you used peanut butter but what about using almond butter a bit healthier I think? The whole family loves sweet potatoes and I am sure this will make a great after school snack for the kids. I’m wondering about using strawberry protein powder and mixing in some chopped dried strawberries of dehydrated cranberries. Maybe some chopped nuts. Have you ever tried that? Or am I totally off base with that one?
Thanks for sharing,
Um … So I’ve made this twice in the last two days. You could say I’m a fan.
yay! i’m so glad!
Made this, this morning…Must say I was really impressed with the way it came out! Great recipe you have here!! I did have to leave in for 25 minutes because my protein powder absorbed the liquid differently. Checked it every few minutes after the 13 minute mark. Very pleased with the end result!
so glad you liked them!
Jill Lawrence says
Dying to try the sweet potato protein bars. do you have nutrition information… fats proteins sugar calories Etc
i don’t, sorry!