3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars

You only need three ingredients and less than five minutes to whip up these healthy 3 ingredient no bake protein bars! Vegan, Gluten, Dairy and Allergy free and perfect for snacking or after a workout!

Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars- You only need three ingredients and less than five minutes to whip up these healthy 3 ingredient no bake protein bars! Vegan, Gluten, Dairy and Allergy free and perfect for snacking or after a workout! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

 

“With your recipes and writing, where do you get inspiration and motivation from?”

This was the question my friend brought up over brunch a couple of weeks ago and it really made me think. For some of us, recipe inspiration may have come from a meal that we ate or our favourite cookie. The motivation to recreate it came from the original not being gluten free. We may get content inspiration from something in the media or a week long world wide focus on it. Our motivation to put pen to paper might be to raise awareness of it through our personal online platforms. Outside of blogging, we might get inspiration from our friends and their choices- For example, buying a house or choosing their ideal vehicle. My friend has had his eyes on the jaguar for the longest period of time after seeing another friend of ours save up and purchase one. He then became motivated to work a second job, smarter financing in order to fulfil his desires. 

Trying to pin point one specific area of motivation or inspiration is impossible- Something I think many writers, bloggers or anyone with a ‘voice’ can agree on. 

3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars- You won't find a more simple recipe than this delicious healthy no bake snack bar- #allergyfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan and ready in 5 minutes! Perfectly customisable! -thebigmansworld.com - @thebigmansworld.com

Let’s take today’s recipe for example. The inspiration for these 3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars was sparked several years ago when I was weight lifting consistently (I will discuss this ‘bodybuilding mentality’ in an upcoming post as part of my ‘era series‘), The gym I was part of offered a complimentary personal training package for all new recruits and I was offered three sessions. The second session with my trainer saw him offer me nutrition advice, the biggest one being ‘eat a balanced post workout snack of protein and carbs’. He recommended me to blend a banana with protein powder and milk but at that time, the thought of smoothies made me want to gag. He suggested a simple bowl of oatmeal with protein powder mixed in.

Protein powder and oatmeal became my standard post workout meal but eventually, university started again and I didn’t have the luxury of microwaving a bowl in the comfort of my home. Instead of resorting to the shakes, I would just combine the oats with protein powder and enough to milk to make a ‘dough‘ and would chow on that straight after the gym and this replaced the oats. 

I then stopped going to the gym and trying to be a body builder. That, my friends, is a story for another day. 

3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars- You won't find a more simple recipe than this delicious healthy no bake snack bar- #allergyfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan and ready in 5 minutes! Perfectly customisable! -thebigmansworld.com - @thebigmansworld.com

However, I still enjoy the balanced snack of a simple 3 ingredient no bake protein bar. I’m borderline ashamed to call this a ‘recipe’ but it’s edible, there are ingredients to it and it’s delicious. Bodybuilder or not, this snack bar is delicious for anyone to enjoy and the best thing is that it literally is THREE ingredients and takes five minutes. What I love most about this protein bar is that it has no dried fruits, nuts or nut butters in it- Something which many homemade protein bars (even some on here) contain. 

Besides being vegan, gluten free, allergy free and completely sugar free (depending on the protein powder you use), they are also perfectly customisable. I had some leftover homemade white chocolate chips from this recipe along with some leftover chocolate chips from this recipe so of course, I choose those as my add ins. Keep it plain Jane or jazz it up with anything you like, have a portable and delicious snack ready in no time. This small batch 3 ingredient no bake protein bar could not be any simpler! 

3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars- You won't find a more simple recipe than this delicious healthy no bake snack bar- #allergyfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan and ready in 5 minutes! Perfectly customisable! -thebigmansworld.com - @thebigmansworld.com

I’m inspired to eat one. I’m also motivated to eat one. 

Just ignore me and go make a batch. 

3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars
You only need three ingredients and less than five minutes to whip up these healthy 3 ingredient no bake protein bars! Vegan, Gluten, Dairy and Allergy free and perfect for snacking or after a workout!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quick oats, divided
  2. 3 scoops flavoured protein powder of choice (30 gram scoops)*
  3. 1/2-1 cup dairy free milk of choice**
  4. Sweetener of choice***
  5. Optional- Add ins of choice (I used dairy free chocolate chips and vegan white chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Line a deep baking dish with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Divide half the quick oats and blend them to a flour.
  3. Combine the oats and protein powder in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed. Stir through your add ins of choice and transfer to baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into bars and enjoy!
Notes
  1. * I recommend using a brown rice vegan protein powder or casein protein powder- You can use whey but mixture will be very sticky.
  2. ** Protein powder brands differ- Add the milk 1/4 cup at a time until a thick batter is formed
  3. *** Only add sweetener if your protein powder is unflavoured or you like extremely sweet bars
  4. Bars can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks or refrigerated for up to a month. I enjoy these frozen and slightly thawed.
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Healthy 3 Ingredient NO BAKE Protein Bars- Seriously, ready in FIVE minutes and so much more delicious than a shake- Adaptable too! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

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Chewy No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars- These #healthy bars take minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree and high protein- The perfect grab and go snack and festive for #StPatrickday - thebigmansworld.com

