An easy 5-minute recipe for no bake protein bars, made with few ingredients and no peanut butter! Soft, chewy and perfect before or after a workout!
No Bake Protein Bars Recipe
We love our homemade protein bar recipes on here. We’ve had our mint chocolate chip protein bars, easy no bake protein bars, and cinnamon roll protein bars.
The inspiration for these 4 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars was sparked several years ago when I was weight lifting consistently.
The gym I was part of offering 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, the 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, almond butter, maple syrup 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.
Naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free, these easy no bake protein bars take less than 5 minutes to make!
Homemade Protein Bars Ingredients
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
- Almond butter
- Pure Maple Syrup
- Protein Powder
I have definitely tried this recipe with several other options, and can vouch for the following-
Gluten-Free Rolled Oats– You can substitute the oats for quinoa flakes or even quick oats. Be sure to add a little extra of either you use, otherwise your protein bars will be too soft.
Almond Butter– Almond Butter can be substituted with peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or tahini.
Pure Maple Syrup– For non-strict vegans, you can use honey or agave nectar.
Protein Powder– Check out my shop page for all my tested recommendations.
How to make easy protein bars
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your rolled oats and protein powder and mix well.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your peanut butter and maple syrup and mix well, until combined.
- Combine your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. If the batter is a little too crumbly, add a dash of milk.
- Transfer your protein bar mixture into the lined pan and press firmly into place. If desired, top with extra chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, to firm up.
When to eat protein bars
There are so many misconceptions about when is the best time to eat protein bars. Honestly, these homemade protein bars can be enjoyed any time of the day- after a workout, as a snack between meals or even several eaten for breakfast!
Storing protein bars
Homemade protein bars should be stored in the fridge, as they will remain soft and chewy the entire time.
Refrigerated protein bars will keep fresh for up to 1 month.
You can freeze leftover protein bars to enjoy at a later date. Wrap each bar in parchment paper and place in a ziplock bag.
Frozen protein bars will keep for up to 6 months.
Easy No Bake Protein Bar Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1-2 scoops protein powder of choice See SHOP page for options
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup can substitute for agave nectar or brown rice syrup
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips of choice Optional, to melt over the top
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your protein powder and rolled oats and mix well.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, heat up your almond butter with your syrup and heat until warm. Whisk together.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix very well, until combined. If the batter is too crumbly, add a little milk to thin out.
- Transfer the protein bar batter into the lined pan and press firmly into place. Refrigerate until firm, and slice into bars. Drizzle with optional chocolate, if desired.
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.
Yum!! These look so tasty and easy to make! You def need quick oats as opposed to old-fashioned, yes?
Hey buddy! I’d recommend quick oats as they stick better but old fashioned, just add more liquid 🙂
Looks great.. gonna try this. I guess i’ll use honey or maple syrup. 🙂
Go for it, Nisha! Ps- I might have some exciting news soon- Keep your fingers crossed 😉
I am so making these! Thanks for sharing!
Please do- They are delicious Trish!
Oh wow.. Looks like I know what I’ll be making this weekend!
You’re welcome to come over for a fresh batch 😉
I have just the perfect amount of these ingredients to use up before heading back home to Ohio. Will be enjoying these before the day is over…you are amazing! Thanks ever so much.
Yes! Please do, so simple and so delicious!
These look delicious! You recommend brown rice protein – does it have to be vegan? Thanks!
As long as it isn’t a whey protein, your good to go Rebecca 🙂
Thanks for finally talking about >3 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars <Loved it!
Dear Arman, such an easy treat to whip up. I love it! I’m going to need these to get through the day. Take care my friend, Catherine
Thanks so much, Catherine! 🙂
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**)
Hmm… I made abut 6 bars for myself because I like having around 1/2 scoop of protein powder as a mini snack but if I’m hungry I can easily divide the mixture into 2 using those specific measurements!
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?
Hi Steve! I’ve tried six star before- I found with that brand, I needed more coconut flour- That would be the best solution 🙂
Hi Steve! I’d recommend upping the oats a tad and adding just enough milk 🙂
Thanks. I’ll try less milk so the dough is even denser.
I used dark chocolate semi-sweet chips which made it taste awesome