No Bake Kids Protein Bars

December 24, 2013

in Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes

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Filling a child’s protein needs for the day can be a challenge, especially if they’re a picky eater. My 5 year old doesn’t eat meat, so I’m always looking for sneaky ways to give her extra protein. Children don’t have nearly the same needs as adults when it comes to protein, so that’s why I like this bars geared for kids. Each one of these healthy protein bars has 10 grams of protein, which is perfect for the little ones. My 1 year old will eat half of one, and my 5 year old eats a whole one. Perfect snack for after their activities to fuel those growing muscles!

They taste great, so to be quite honest, 2 of these would also be great for an adult!

The ‘adult’ version of these bars would be my “No-Bake Better Than Store Bought Protein Bars”, which use almost all the same ingredients.

If your kids don’t like raisins or chocolate chips, substitute for whatever add ins they like (dried cherries, cranberries, etc). If they have a peanut butter allergy, use almond butter. Nut allergy? Sunbutter would work great as well.

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If cutting them with the cookie cutter is too much work (it does take a bit of time), you can easily just cut these into 16 bars.  I hope your kids enjoy these as much as mine!

No Bake Kids Protein Bars
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These No-Bake "Kids" Protein Bars are a great way to get your kids extra protein, in a healthy way. These bars are gluten free, refined sugar free, can be nut free & use natural ingredients.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Yield: 16
  • 6 scoops whey protein (30 grams per scoop). Use plain whey, or one naturally sweetened. I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter, smooth
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp mini (or regular) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp raisins (or dried cherries)
  • ½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  1. In a large bowl, add in the whey protein and oats.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter, and mix until it starts to come together.
  3. Add in the honey and vanilla. Continue to stir until it comes together some more. Add in the milk and stir until almost combined. Then add in the chocolate chips and raisins.
  4. Note: Cutting into shapes is more time consuming, so by all means, if you want to skip that and cut into 16 bars, go for it!
  5. Form dough into a 9x9 square pan. Using whatever cookie cutter you want (I used a star), press into shapes and remove with a spatula. I placed all mine in small ziploc bags. Once you cut out whatever you can, press the remaining dough into half of the pan, so it remains the same thickness. Keep cutting shapes and removing the bars and pushing over the dough to one side until you have no dough left.
  6. Store each bar in a plastic baggie and keep stored in the freezer. Can be eaten directly from the freezer. They soften up in a few minutes.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 153 Fat: 6 g Carbs: 16 g Sugar: 8 g Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 10.7 g

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  • Katie

    By any chance, have you tried these with hemp protein powder? I have a little guy with a dairy intolerance so I’m hesitant to use whey protein.

  • Pamela Davignon

    What kind of honey do i use

  • Mindie

    I have a hard time finding whey protein that is shellfish free, any recommendations for someone that has to be nut, peanut, and shellfish free? Thank you!! 😀

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Pure whey isolates typically have shellfish? I would assume if one had added vitamins/minerals it might have it, but a pure protein shouldn’t.

      • Mindie

        Hey Kristine! honestly I never read anything except the “allergen warning” section, everyone I have ever seen mentions shellfish. Sorry I wasn’t clear… My allergy is severe enough that I can’t do anything that could have had contact. If I am wrong I am glad to hear it!!! 🙂

        • Kristine Fretwell

          Oh that’s a bummer. If I were you I would pick a brand that is a form of pure whey isolate, with no additives or vitamins. Then, I would call the company to confirm there was no shellfish. I wouldn’t want to take the risk either. Especially if I had a severe reaction. Another alternative would be the Vega brand of protein. Its vegan, so you’d probably be fine. I’d just double check the label, and call the company if necessary too. Hope you find one you like! 🙂

          • Mindie

            you were totally right! I found some, thank you!!! 🙂

          • Kristine Fretwell

            Yay I’m so glad! Happy baking!! 🙂

  • MarieE

    Have you ever sent this in a school lunch? Wondering how they hold up until lunchtime. Thanks!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hey Marie! I put them in my daughters lunch all the time. While it does get a little soft…it still holds up ok 🙂

  • Lindsay Scratchley

    I just made these! The only changes I made was to use 1% milk and a chocolate whey protein powder. Oh and I did dried chopped cherries, since I’m not a fan of raisins. The result was a bar that tastes like an Eatmore! The kids weren’t too sure, but the hubby and I were really impressed. Thanks!

  • Kim

    Do you think I could use puffed rice in place of oatmeal? I personally love oatmeal, but my daughter thinks it’s gross. =)

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Puffed rice should work, you may just need to play a little with the quantity. Start out with subbing out the amount called for, and add a bit extra if you need to.

  • Kristine

    I love your original no-bake protein bars and my kids will eat them too! I love the idea of using a cookie cutter to make them more kid friendly. I’ve also made “Protein Pops”, using your recipe – I make the dough into balls, roll them in unsweetened coconut, stick a popscicle stick in them and freeze. I also use Wow butter to eliminate the nuts so I can send them to school. Love your recipes! From one Busy but Healthy mom to another!!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Brilliant idea rolling them and making pops! Love it!!! Thanks so much, glad you like the recipes!

  • Kendra Klute Betz

    These were great but so hard to stir up! Do you think it would work mixing it in a mixer or blender of some sort?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Glad you liked them. Yes the dough is a bit tough, you could add a touch more liquid and that should help soften it. Many times, I mix with my hands and that works great! I’d be scared the dough would be too thick for a blender. A stand mixer with the paddle attachment would work though!

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