Healthy Strawberries and Cream Bars (Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

A quick and easy recipe for homemade strawberries and cream protein bars! Packed with protein and made with wholesome ingredients, these low carb healthy snack bars take less than 15 minutes to whip up! Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free.

Healthy No Bake Strawberries and Cream Protein Bars

 

Strawberries Shortcake Protein Bars

As someone who regularly partakes in weight training and high-intensity exercise, being on top of my protein intake is mandatory. While I do ensure I get adequate amounts through protein shakes and with my meals, I also try to make sure my snacks are high-protein too.

Making my own protein bars has been an easy way to achieve this. On regular rotation are my homemade no bake protein bars, keto protein bars, and white chocolate raspberry protein cookies

When a recent package of freeze-dried strawberries found their way into my kitchen, I knew that I had to make a protein bar with them.

Unlike traditional protein bars, my homemade strawberry ones contain no fillers, artificial sweeteners or added preservatives. It’s a handful of wholesome ingredients. The best part is these no bake bars don’t even need the protein powder in them (but is optional!). 

Healthy (protein packed!) No Bake Strawberries and Cream Snack Bars- 1 Bowl + 10 minutes + Vegan/GF- Tastes like strawberry shortcake! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

Strawberries and Cream Bars Ingredients

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a low carb and high fiber flour. When combined with the other ingredients, yields a soft and dough texture, perfect for a no bake protein bar recipe. 

Almond Butter 

The almond butter helps add some healthy fats, along with a richer texture. You can substitute it for smooth cashew butter or peanut butter (will not be strictly paleo). 

To make this recipe 100% nut-free, you can substitute the almond butter for sunflower seed butter, wow butter or tahini

Keto Maple Syrup

A sticky sweetener is needed to hold the bars together, along with add some sweetness. This sugar free maple syrup is keto approved and low carb.

If you don’t follow a ketogenic diet, you can replace this with pure maple syrup or agave nectar. 

Protein Powder

Protein powder is not necessary, but you can use it for an additional protein boost. Add between 1 -2 scoops, and add extra milk of choice to compensate for it. My preferred protein powder brands are listed here

Milk of choice

Milk (almond, cashew, coconut, etc) is needed to help form the bars together. The amount needed will depend on whether you used protein powder or not, and the brand of coconut flour you use.

Start with 1 tablespoon and add more as needed. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing way more than that. 

Granulated Sweetener of Choice

Depending on how sweet you prefer your no bake bars to be, you may or may not choose to add some extra sweetness. I like to add a few tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener, as my protein powder is unsweetened and I find the maple syrup to not be overly sweet. 

Freeze Dried Strawberries

Adding freeze-dried strawberries adds some strawberry flavor, and doesn’t need any fresh strawberries in them. 

A small amount is only required, as they break up easily. It will have a very negligible carb increase. 

White Chocolate

Chop up a block of keto and sugar free white chocolate to give the bars some ‘cream’ flavor. If you don’t follow a keto or paleo diet, you can use dairy free white chocolate chips

 No Bake Strawberries and Cream Snack Bars- 1 Bowl + 10 minutes + Vegan/GF- Tastes like strawberry shortcake!

 

How to make no bake strawberries and cream bars

Step 1: Line a loaf pan or square pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well.

Step 3: Add your smooth almond butter and keto maple syrup and mix well, until a crumbly texture remains. Using a tablespoon add milk of choice until a thick batter remains.

Step 4: Transfer your strawberries and cream bar batter to the lined pan. Top with freeze-dried strawberries and white chocolate pieces and press firmly into place.

Step 5: Cut into 12 bars and enjoy! 

How to store homemade protein bars

Strawberries and cream protein bars (or protein balls!) will keep at room temperature, however, they are best stored in the fridge. They will keep firm and still be soft and chewy. Protein bars will keep well for up to 4 weeks.

Homemade strawberries and cream bars are freezer friendly and will keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

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Healthy Strawberries and Cream Bars (Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

Easy homemade no bake strawberries and cream bars packed with protein and ready in under 20 minutes! Soft, chewy and doughy bars, made without dairy or sugar! Keto, paleo, vegan. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Add your nut/seed butter of choice and maple syrup and mix until a crumbly texture remains. Using a tablespoon, add milk of choice, one tablespoon at a time, until a thick dough remains. 
  • Transfer the batter to the lined pan. Top with freeze-dried strawberries and white chocolate pieces and press into the bars. Refrigerate until firm. 
  • Once firm, cut into 12 bars. 

Notes

* Start with 1 tablespoon and add more as needed.
** Only add if you prefer sweeter bars. 
 Healthy Strawberries and Cream Bars (Keto, Vegan, Paleo) should be stored in the fridge and will keep fresh for 4 weeks. Bars are freezer friendly and will keep well frozen for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 2% | Vitamin C: 2% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 2%

 

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78 thoughts on “Healthy Strawberries and Cream Bars (Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

  1. Is there anything you can’t make healthy and no bake? Talent! And no I really don’t like plain cows milk, but I guess luckily for me I was never made to drink it due to lactose intolerance. And lactaid milk is actually sweeter!

  2. I absolutely LOVE the look and sound of those. I want them for breakfast tomorrow, so send them to me yesterday.
    Well, LAST MONDAY Switzerland brought unsweetened Almond Milk to ONE supermarket here in Basel. It’s a historical moment.
    Sunbutter or rice syrup? Maybe in 2021.

