Just ten minutes is needed to make these delicious no bake protein bars which taste like a cookies and cream dessert bar, but so much healthier! These bars are refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan, dairy free and have a tested paleo option too! Much better than store bought and easy to make!
“My college budget doesn’t allow me to print in colour so I couldn’t do my assignment”
“My college budget only allows me to go out Thursday night and Saturday night so I had to skip my Friday class”
“My college budget doesn’t allow me to buy healthy snacks. It only affords…..something possibly not legal”
Oh yes. The good old budget of the college student.
I learned many things during my college semester abroad in New York. I learned business statistics and applying them to various organizations. I learned how the left side of the brain does something different to the right side of the brain. I learned that Saturdays were the best days to eat in the Dining Hall. I learned that Sundays were the days leftovers got fancy makeovers in the Dining Hall.
I also learned that a typical college students’ budget only goes so far.
During the first few weeks of college, I learnt pretty quickly just how limited my budget as a student was. Not being able to work whilst on my student visa at the time, I had to allocate specific portions of my savings to be able to maintain my time over there comfortably.
I’d spent the three years leading up to my exchange working and saving every cent to ensure I could cover my flights, tuition and everyday living expenses for the entire 6 months. Call it self pride or stupidity, but I’d never been one to ask mum for money when things got tough or my bank balance got low. If I couldn’t afford it, I didn’t get it. Simple as that.
Let’s not talk about Niki who does NOT share those same sentiments.
When it comes to budgeting and only having a limited budget, spending money on snacks outside of what’s included in the meal plan wouldn’t be particularly high on anyone’s list. Speaking from experience, why would I buy a healthy snack bar when I could buy GOLDFISH CRACKERS WHICH CAME IN 10 COLORS?!
Sorry, I may also be biased because I’m Australian. But seriously, multicolored goldfish? Let’s not talk about the flavored vitamin waters…..
Amongst health and fitness enthusiasts, you’d have to be living under a rock not to know what a Quest bar is. They are those high protein, low sugar snack bars which are tasty and pack a nutritional punch. Although I do enjoy them as a quick and healthy snack when I’m out and about, I’m most certainly not going to make a ball gown of them or call them a dessert. As an active college student or someone who wants a healthy snack bar to have on hand between meals, they would be a great option.
As part of my partnership with Kohl’s, I’m sharing quick, easy and healthy snacks which can easily be made in a dorm room or at home with kids. I wanted to recreate one of my favourite Quest Bar flavours, cookies and cream, but without the hard to find ingredients and that artificial fiber.
These healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Bars literally taste like dessert but are chock full of the good stuff to keep you satisfied. Not only do they taste like a cookies and cream dessert bar, but they have a soft and chewy texture NOT aided by any artificial fiber substitutes. Naturally gluten free, they are also vegan, high in protein and they also come with a tested Paleo version too. Not only do they take less then 10 minutes to whip up, they don’t need any fancy kitchen gadgets AND they don’t need refrigeration.
Delicious hack- Although many of my no bake recipes can be stored at room temperature (trust me, I always try it out!) if you keep them frozen and thaw out for 10 or so minutes, they actually taste like fudge- Perfect if you have one of those mini fridges in your room. Healthy protein bars which taste like fudge that can be eaten anytime? I think so.
Make these healthy no bake cookies and cream protein bars and spend the money saved on store bought protein bars on….textbooks.
Yes, text books.
- 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 vegan or paleo friendly protein powder
- 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)*
- 2-3 chocolate sandwich cookies of choice, crumbled (I used two homemade paleo nutella cookies)
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter (can sub for any nut butter)
- ½ cup brown rice syrup (sub for maple syrup in the paleo version)
- 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**
- Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
- In large microwave safe bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener and chocolate cookie crumbles and mix well.
- In a microwave safe bowl, 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.
- Using a spoon, add the dairy free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
- Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- * I omitted the sweetener as my vegan protein powder was sweetened
- ** Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.
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