Special Edition: Wacky Wednesday – Protein Snack.

Quick & Easy No-Bake Protein Bars

By: Angela Liddon

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These no-bake bars are thrown together in minutes and make the perfect snack to store in the freezer for a quick burst of energy. Feel free to use sunflower seed butter to make these nut-free. I used an unsweetened/unflavored protein powder, so if you are using a sweetened protein powder, you will likely have to reduce the liquid sweetener (and make up for the lack of liquid by adding some non-dairy milk). Play around with it if necessary and aim for a cookie dough texture. You can also roll the dough into balls and add in chocolate chips if you don’t wish to make them into bar form.

Total Time
15 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, blended into a flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened/unflavored vegan protein powder (I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Natural)
  • 1/2 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Add in the nut/seed butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir well to combine. If the mixture is a bit dry, add a splash of non-dairy milk and mix again.
  3. Press into pan and roll out with a pastry roller until smooth. Pop into the freezer.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a small pot over low heat. When half of the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth.
  5. After freezing the bars for about 5-10 minutes, remove from freezer and slice into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate and freeze again until set. Store in the freezer for a week or longer in an air-tight freezer bag or container.

Whey options:  BIOCHEM WHEY, OPTIMIM NUTRITION GOLD STANDARD WHEY, NOW SPORTS WHEY, ALL PRO SCIENCE GRASS FED WHEY

Vegan plant based powders: VEGA, GROWING NATURALS, NUTIVA HEMP PROTEIN, PLANTFUSION, GARDEN OF LIFE RAW PROTEIN, and SUNWARRIOR

Try one out and see how you like it, many of them come in different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and berry.

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