You only need three ingredients and less than five minutes to whip up these healthy no bake protein bars! No nuts, dried fruits or sticky sweeteners are needed- They are also suitable for those following a vegan, paleo, gluten free and sugar free lifestyle!
I follow a primarily paleo style of eating and refrain (as much as possible) from eating grains. I also try and limit my sugars (both natural and unrefined) but have found it difficult when it comes to snacking. I try and have snacks which provide a good dose of protein but I’ve found many store-bought paleo friendly snack bars to be either full of sugar (dried fruits, maple syrup) and/or primarily healthy fats (nuts, coconut oil). Don’t get me wrong, I find both are perfectly healthy but sometimes, I just want a snack which is high in protein and doesn’t require the need for fruit/nuts.
Reader Kat emailed me this back in 2015.
When I first read it, I was firstly quite surprised. I’d never come across a protein bar on the market which was actually paleo friendly. I’d seen those which were vegan, gluten free, low carb and well….similar to candy bars- but never a paleo one.
I then remembered I was in America.
EVERYTHING is available in America.
After scouting some health food shops and the various online outlets, I soon found that there WERE paleo ‘protein’ bars out there. However, unlike most protein bars I’d personally enjoyed or had come across, these were generally lower in protein (between 6-8 grams VS 20 grams+ for standard bars). Not only that, they were generally quite high in natural sugars and healthy fats.
I could see where Kat was coming from.
While these bars on the market were indeed Paleo friendly (and granted, MUCH cleaner in terms of ingredients that many bars on the market), I wouldn’t personally brand them as a protein bar. I’d also wouldn’t choose them if ‘protein’ was the nutrient I’d be looking at fulfilling. Last year, I shared this recipe for 3 ingredient no bake protein bars. Unfortunately, they weren’t suitable for those following a paleo lifestyle as they contained gluten free oats. I needed a substitute for the oats but something which would still have a delicious chewy texture. I turned to my one and only love child-
My obsession with coconut flour is so strong, I swear I’m more tropical than Australian these days. Okay, maybe not but seriously. If there is one ingredient any loyal reader of TBMW should have on hand, it’s coconut flour. It is without a doubt my most used ingredient and the key reason today’s recipe was able to be created. Because of coconut flour, we have no need to use dried fruits, sticky sweeteners or nuts to bind- These 3 ingredient no bake protein bars need to be made.
These healthy 3 ingredient no bake protein bars are so ridiculously simple to make and taste delicious. They need just three ingredients, five minutes and one bowl and voila- You just wait for them to firm up in the fridge before digging in. Because of their lack of sticky sweeteners and/or nuts, you’ll need to keep these refrigerated. I tried this out with this paleo protein powder, this casein protein powder and this vegan protein powder– They are turned out really well and tasted delicious. egardless of whichever dietary lifestyle you follow, PLEASE make sure you like the taste of your protein powder. If you don’t, I guarantee you will NOT like these bars. Because of the nature of these ingredients, they are totally suitable for all my vegan, paleo, gluten free and sugar free friends!
HACK! While you don’t need any nut butters or sticky sweeteners, I do recommend you add the optional nut butter of choice- It takes the texture to another level.
Make these healthy 3 ingredient no bake protein bars and let’s see those biceps curling.
Okay, that’s just my wishful thinking.
- 1 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 4 scoops flavored protein powder (see suggestions above- around 32-35 grams each)
- 1/2 cup + dairy free milk of choice*
- 1/2 cup smooth nut butter of choice (optional)
- Dairy free chocolate chips (optional)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper, grease it and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour and protein powder and mix well. If using the optional nut butter, add that in now.
- Using a 1/4 cup at a time, at dairy free milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed. Transfer batter to lined baking dish and press firmly in place. Top with optional chocolate chips refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Slice into bars and keep refrigerated.
- You'll most likely need more than 1/2 cup- Adjust accordingly
- Bars are freezer friendly but not recommended to be kept at room temperature.
What do you consider a solid dose of protein in a snack bar/protein bar?
Favorite store bought snack/protein bar?