An easy recipe for homemade low carb protein bars, better than anything store-bought and ready in 5 minutes! Made either with oats or coconut flour, these tasty protein bars are a quick and healthy snack or workout fuel! Paleo, Ketogenic, Vegan, Gluten Free.
Homemade protein bars are a popular section on the blog, with reader favorites include these peanut butter protein bars, no bake apple pie protein bars and my personal favorite, the snickers protein bars. In fact, even my personal trainer loves them!
No Bake Protein Bars
It’s no surprise that more and more people are making their own protein bars. Supermarkets and grocery stores carry a plethora of them, but at a cost- You’d be lucky to find a good quality protein bar with minimal ingredients AND at a reasonable price.
How do you make your own protein bars?
I don’t believe you need to spend lots of money on expensive bars when you can easily make your own TASTY homemade protein bars with easy, everyday ingredients.
My homemade protein bars are satisfying, easy and literally take 5 minutes to make. Not only do they only need 4 ingredients, but I’ve included two options!
- Protein Bars made with oats (this one is vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free!)
- Protein bars made without oats (this one uses no protein powder, is paleo, keto, and low carb)
Not only that, but they don’t require any refrigeration and can be packed for travel, school, lunch boxes etc.
The reason for sharing two options is that I find with most protein bar recipes, there tend to be two teams- One who prefers an oat-based bar recipe and one who prefers not using protein powder!
Homemade Protein Bars with oats
Pictured is the protein bars using oats. As mentioned earlier, you only need four ingredients to make the oat version-
- Old fashioned oats (quinoa flakes work well too!)
- Smooth nut or seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter etc)
- A sticky sweetener (maple syrup and agave work best!)
- Protein Powder of choice (see favorites below!)
The combination of these ingredients provides a wholesome, filling oatmeal protein bar between meals. Whenever I’m in a time pinch, I sometimes have 3-4 of them as a wholesome breakfast option too!
Homemade Protein Bars without protein powder
Making protein bars without protein powder is easy, and only needs THREE ingredients-
- Coconut Flour
- Smooth nut or seed butter
- Natural Sugar Free Maple Syrup (I use a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup)
The coconut flour is naturally low in carbs and high in fiber, and the nut/seed butter provides a solid dose of protein. I prefer homemade protein bars with almond butter, as they have a mild flavor without being overpowering!
What is the best kind of protein powder to use?
When it comes to using protein powder in recipes, I strictly use three kinds-
- Brown Rice Protein Powder
- Casein Protein Powder
- Paleo Protein Powder
The reason for only using those three blends is that I find that they mix well with dry ingredients, and provide a thicker texture. I never recommend using other types, as they tend to yield either dry/crumbly results and/or sticky textures.
Are protein bars good for kids?
It really depends on the age of the child and how active they are. I never grew up on eating protein bars, but I do know of family/friends who make protein-packed snacks for their kids. If you don’t want to use protein powder, opt for the protein powder-free recipe. If your child needs a protein boost, it’s best to speak to a medical professional if you have any concerns.
More homemade protein bar recipes
- Bounty Protein Bars
- No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars
- Cookies and Cream Protein Bars
- Almond Joy Protein Bars
- White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bars
Homemade Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)
For the protein powder-free option (Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free)
For the oat version (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
- Line a deep 8 x 8-inch or 8 x 10-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut/seed butter with your sticky sweetener until combined. Mix your wet and dry ingredients and mix until a thick batter remains.
- Transfer the protein bar dough to the lined pan and press firmly in place. Refrigerate.
- Melt your chocolate chips and pour over the bars. Refrigerate until firm.