These homemade protein bars are made with wholesome ingredients and naturally sweetened- they need just 4 ingredients! Packed with over 21 grams of protein and no baking required.
Need snack time inspiration? Here’s a protein-packed snack that is always a massive hit in our house: protein bars!
I grew up eating Pure protein bars and Quest protein bars but not anymore.
Sick and tired of forking out tons of money for store-bought ones, I opted to make my own and feel SO much better about it… and my wallet is thanking me too!
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Best homemade protein bars recipe
This protein bar recipe combines two of our other high protein snacks: protein balls and oatmeal energy balls. I love packing them in my bag for a quick and healthy snack between meals, and you’ll often find them in my car, too!
- Made with just 4 ingredients, they take minutes to prepare. We try to make a batch at least once a week, so we always have some on hand. However, they taste so good, they rarely last that long.
- They use wholesome ingredients, like coconut flour, and are sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup.
- Each bar packs in over 21 grams of protein.
- They are great to enjoy between meals as they always keep hunger at bay!
Homemade protein bars are simple creatures: they use pantry staple ingredients with the addition of protein powder. Here is what you’ll need:
- Protein Powder. Any protein powder works, including whey protein, casein protein, and brown rice protein.
For flavored protein bars, why not try a flavored protein powder? Chocolate, peanut butter, and cinnamon roll are all fabulous flavors.
- Coconut Flour. This helps hold the protein bars together while ensuring they have a soft and doughy texture.
- Peanut Butter. Smooth and drippy peanut butter, with no added sugar. You can also use almond butter.
- Maple Syrup. Sweetens the bars without adding refined sugar.
- Chocolate Chips. To cover the protein bars with! To keep these as plain peanut butter protein bars, you can omit the chocolate.
How to make homemade protein bars
Step 1- Mix the ingredients
Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until combined. Fold through the chocolate chips.
Step 2- Let the bars set
Transfer the mix into a lined pan and press down until smooth on top. Refrigerate for an hour.
Step 3- Slice
Using a slightly wet knife, slice into protein bars, then serve.
Dietary swaps and substitutions
This protein bar recipe is very forgiving and it’s easy to make them compliant to a plethora of diets out there with a few simple swaps.
- Cut the sugar. Replace the maple syrup with a sugar free maple syrup.
- Replace the coconut flour. Either oat or almond flour can be used instead. You may need to add a little extra flour to compensate for the extra moisture.
- Make them peanut-free. Almond butter or cashew butter are both great nut butters to use. You could make chocolate protein bars by using healthy Nutella.
- Make them nut-free. Tahini or sunflower seed butter have an almost identical texture to nut butter.
- Vegan and/or gluten free. Make vegan protein bars instead.
To store: Homemade protein bars are best stored in the refrigerator, covered. They will keep well for up to two weeks.
To freeze: Place the bars in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Homemade protein bars are great for weight management or a weight loss diet as they use wholesome and healthy ingredients and have around 150 calories.
Solely eating multiple protein bars can have negative side effects, especially if you have an intolerance to protein powder ingredients.
However, enjoying 1-2 protein bars per day as a snack can keep you satisfied and fuller for longer.
Most protein shake recipes have few carbs or fat in it, which won’t keep you as satisfied as a protein bar. Shakes are great after a workout, especially if you intend to eat a solid meal soon after.
Homemade Protein Bars (4 Ingredients!)
- Line a deep pan with parchment paper and set aside. For thicker bars, use an 8 x 8-inch pan. For thinner bars, use any size bigger.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well.
- In a small mixing bowl, melt your peanut butter with sticky sweetener until combined. Add to dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.
- Transfer protein bar batter into the lined baking dish and press firmly in place. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. Once firm, cut into bars and cover in optional chocolate and enjoy!
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