Just ten minutes is needed to make this delicious no bake Pralines and Cream protein bar recipe which taste like a pralines and cream ice cream 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!
“I don’t like ice cream.”
I think it’s safe to say, most families are divided when it comes to ice cream flavors. Of course, you ALWAYS have that one family member or relative who doesn’t like ice cream. We can pretend in this instance that they are adopted.
Growing up, I never really did have a favorite flavor. I’d always choose the “Neopolitan” tubs at the supermarket because I could have three different flavors, and also I was greedy. I never liked eating ice cream out of a cone. Instead, I’d always request my serving in a bowl and then begin to dance around it and make ice cream soup. I kid you not- I would literally mash it, spank it and poke it until the once firm ice cream would now resemble an ugly swap.
A delicious, ugly swamp.
I was clearly the beautiful black sheep of the family, as the majority of them (except for Niki) went gaga over one flavor- Pralines and cream. I was always perplexed as why they liked that particular flavor. There were barely any nuts in it and when you DID find some, they were peanuts.
Sorry, I need to vent for a second.
DEAR MAKERS OF MIXED NUTS. STOP LETTING THE PEANUTS STEAL THE THUNDER. GIVE THE PISTACHIOS, CASHEWS AND ALMONDS A CHANCE TOO.
But seriously, finding the non-peanut in a jar of mixed nuts is like searching for a bloody unicorn. Impossible.
Pralines and cream was never my top ice cream choice. It only became one of my favorites after I visited Toronto in 2010 and tasted what I presume a REAL pralines and cream ice cream to taste like. This version was chock full of candied nuts (NO PEANUTS) and with a simple, creamy, vanilla base. I thought I had lucked out but after ordering at several other locations outside of Canada (Still in America), I realised that once again, Australia had failed me when it came to ice cream.
Australian pralines and cream = Vanilla ice cream and some peanuts and the hope of stumbling upon an almond.
Everywhere else- Vanilla ice cream with caramelized nuts and often without peanuts, and with a unicorn’s tail enrobed in it.
When it came to thinking up a delicious family favorite recipe to share as part of the #makeyourmove campaign with Kohl’s, I thought to involve ice cream. Well, my favorite ice cream flavor. I opted to create a delicious, healthy no bake protein packed snack bar which tasted like a pralines and cream ice cream.
Because traditional praline can be high in sugar and added fats, I used my sugar-free caramelized stovetop nuts recipe, which this non-stick pan is perfect for. The best part is the caramelized nuts only took 10 minutes so once cooled, I used it to make these epic No Bake Pralines and Cream Protein bars!
These healthy No Bake Pralines and Cream Protein Bars literally taste like dessert but are chock full of the good stuff to keep you satisfied. Chewy, doughy and creamy, these bars could be your healthy candy bar you enjoy BEFORE an actual candy bar. They pack a protein punch and are high in fiber, thanks to the coconut flour. I’d recommend blending them all up (I use this blender) for the perfect consistency! Naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo and refined sugar free too!
HACK! I stick to this recipe for making my own dairy free white chocolate chips (I’ve tried 3-4 recipes, and this one holds up the best) and usually make one huge block and use a meat cleaver to hack them into chunks. So classy. For those without the ingredients or time, you can use standard white chocolate chips, however, they will alter the dietary compatibility.
Make these healthy No Bake Pralines and Cream protein bars and the next time you try a food you’re not a fan of, try it somewhere else.
If you love these kind of recipes, you’ll LOVE these No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars– Check out the recipe video below for a step-by-step process!
- 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)*
- 1/4 cup sugar free caramelised nuts (or any chopped nuts of choice)
- 2-3 T homemade white chocolate chunks, divided
- ½ cup unsalted almond 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 mixing bowl bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener and caramelised nuts 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. Stir in the white chocolate chunks.
- Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Top with more white chocolate chunks and 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.
- These bars can keep at room temperature, but best refrigerated and are freezer friendly.
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Does it grind your gears when mixed nuts are mostly peanuts?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Do you have an adopted member of your family aka the one person who doesn’t like ice cream?