An easy recipe for homemade keto cinnamon roll protein bars! Made with just 5 ingredients, this easy low cinnamon roll protein bar is the ultimate protein-rich snack or healthy dessert. Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Low Carb.
Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars Recipe
There’s something about a cinnamon roll that gets me every time, and it HAS to be the thick layer of frosting.
We’re big fans of cinnamon recipes here, like fluffy cinnamon roll pancakes, cinnamon bun protein bars and of course, sticky cinnamon roll oatmeal. It’s time for a healthy cinnamon protein bar made without an oven!
These healthy cinnamon roll protein bars tick all the boxes. A thick and chewy base topped with a fool-proof smooth and creamy protein-rich cream cheese frosting.
Made with wholesome healthy ingredients, you won’t believe these no bake cinnamon bars are completely paleo and vegan. Not only that, because of the ingredients used, it is naturally low carb, sugar-free, keto-friendly and dairy free.
Bonus? These protein packed snack bars are made without any protein powder!
Don’t let all the diet labels attached to it fool you though- It tastes anything but, and frankly, could be even an acceptable breakfast!
To make these easy cinnamon roll protein bars you only need 6 ingredients-
- Coconut flour
- A nut or seed butter of choice
- A sticky sweetener of choice
- A granulated sweetener of choice
- Cream cheese of choice
Using coconut flour makes these no bake bars naturally low carb, keto-friendly and high in fiber.
Coconut flour also provides the delicious cake-like texture, which works perfectly when paired with the nut/seed butter and sticky sweetener.
If you cannot tolerate coconut products, you can substitute it for almond meal or almond flour. However, please be wary that you’ll need to double the amount required, purely because coconut flour absorbs liquids differently to almond flour.
THE NUT/SEED BUTTER
Although any nut or seed butter can technically be used, I opted to use cashew butter, as it is mild tasting and really lets the cinnamon flavor shine through. Almond butter would also be a fantastic option.
If you can tolerate peanuts, smooth peanut butter will be fine, but the flavor is very overpowering. It also isn’t suitable for my paleo friends.
To keep these no bake cinnamon roll protein bars 100% nut-free, I love using no sugar added sunflower seed butter!
KETO APPROVED SWEETENERS
Both a sticky sweetener and granulated/liquid sweetener needs to be used to make these healthy no bake bars.
For the liquid sweetener, I use a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup, as it is keto-approved, low carb and is sugar free.
Paleo and vegan readers, you can use pure maple syrup, which is refined sugar free.
Granulated monk fruit sweetener is suitable for all diets, and is keto, paleo, and vegan-friendly. If you don’t possess any dietary restrictions, any granulated sweetener of choice will work.
Alternatively, you can use a few drops of liquid stevia. Different brands yield different servings, so adjust accordingly. I love using this vanilla stevia and find 10-15 drops to be perfectly sufficient.
STORE BOUGHT VS HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE
The market is full of many diet-friendly cream cheese options, suitable for keto and vegan readers alike. Using a store-bought cream cheese would be the easiest and quickest choice for these no bake bars.
Any full-fat cream cheese is keto-friendly. Do not use a reduced fat or fat-free version, as the lack of fat is compensated for with extra carbs, which will no longer keep someone in ketosis.
Vegan friends, any dairy free spreadable cream cheese will work. Be wary NOT to use a flavored one, and ensure it is plain.
For those wanting a homemade cream cheese, this homemade cream cheese based off cashews is paleo, keto, and vegan, and would be perfect for it. Please note that this method is more time consuming and will require extra prep prior.
A protein-packed breakfast, wholesome snack or a little cinnamon-spiked dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth- This healthy no bake keto cinnamon Roll bars recipe are your quick and easy answer!
No Bake Paleo Vegan Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars (Keto, Sugar Free)
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your coconut flour, smooth nut or seed butter, sticky sweetener of choice and one tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix until a thick batter remains. If the batter is too thick, add some liquid (milk, water) as needed. If the batter is too thin, add extra coconut flour.
- Transfer the batter to the lined pan and refrigerate.
- In a separate bowl, mix your softened cream cheese with the extra half tablespoon of cinnamon and granulated sweetener of choice until fully combined. Spread the frosting over the chilled cinnamon roll bar base.
- Once firm, cut into 12 bars and enjoy!
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