These healthy no bake white chocolate raspberry protein bars are sweet, tart, soft and chewy and the perfect snack to keep you satisfied between meals! Packed full of protein and naturally sweetened, these snack bars are gluten free, vegan, dairy free and paleo friendly!
“These aren’t sour enough. What is wrong with you?”
“Excuse me? What are you on about AGAIN?”
“Well, when I eat something paired with white chocolate, I expect it to be tart or sour, to balance it out. Duh!”
“There’s raspberries in there.”
“These are dried raspberries and are too sweet. You should have tested each one before you put them in the cookies.”
“Like each individual dried raspberry?”
“You have issues. Anyway, you make no sense. There’s half a batch missing. I certainly didn’t eat them.”
“Oh I did. I just ate them with lemon tea, heavy on the lemon juice to balance it out. See what you make me do?”
Once again, my sister’s logic trumps us all.
I remember when I made these no bake white chocolate raspberry cookies, they were quite a hit with everyone…except Niki.
While I can see her point that raspberries should generally be quite tart, the fact that I used the dried option would have been a good indication that it would have been more on the sweet side (as with most dried fruits).
Granted, I DID try it first with raspberries (both frozen and fresh) and it looked like a gory movie, in snack bar form. Unlike some other fruits (mashed bananas, applesauce or even pumpkin) which can easily be mixed into flours or used in no-bake recipes, sadly, raspberries (or in the quantity and amount of flavor I wanted for the recipe) are NOT one to do so.
The other issue I have with using fresh raspberries (or rather, failing using fresh raspberries) is the COST!!!!!!!!
Sorry for shouting.
For a punnet (pint) of raspberries, you’d be looking at $7-$8.
I could buy……..(time for a quick search on Ralph’s)
-4 cartons of dairy free milk
-Too many apples
-19 cent bananas (at Trader Joes)
-7 packets of gum
-8 songs off iTunes
-2 discounted roasted chickens
While dried fruits ARE typically more expensive than their fresh counterparts, because of their natural (extra) sweetness, you only need a tiny amount to compensate.
Anyway, enough complaining on my end. Let’s talk about the flavor marriage of white chocolate and raspberries in these no bake protein bars!
These healthy no bake raspberry and white chocolate protein bars are a quick and easy recipe which takes barely any time at all to whip up! Unlike store bought protein bars which typically contain a slew of (unknown) ingredients, these use wholesome, healthy ingredients which you can feel about putting in your body! These bars have amazing taste and texture too- Soft, chewy (yet portable!) and bursts of sweetness and tartness! I used these dairy free white chocolate chips, but have also made my own version to keep them paleo and gluten free, following this tutorial. Depending on which you choose, these bars are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free!
In case there are any of you guys like Niki out there who don’t want to risk the potential ‘over-sweetness’, I mixed half tart cranberries with the raspberries so your taste buds will have the ultimate taste sensation!
Make these healthy no bake white chocolate raspberry protein bars and if your taste buds want to be tantalized, just add cranberries.
Or, well, drink lemon tea.
Want to see a step-by-step video of how these are made? Check out just how easy they are below!
Healthy No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bars
- 2 cups gluten free oat flour For the paleo option, use 1 cup coconut flour
- ½ cup coconut flour sifted (Can sub for almond or more oat flour)
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder I opt for vegan brown rice, casein or paleo
- 2 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice optional*
- ½ cup cashew butter can sub for any nut butter
- ½ cup brown rice syrup sub for maple syrup in the paleo version
- 1/4 cup dried unsweetened raspberries
- 1/4 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
- 1/4 cup dairy free or homemade white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup + milk of choice**
- Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with baking paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, protein powder, granulated sweetener and mix well.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, combine the nut butter and liquid sweetener and heat until melted.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well- It should be crumbly. Add the dried raspberries, cranberries and white chocolate chips, and mix until fully incorporated. Using a tablespoon, add the dairy free milk of choice, until a thick firm batter is formed.
- Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
** Depending on the brand of protein powder and coconut flour you use, you'll most likely need more- adjust accordingly.
These bars are best kept refrigerated for the best texture.
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I like typical sugar bombs like Cinnamon buns as much as I love tart things 😉 And yes, raspberries are super expensive now. But I can`t wait for coming summer with all fresh berries!
Right? That’s the best part of Summer! 🙂
Yaa raspberries are little ridic when it comes to the cost. I snatch them up when I see them on sale. I love the tartness!
YES! Such a smart idea to do that!
I do need balance but I don’t think I would complain if you handed me a batch of these “as is.”
Coming right up!
Yum! Pinned this one for later!
I hear ya, mate! Fresh berries are so darned expensive. We have a bunch of raspberry bushes in our backyard, though…so I’m thinking these bars need to make an appearance around here in, oh, about 5 more months. 🙂 P.S. Did you make these bars in LAX? Because that would be pretty epic.
I’m jealous- You have everything in your backyard!!!
I wish I made them AT Lax…although with all my ingredients I brought back, I pretty much could have!
I do love sweets that have some tartness thrown in! Also, raspberries are so much more expensive! Plus, they go bad way faster than all the other berries, so if I haven’t used them within two days of buying I basically just wasted my money…..
Omg. They totally do…yet strawberries can actually last forever!
YES. Fresh raspberries are too expensive for my college budget. I usually buy frozen fruit for smoothies, but I’ve had to wait on the fresh raspberries. Meh.
Right? Not much longer to go….I think!
I balance out sweet with salty. I’ve been trying to curb my sweet tooth lately, so I’m enjoying tart things and even have branched out with dark chocolate. I’m loving just eating coconut butter on its own, but it sounds like it would make great white chocolate chips as well. Great recipe Arman 🙂
It definitely does, it’s what I use for my homemade white chocolate chips!
The price of berries in Paris is on par with Australia… aka I need to take out a loan before buying any.
Omg broccoli is $7.50 a kilo on SPECIAL.
I just couldn’t focus on work today so I pretty much procratinated all day. After I had cooked and cleaned everything and also taken a nap I ran out of ideas. Then I read your post. Then I made these bars 🙂
I feel like they will pair well with strong coffee.
😀 I didn’t even ask you how they were!
I agree that some things can be way too sweet, but I prefer something bitter like dark chocolate or unsweetened nut butters! Tastes amazing. I love these bars so much because they’re very soft and doughey–they don’t taste like those cardboard chalky protein bars but almost like cake in a bar!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them- They are totally doughy, aren’t they!
Yay I’m so happy the pan size is listed – thank you! I am definitely making these!
🙂 Thanks, Lisa! Enjoy!
So…where do I submit my application to be a professional taste tester/recipe bite specialist for the photos?
You are HIRED!