No-Bake Hemp and Chia Protein Bars

April 29, 2015

in Gluten Free, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

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As you can tell, I’m in the midst of a hemp seed and chia seed obsession right now. Don’t you hate when you have a special ingredient for a recipe, use it once, then have no idea what to do with the rest? Me too! That’s why I’m creating some more recipes for you with chia seeds and hemp seeds so I can show you how versatile these little nutritional powerhouses really are!

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Since we’re on the topic of chia seeds, some other recipes I have that contain them are the Sugar-Free Raspberry Chia Seed Jam, Banana Chia Seed Muffins, No-Bake Chocolate Orange Chia Protein BarsChocolate Chia Energy Balls, and the Easy Lemon Chia Pudding. I’ve started working with hemp seeds more recently as well, so you’ll find those in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Protein Balls.



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These bars came together super easy and since all you do is press them into a pan, they really only take about 15 minutes to make.

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As with all my other protein bars, I keep mine stored in the freezer as I find they taste the freshest that way. These don’t get completely frozen, so they can be enjoyed almost immediately out of the freezer. Just layer them with parchment paper in your sealed contain and you’re good to go! You can also individually wrap them as well.

No-Bake Hemp and Chia Protein Bars
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 16 bars
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup whey protein, vanilla (I used Whey Gourmet Vanilla)
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup honey (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Honey)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup almond butter (could also use peanut butter or sunflower seed butter for nut allergy)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, whey protein, chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax. Stir until combined.
  2. In the same bowl, add in the almond butter, honey, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. Mixture will be on the wet side. Pour mixture in a 8x8 pan and allow to set in the fridge until completely cooled. Mixture will harden up once it gets cold.
  4. Remove from fridge, cut into 16 squares. Can be stored in the fridge for just over a week, or place in the freezer and they will last for a few months at least. They taste great directly from the freezer.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 208 Fat: 13.6 g Saturated fat: 4 g Carbs: 16 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 5.5 g Protein: 10.3 g Cholesterol: 12 mg


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  • Kelcey1

    Why do they have whey protein and oats 🙁

  • John Starking

    Point of clarification: is that a half cup of flax seeds before or after being ground up?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hey John! The recipe calls for 1/4 c ground flax. Hope that helps!

  • Vera

    These look great! Do you think VitaFiber would work instead of honey?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes the vitafiber would probably work well in these!

  • Jennifer Kumar, Cross-Cultural

    Can I substitute anything for coconut oil?

    • Jennifer Kumar, Cross-Cultural

      Also can I use whole flaxseed?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes you could sub with any other kind of oil, or melted butter works as well.

  • Liz Fisher

    Thanks for the recipe, Kristine! My partner and I will be enjoying these on our camping and hiking trip this weekend — I’ll think they’ll do just the trick to keep us energized and moving 🙂 To my batch I’ve also added spirulina and vegan cocoa nibs ^__^ Happy, healthy living! Cheers!

    • Liz Fisher

      P.S. They are very, very yummy <3

  • vegan55

    these sound super yummy but the protein to fat ratio seems off. The fat content seems really high with not enough protein. I can eat a quick cup of broccoli and hummus and get the same amount of protein with a fraction of the fat. These would be more of a splurge snack for me if I wanted something sweet but didn’t want to go to far off track.

  • Emily

    I had these today. I only had about 1/4 cup of honey, so I used brown rice syrup instead and they turned out great. So yummy! Thank you 🙂

  • Mel Olson

    These are so freaking delicious!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      YAY! Thanks!!! So glad you like them 🙂

  • Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Oh, these look great, Kristine! I just bought my first bag of hemp seeds last week and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them (other than topping them on my salads and oatmeal). Can’t wait to try these! Pinned. 🙂

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Awesome! Hope you like them!!!

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