No-Bake Chewy “Better Than Store Bought” Protein Bars

KristineGluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks27 Comments

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Simple…and delicious. That’s the best way to describe these No-Bake Chewy “Better Than Store Bought” Protein Bars. I gave my husband one for work. That night, he came home and said, “Those protein bars were so good! Better than the store-bought ones”, hence the name. They are pretty mammoth sized bars, so 1 would definitely fill up an adult.  They could easily replace a meal.

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If you prefer, you could make 12 bars out of this recipe, and cut the nutritional info in half. If you prefer to make 12 bars, press the mixture into a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan instead. I frequently double the recipe and press into a 9×13 pan.

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However you decide to split them up, it doesn’t really matter. They are delicious any way you cut them 🙂

The kids version of these bars are the No-Bake Kids Protein Bars.


No-Bake Chewy "Better Than Store Bought" Protein Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 6 large bars
  • 1½ cups whey protein, vanilla ( I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle Vanilla)
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp natural smooth peanut butter (or almond butter, or Sunbutter for nut-free)
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • 3 Tbsp honey (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Honey its a honey substitute made with xylitol) Could also use regular honey, nutrition will change
  • 3 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp raisins
  • 20 drops stevia (could omit, but I like the extra sweetness. I used NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia)
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  1. In a large bowl, place in all ingredients (except milk) and stir together.
  2. Add in milk and stir or combine with hands. Mixture will be very sticky.
  3. TIP: If you have a stand mixer, throw everything in and use the dough hook attachment to combine it together. This will save your arms from getting tired.
  4. Lightly spray a loaf pan and press mixture firmly into the pan using a sheet of plastic wrap over top to avoid the mixture from sticking to your hands. If you're making 12 bars, press into an 8x8 square pan.
  5. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to firm them up. They will become less sticky once they are cold. Cut into bars.
  6. If you like, you can take each bar out and place in a small plastic bag and store in the freezer or fridge for grab-and-go. If coming out of the freezer, I like mine thawed out for about 5-10 minutes before eating. Bars can also be stored in the fridge and consumed in about a week.
If you don't like chocolate chips or raisins, sub for whatever you like...dried cranberries, etc. Or omit completely to lower the sugar even further.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 345 Fat: 13 g Carbs: 33 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 168 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 30 g