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No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars- 1 bowl and 5 minutes is all you'll need to whip up these healthy, delicious bars- #vegan #glutenfree #highprotein and no oven required! -thebigmansworld.com

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109 thoughts on “3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars

  1. I am all about the no bake stuff, in my world that is the way to go. Ever since I accidently rented an apartment with no oven (I’m smart like that 😉 ) no bake stuff is something that always appeals. I’ve never had a personal trainer, at my last gym they tried to suck me in and I was like I’m a yogi guys, regimes are so not my thing haha. Having said that I think different stuff works for different people and I know some people love having a personal trainer 🙂

  2. So simple… I haven’t done this already WHY!? I’m usually put off a lot of DIY protein bars because 1) I don’t have any nuts or dried fruits to hand or 2) I don’t want to waste my precious nut butters on anything that prevents me from dipping stuff into it. So, yay!

  3. I definitely prefer to munch on something rather than drink a protein shake. These bars are SO simple, and would be perfect for a post run snack!
    Motivation for me comes from different places. Sometimes one thing will be more motivating than other things depending on what is going on in my life at the time.
    I have never had a personal trainer, and I probably never will. I workout alone 99% of the time, and I think I would get anxious if someone was telling me to run faster, or correct my form…

  4. Water + powder of any sort never appealed to me, so I would much rather have protein powder in bar form like this.
    I absolutely love how you get inspiration from so many different places. McDonald’s, Harry Potter, other blogs, childhood— you’ve got it all! Come to NYC again so we can go be inspired by the Halal Guys food truck.

  5. I have inadvertently done this before, as in waited too long before finishing putting ingredients together to find that certain things had… set…. Like super duper overnight oats, I guess?

  6. Ew to both personal trainers and protein shakes. Ok…I sometimes add vanilla protein powder to oats or something because the almond milk I have is plain and not vanilla. I don’t think I could ever drink it with plain water 🙁 My recipes come from simple laziness. I like things to be quick and tasty. I have no problem taking help from the store and making an amazing sandwich. Sandwich ideas are what I search most frequently on Pinterest. I have made a version of these three ingredient bars before with complete success. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Legggiiiit I went and made these bars before even commenting! I’ve been trying to add more protein to my snacks since my lunches seem to be lacking – these look perfect. I added some cocoa powder & peanuts to the batch and it tastes good so far (well as good as anything protein powder infused can taste ;))! Just sent you a photo….merci for this super easy recipe!

  8. I love how easy these are to make, Arman! Of course, the only protein powder I have in the house is whey, so I’ll have to put on my thinking cap and find a way to prevent the stickiness. Hmm, I don’t suppose dipping them in chocolate ganache would be beneficial to the healthin essence of them. 😉

  9. Agreed! It’s also hard for me to pin point my sources of inspiration. They come from..well everywhere! I just started a Pin board for no bake snacks, and I think your recipes will account for majority of the recipes pinned haha. Here’s another one to add 😉

  10. MAKING RIGHT NOW! yes I am. I told Jason I’d make him some breakfast bars and then THESE are here, so – yep, they are currently setting up in the fridge. THANK YOOOOUUUU

  11. Dear Arman, I know my daughter would really love these! I am going to have to share this with her. It is so easy to make too which I love. Have a wonderful day, Catherine

  12. Yum!! I’m all about adding chocolate to bars. I think you can get inspiration anywhere and everywhere, and nope, I’ve never had a personal trainer. Do YouTube videos count? 😉

  13. These protein bars are exactly what I need to carry with me everywhere. I am really bad about taking lunch with me, so, this would be perfect snack to have. Not to mention, they look super delicious.

  14. Looks good ….

    Roughly how many bars does the following make?
    (1 cup quick oats, divided
    3 scoops flavoured protein powder of choice (30 gram scoops)*
    1/2-1 cup dairy free milk of choice**)

    Thanks.

  15. Thanks for the recipe. I made these with whey protein (all I had) and they came out sticky as you said they would.
    I tried again with Six Star Casein protein and they turned out much better. The bars are a little sticky after refrigerating for 45 min. I love the flavor but wish I could get the consistency better. Any ideas how to get the bars harder?
    Thanks. Steve

      1. Thanks. I’ll try less milk so the dough is even denser.
        I used dark chocolate semi-sweet chips which made it taste awesome

  16. Do you think there could be comparable substitute for the oat flour? I have a lot of allergies, including oatmeal. Thanks!

  17. Thanks for the recipe! Could you tell me the nutritional facts of these bars? You might have stated it but since I’m a skim reader I might have missed it! 😛

  18. Mine just won’t set….been in the fridge for hours. I had no alternative so I used whey protein and cow’s milk. Is there a way to make it set using those ingredients?

  19. I just made these using Orgain Chocolate Protein Powder and they’re comically awful! You weren’t kidding about using a good protein powder haha. I’ll try again with a better one 🙂

  20. Could you make a No Cow bar from D’s Naturals copycat recipe? I love their bars!

    What can I use instead of the protein powder in this recipe? Would almond flour or coconut flour be a good substitute?

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