  3. I was exactly the same! Cow milk over sugary cereal – count me in. A glass of milk on it’s own – are you kidding me??? This is one of my most vivid memories from the age of 3 maybe when my mum tried to force me to drink a glass of milk. It ended badly… for the carpet 😉
    I am so far to consider ordering almond breeze from amazon. But seriously flying over to the States to buy it myself would be cheaper! Our supermarkets have almond milk in stock but no comparison to almond breeze.
    Okay and now I have to hunt down freeze dried strawberries… never ending story!

  4. I am not a cows milk person. never have been! but I love almond milk. And these sound amazeballs. Short comment today, must dash, but had to say!

  5. The recipe looks great, but I loved the banter about hating milk. I’m in the same camp and we are an almond milk only house :).

  6. I enjoy plain milk a lot actually!
    I never thought I’d have a green thumb. Once even a cactus died in my room… but lately it’s going quite well with the flowers on my apartment! Maybe some of the greeniness (lol?) of my mum did rub off on me! 😀

  7. I can’t remember the last time I drank cow’s milk by itself. I’ve never really liked it either, but ever since I discovered almond milk it’s all I buy. I like the new Silk cashew milk too, but almond is still my favorite.

  8. I’m still chuckling at the thought of Niki making you suffer through breakfast. Nothing like having a sister to help you out, right?? But let’s talk about these strawberries and cream bars. What a fun idea! I’m all about the Blue Diamond almond milk here! You know I am all about the berries this time of the year, so I’m pretty sure I need a pocket full of these bars at all times. I’ll just shove them in my pocket and go about my merry way. They should be good to last me through the day, yes?

  9. soooooooo these just pushed EVERYTHING i was planning on making to the bottom of the list and jumped to the top of the weekend plan. if i can get them pretty and/or long enough all not shoved into my face, expect a tag soon 😉

    and i totally had an obsession with mcdonalds hot cakes and sausage breakfast for too many years. oops.

  10. Salivating (and laughing) as I scroll down your post. I always feel somehow connected to Niki because we are both persian, share the same name, and both spell our name the acceptable way which no one EVER knows how to spell (not nikki, or nicki, or nicky).
    Milk and I have never bonded 100%, but gimme a good cake and cookie with it and I think I can manage ;).

  11. I NEVER drink dairy milk on its own. The whole concept totally grossed me out. Even as a kid. My parents didn’t even bother trying to get me to drink it. I love almond milk, though!

  12. UGH! I had the same exact problem, except my mom would force me to drink a glass of grape juice every morning with my cereal. And if we ran out of my grape juice and I ha to drink my sister’s orange juice OH LAWDEE. I’ve never really been a juice fan, but grape was the only one I could choke down without my face entirely shrinking up. My tactic was to always run to the bathroom to brush my teeth after my cereal so that my excuse would be that “juice tastes gross with toothpaste mouth”.

    It never worked.

  13. You know – it is a good thing we share a love of chocolate – because you are gonna wanna throw something at me when I tell you, I LOVE milk – but that stoopid milk doesn’t love me! It get’s me all uncomfortable and well, life’s too short for that, so I stick to lactose free milk or almond or cashew milk – but it has to be like skim milk – watery – weird right?! Actually, now I am thinking a glass would go well with one of these bars! And woa – double (almond)milk glasses raised in toasting the fact that these lovelies are vegan, dairy free, and gluten free! Awesome recipe Arman! Hp[e you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. I love the touch of strawberry pink in these lovely bars! I never grew up liking milk or drinking milk though thankfully my parents never forced me. I guess there weren’t many fresh milk around while I was growing up in an island. But guess what my mom wanted me to take instead? Fresh tomato juice – so I feel ya, Arman! Until today I won’t drink tomato juice and am not much fan of milk either! 🙂

  15. Poor little Arman gagging down his cow’s milk! Is it bad that the image cracks me up?

    These bars though… YAAAAS. I love anything strawberries and cream. They kind of remind me of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars? Mmm.

  16. I was never a milk person either, still don’t really consume much. I buy almond milk for baking, and the bowl of cereal I eat once every blue moon, but that’s it. These are enough to have me buying every carton in the store though. Yum.

  17. I used to sit at the table for an hour every night, arms folded stubbornly across my chest, refusing of course to eat the main protein/meat dish. Ha! Eventually, my parents would cave and let me slide on the meat so long as I drank my milk, which was warm by this point. Awful so I can relate.

  18. These look amazing!! YUM! Kinda like strawberry Quest bars… but Vegan (perf for me being dairy free)! …and I’ve drank almond milk from the cartoon as well!! It’s just so good!!

  19. I totally fed the house plants milk too when I didn’t want to drink it! The problem was, the plant didn’t like it and I forgot about it so it started molding and began to stink. That was a really bad decision. I usually get vanilla almond milk to put on my cereal but the plain is great as in cream sauces, mac and cheese or with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I also cannot argue with that long shelf life!

  20. These look like a great healthy alternative to the chocolatey granola bars I usually go for from Trader Joe’s. I actually love milk, but have to give it up because it has been the culprit behind my breakouts lately. Thanks for the recipe! Any idea on how many calories are in a bar?

    xx Yasmin

  21. These look great but noticed you used homemade strawberry chia jam. Very interested in that too. Could you share that recipe?

  22. Hi! Would yoghurt drops work rather than White choc? I have given up chocolate for lent but really want to make these 🙂

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