No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Bars


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Cookies and cream protein bars are a homemade version of the Quest Cookies and Cream protein bars. Soft, chewy, and made with healthy ingredients, these cookies and cream protein bars take 10 minutes to make! Vegan and Gluten Free.

cookies and cream protein bars

I am a certified snacker. If I’m not snacking on peanut butter cookies or oatmeal cookie bars, I’m definitely noshing on these cookies and cream protein bars.

After being a die hard quest protein bar fan, I just couldn’t justify spending tons of money each week on store bought protein bars. My all time favorite protein bar flavor is Cookies and Cream, so I decided to make my own!

Not only was it much cheaper and more delicious, I knew EXACTLY what was going in them.

The texture was spot on- Thick, soft and chewy protein bars that are stable at room temperature. The taste was fantastic- Sweet, satisfying and loaded with chunks of chocolate cookie pieces.

These protein bars are completely vegan and gluten free, with tips to make them keto and paleo!

How to make cookies and cream protein bars

The Ingredients

  • Oat Flour– It’s just ground up oatmeal. You can make your own or store bought. Be sure you use gluten free oats, to keep it gluten free.
  • Coconut Flour- Works well with the oat flour, to keep the bars extra chewy. If you don’t want to use coconut flour, add more oat flour.
  • Protein Powder– You can use vanilla flavored or unflavored. Be sure you like the taste of it, as it will be quite evident. 
  • Granulated sweetener of choice– Optional, but recommended if your protein powder is unflavored or unsweetened.
  • Almond butter– Smooth and drippy almond butter, with no added sugar or salt. You can use any nut or seed butter butter, provided it has a smooth texture. 
  • Maple syrup– Gives the protein bars sweetness, and holds them together. You can use agave nectar or brown rice syrup if you prefer.
  • Chocolate Cookies– Crumble up some chocolate cookies for the delicious cookie flavor. Feel free to use store bought cookies if that is what you have on hand.
  • Milk of choice– To help form the dough into bars! Use any milk that you prefer! 

The Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Add in your almond butter and syrup, and mix until a crumbly texture remains. Slowly add the milk, until a thick batter remains. Gently fold through your crumbled chocolate cookies. Transfer the protein bar batter into a lined 8 x 8-inch pan. Refrigerate until firm, around 2 hours. Once firm, cut into bars. 

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Can I make this keto and paleo?

To make these keto friendly, replace the oat flour with 1 cup of coconut flour (total- do not add the extra coconut flour). Instead of using maple syrup, use keto maple syrup. The rest of the ingredients are already keto, so you’ll be good to go! 

Storing and Freezing Tips

  • To store: Cookies and cream protein bars can be stored at room temperature, in a sealed container. They will keep well for at least 1 week. Store them in the refrigerator to keep them for longer. 
  • To freeze: These protein bars can be stored in the freezer in a ziplock bag or freezer friendly container. They will freeze well for at least 6 months. 

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no bake cookies and cream protein bars

No Bake Cookies and Cream Protein Bars

5 from 102 votes
Just ten minutes is needed to make these delicious no bake protein bars that taste like a cookies and cream dessert bar, but so much healthier! These bars are refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan, dairy free!
Servings: 12 Bars
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes



  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener and set aside.
  • Add the almond butter and syrup, and mix well, until a crumbly batter remains.
  • Using a spoon, add the milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed. Gently fold through the crumbled cookies.
  • 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 milk.


Serving: 1BarCalories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSodium: 29mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 12IUCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 9g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I’m glad I didn’t really know about the delight of Quest Bars until recently. These creations you’ve come up with sound just divine … if only you could send me a batch! 🙂

  2. Ahhh the college budget. I’m impressed with you saving up and not phoning your parents when times got a little tougher. I think I’m more on the same boat as your sis ;). But anywhooo, these look amazing! King of the No-Bake ANYTHING.

  3. 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 😀

  4. 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!

  5. These look like healthy quest bars to me!! Cookies n Cream anything is a win in my book.. and when you take out any nasty ingredients – I’m all for it!

  6. 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.

  7. Well since I will eventually run out of quest bars, this could be a good option, although I own none of those ingredients. Not yet!

  8. 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!

    1. If I was your son, I would be bribing you to fedex some home goodies on a consistent basis! But KALE? Wow. That’s impressive!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

    1. Hahahaha YES team legal at 18! Ohhhh you’re in for a treat- I’m recreating the ‘Summer roll’ in a paleo style 🙂

  11. Someone made a ball gown out of Quest Bars? I think I might hurl.

    I like your sketch free version. Speaking of sketchy, in college, I lived on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and cheap beer.

  12. 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.

  13. I literally have no words. These look amazing. Do you ship to Canada? Better yet… do you deliver in person?