No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Bars

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! 

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Snack Bars- Just 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like candy! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

“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. 

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Snack Bars- Just 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like candy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

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. 

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Snack Bars- Just 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like candy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

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. 

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Snack Bars- Just 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like candy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo 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.

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Snack Bars- Just 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like candy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

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. 

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Bars
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!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups gluten free oat flour (For the paleo option, use 1 cup coconut flour)
  2. ½ cup coconut flour, sifted (Can sub for almond or more oat flour)
  3. ½ cup vanilla vegan or paleo friendly protein powder
  4. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)*
  5. 2-3 chocolate sandwich cookies of choice, crumbled (I used two homemade paleo nutella cookies)
  6. ½ cup sunflower seed butter (can sub for any nut butter)
  7. ½ cup brown rice syrup (sub for maple syrup in the paleo version)
  8. 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
  2. In large microwave safe bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener and chocolate cookie crumbles and mix well.
  3. 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.
  4. Using a spoon, add the dairy free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
  5. Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. * I omitted the sweetener as my vegan protein powder was sweetened
  2. ** Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
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Have you checked out my other recipes as part of my collaboration with Kohl’s? 

Three Ingredient No Bake Oatmeal Bars

3 Ingredient No Bake Oatmeals- Easy, delicious and the perfect healthy snack to have on hand- Naturally gluten free, vegan and allergen friendly!

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn 

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn - Just three minutes to crispy, sweet and salty popcorn which tastes and smells like fresh cinnamon buns, but with a healthy twist!

Healthy No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Snack Bars- Just 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like candy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

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96 thoughts on “No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Bars

  1. Oh hi, you had me at Cookies and Cream – one of my favourite ice cream flavours at the scoop store in my hometown. And that in a bar? Yes, please. Coming from me as a non-bar fiend.
    I’ve never experienced that student-abroad/US student on a meal plan feeling but from hearing about it elsewhere already it seems tough business. I’m pretty sure you’ll make some college students happy they can prepare their own bars and save money for textbooks 😉 .

  2. I just tried the cookies & cream quest bar for the first time and it was the first flavor I’ve actually enjoyed! That said, even though my budget is bigger than it was in college, those bars add up fast! It’s definitely cheaper making my own! I’ll have to give this a try!

  3. I think I spent more money on clothes than rent or food during uni. Those were the days haha but I agree with you – I’m completely stubborn and refuse to ever ask my mum for financial help.

  4. Admittedly, I have not gotten to try the cookies and cream bar but now why would I when I have yours?! These look fantastic, Arman. You did a great job with these..perfect for everyone. Have a wonderful day my friend, Catherine

  5. I wish I had this recipe in college when living on a student budget in Oxford and trying to cook with only a semi functioning oven! These look amazing, will be trying now I’m home in the heat again! Honestly in college I was not good at budgeting, now I’ve become better after law school.

  6. Can you believe I’ve never had a quest bar? I see them everywhere, but never bought them. Your version looks really good though! Cookies and cream anything always sounds so good. Considering I just made homemade granola bars for the first time ever this past weekend, I figure I’m a pro now at the homemade snacks haha.

  7. I just started the school year again and I understand the college budget! I have a kitchen in my dorm room this year so I’m luckier, but you have to learn how to make your dining hall meal plan stretch! Thankfully my university has amazing options for a college (I’m talking salmon and quinoa some days). The text book prices do not help the budget though! These look so easy to make though. Could you switch out the cookies for freeze dried fruit or other add in to change the flavor?

  8. I’ve never had a Quest bar buuuuut yours look way better. Also, we are the same–if I ever asked my mom for money she would 100% think I was joking. In fact I actually have no idea what she would say because I’m certain she would be so confused.

  9. Confession: Even though dairy hurts my stomach, I love quest bars. Thank you for making a dairy free option!!!

  10. Oh man, I remember those days when I had to literally count every penny. I’d go digging around under the cushions of the couch in my dorm room for extra change. (I never found any…) I do remember “splurging” to go get cheese quesadillas at a little hole-in-the-wall Mexican place every Friday night. I’d get takeout and then chill out in my dormroom playing video games and watching sports until it was time to go out…or go to bed. Ah, those were the days…now I go to bed at 9pm. Haha! But these bars? Love them! Cookies and cream is one of my all-time favorites!!

