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My new favorite snack! No-bake Protein Bars

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Confession time.

Judge how you will, but this pregnant lady is hungry all the time and I only want to eat three things: cheese sticks, cereal, and frozen waffles with almond butter.

I have them everyday and have to restrain myself from having seconds throughout the day.

I’ve been needing another go-to snack and remembered this awesome no-bake protein bar recipe that Rob found years ago. I made them again about two weeks ago and am in love. IN LOVE. I now eat cheese sticks, cereal, frozen waffles, and protein bars. Look at me shakin’ things up!! 😀

For years I’ve turned to Kind Bars, and the like, as an easy on-the-go snack. However, they are expensive, and don’t seem to fill me up for very long. These homemade protein bars are saving me some cash-o-la, are super easy to make, and are keeping me happy between meals.

I’ve been digging these so much, that the last batch I made was a double recipe. For convenience, I cut them into squares and put them in baggies ahead of time. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m less likely to eat something if I actually have to take a whole pan out of the fridge, cut a square, and put it on a plate. Silly? Yes. But this reality has made me aware that I need to make things as convenient as possible for myself.

Prep the bars

A note on this recipe before you dive in: the texture really is dictated by the type of protein powder you use. Some powders leave the dough a bit dry, so you’ll need to add more of the wet ingredients (almond milk, applesauce, or honey). Other powders leave the dough very moist, which makes it a bit sticky, and therefore, a little less easy to eat on-the-go.

I recommend mixing all the ingredients and decide how the dough looks to you. If it seems dry, add wet, and vice versa. Then refrigerate. It may take a try or two to get the texture just right with the type of protein you’re using.

That’s really the trickiest part. Everything else is über easy! So, here we go: No-bake protein bars to the rescue!

No Bake Protein Bars

NO-BAKE PROTEIN BARS

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1 cup Protein Powder chocolate or vanilla flavor (I use whey powder)
  • 1/4 cup Slivered Almonds or Crushed Peanuts
  • 1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 T Cinnamon Powder

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Honey (or less, depending on how sweet you like them)
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate (chucks or chips melted)
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract

DIRECTIONS

Stir together the dry ingredients. In a pot on the stove, melt and stir together the wet ingredients. When fully melted, mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Place dough in a 8x8ish size pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

And that’s it!! Enjoy!! 😀

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Z.D. August 25, 2016, 11:17 am

    Thank you for posting this! I probably eat about three protein bars a week (I like the “Think Thin” bars, they fill me up pretty well and have a good ratio of protein to sugar), and being on a tight budget, it’s an expensive addition to my pantry. But I have a HUGE container of protein powder somebody (*cough cough* HUSBAND *cough*) wasting away in the kitchen, so this gives me a chance to kill to two birds with one stone!
    One quick question: you listed Dark Chocolate under the wet ingredients. Dark Chocolate …what? Dark Chocolate chips? Dark Chocolate syrup? Melted Dark Chocolate?

    • Amy Rakowczyk August 28, 2016, 3:07 pm

      Ha! Husbands. 🙂 I hope you will try it out!
      I put “dark chocolate” under wet ingredients because even though I use it in solid form, it gets melted in with the other wet items. I usually use dark chocolate chunks, or sometimes chocolate chips if that’s what I have on hand!

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