    1. Right? Seriously, that 5 cent coin made a difference between brand name drinks and those of subpar quality! Haha how times have changed. I envision you may soon be experiencing the good old times again- Sending over a game boy 😀

  11. I might be in love with you right now over these. I still think back to when i took down my first no bake black bean fudge in my NYC hotel room and inspected where the keebler elves were coming from on HOW it could be so good.

    and quest bars are totally my snack of choice for “i dont know when the next time im going to eat is and if it i need something to hold me over this protein and fiber better WERK bitch” i also walk around everywhere with popcorn because it’s a serious addiction (i find it in my clothes and hair daily)

    add to the list of Arman recipes to make? CHECK

  12. Not in college yet, but my money usually goes into food and other knacks I find at the mall or online!
    My go-to snack is Greek yogurt with peanut butter or cacao powder and Stevia–but sometimes I go crazy and make a mini stack of coconut flour pancakes! If I’m out and about, I like a nice Quest bar or any healthy bar out there 😀

  13. Coming from someone who doesn’t like Quest bars, I am so excited to try these out! I’m going to be an incoming college freshman, so I don’t know exactly where all my “extra” money is going to go, but I have a suspicion it is going to all go to food 😀
    Thanks for the natural, high quality protein bar recipe! I have a feeling this is going to be one of my new favorite treats!

  14. I love this cookie and cream bars, and you used my favorite flour! 🙂 And, I have to admit I love the chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bars — they are always in my pantry.

  15. My college student is pretty pathetic in the cooking dept although I imagine he will learn at some point. Right now all he ever cooks is kale. I know, that’s a bizarre one, isn’t it? Anyway, I might just have to make these and send a care package!

  16. My money went to books. Not textbooks, books for pleasure I bought off Amazon because there was no fiction section in the library. I was still reading, so I told myself I could slack off on other studies.

  17. I’m not going to lie, most of my budget went on alcohol… Then food! But the legal age in the UK is 18 so at least it was all above board! Haha!
    Favourite grab and go snack is dates – although I have found these date rolls here that are either coated in coconut, almonds or pistachios! So addicted!

  18. Just wait until you’re using that blender to guzzle fruit smoothies. Mark my words, it’ll happen.

    I love the look of the frittata with cheese. Mmm.

    I made zucchini roll ups once. They were inedible. Maybe I should have busted out the blender instead.

  19. These look delicious. Would anyone know the macros of these? Mainly protein, carbs and fat. ( and anything else ).

    Cheers everyone

  20. I can’t have any sugar in my diet. Can I leave out the maple syrup? Wondering if they would be too dry, could I just add more milk?

  21. How many servings/bars is this supposed to make? What size pan-8×8 or larger? I’m trying to input all this for nutrition value to actually compare to the Quest bars, which I eat regularly.

      1. I just took them out of the fridge and they are a little tacky (putting one in the freezer to see how that works). I used ¾ cup almond butter, 2T maple syrup, and had to use almost ¼ cup skim milk to get the thick batter. It was super hard to get it to come together. I put it into Myfitness Pal for 12 bars (8×8 pan): 225 calories, 10.4 g fat, 2.8 g fibre, 21 g carbs, and 12 G protein. Overall more calories but less protein than a Quest bar. Tasty though!

  22. Love the look of these, gonna try them later! Have you worked out how much calories/protein/carbs/fat are in each bar at all? And how many bars does the recipe make? Would be useful to know 🙂

  23. So I am not sure what I did wrong, I made the bars but they turned out to be a cookie dough consistency rather than a bar… What makes yours look/taste like an actual bar???

  24. Hello! I wanna try your recipe, but do you mind telling me how much portion is 2 T? Or 1 T? Please. Thank you!

  25. Hello! I hope I’ll still get a response even though this was posted a year and a half ago! 🙂 I do not follow a strict Paleo or Vegan diet but these look so incredible and I want a recipe to make my own protein bars. One question, will Whey protein work in this recipe?

    Thank you!!!!

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